Research Higher Degree Students
RESEARCH PROPOSAL TEMPLATE – RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREE STUDENTS
Program: PhD ? MPhil ? Date:
Student’s Name: Full-time ? Part-time ?
Field of Study:
List any names of potential academics from Torrens.
1. Project title
(Not more than 20 words):
2. Project summary
In not more than 100 words, summarise aims, significance and expected outcomes:
3. Project details
A statement of no more than 1000 words outlining your proposed area of study and covering the following points:
3.1. Introductory background
3.2. Research questions and brief evidence from literature
Demonstrate a research gap and devise research questions that the proposed study will investigate and answer.
3.3. Aims/objectives of the project
How is the research question or problem to be addressed? Outline the theoretical framework and research methods. Provide a detailed explanation of the stages in the research and the major tasks to be undertaken within each stage of your work.
3.4. Significance/contribution to the discipline
How does the literature review justify the research?
3.5. Theoretical framework and methodology
Outline and justify the proposed methodology. Show that you have considered the best methods to achieve the aims. Discuss the rationale for your selection of research paradigm, research techniques, data collection, proposed analyses, etc.
3.6. Contributions, revelations and future research
Attach the following in the APA referencing style:
• a list of the scholarly references cited in this document;
• a bibliography of planned reading.