Certificate of Achievement
has completed the following course:
Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal
This course provided the awareness, skills and tools to write a well thought-out and achievable research proposal, and gave a taste of the self-study required in postgraduate doctoral research. The course explored the main requirements of undertaking a PhD, and showed how to set a realistic research question. It covered planning and structuring a literature review, and compared different research design and methodologies.
5 weeks, 2 hours per week
Professor Neil Christie
Director of Postgraduate Research in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
University of Leicester
- Identify why you want to do a PhD and whether your expectations are realistic
- Explore the main requirements, structures and problems with aiming to undertake a PhD
- Demonstrate how to set a realistic, manageable and impactful research question
- Compare deductive and inductive research questions
- Describe and be able to implement the steps required to writing a literature review, including: doing a literature search, planning, organising and writing the literature review
- Discuss what kind of theoretical approach would be useful for your research proposal
- Compare the differences between ontology, epistemology, different research designs and methodology.
- Summarise what you have learned from this course into a first draft of a research proposal
- Introduction to doctoral research
- Funding your study
- Defining the problem and writing a research question
- Writing a literature review
- Research design and methodology
- How to construct your proposal
Issued on 14th December 2018
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