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Graeme Dobson

Within the UK, the PhD proposal is a key part of the application process to a university. If a student wishes to conduct doctoral research, this usually involves starting with constructing a well-written and clearly articulated research proposal. A good proposal will critically evaluate key research in the area of study, identify what existing work has not been considered, outline proposed questions and suggest a methodology that may be best used to investigate these. The chapter outlines the author’s own experiences of coming up with a PhD topic, discussing the topic with a few professional colleagues, drafting proposals, convening a meeting with two academics and finally submitting his work. It concludes with a number of useful lessons for potential PhD applicants.