Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Well, we understand that writing an application for a PhD is quite a hard thing to do, and this course is there to help individuals who would like to apply for a PhD to write their proposal. It will give you an idea of who to approach as well, because what’s really important is to talk to academics in the relevant department, because so frequently we find students will submit proposal, have a rough idea, but not really talk it through. So in the five weeks of this course, you’ll run through all the components that you need to write a PhD proposal. So you’ll start off with establishing a research problem.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds We’ll talk about how to phrase a good research question that is realistic and doable. We’ll look at how to approach a literature review and where to find literature to undertake that. It’s about methodology. And often, a prospective PhD student will have an end result in terms of submitting a thesis, but this allows you to build up a series of different units, foundation blocks to undertake the PhD research. And in each of those five weeks, there will be little exercises to do so that by the end of the five weeks, you have a draft of a complete research proposal.
Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds So if you are interested in doing a PhD, then this course will help you prepare for that, both in practical terms– writing the proposal itself– and in developing your ideas for what the research will be about.