A research proposal is a more detailed description of the project you are going to undertake.
In view of the pressure to get started fairly quickly, this can cause anxiety and even panic. There are several ways forward: This list is not exhaustive, and you need to check whether your department has a preference for particular kinds of research study.
Discuss your proposed topic with a member of academic staff who you think might be appropriate to supervise the project.
This sets out your research field but does not frame a research problem because it is too general.
You do not have time to study everything about a topic, so you should focus on an aspect that you are interested in.
It is useful to work out how many weeks you have until you need to submit your completed dissertation, and draw a chart showing these weeks.
Block out the weeks when you know you will be unable to work, and mark in other main commitments you have that will take time during this period.
It is one of the key tools you have, to ensure that your project keeps going in the right direction.
Every task you undertake should begin with you checking your research problem and asking “will this help me address this problem? You should be willing to revise your research problem as you find out more about your topic.
You could try outlining your project under the following headings (Booth, Williams, & Colomb, 2003. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.): You may find that some of these headings are difficult to fill in right at the start of your project.
However, you can use the gaps to help identify where you need to begin work.