Did someone call the doctor? session 5

Writing a PhD research proposal: A 6‐step general guide for prospective PhD researchers – Exeter University (a_guide_to_writing_your_phd_proposal)

…a good research proposal you will need to demonstrate two main things:

  1. that you are capable of independent critical thinking and analysis
  2. that you are capable of communicating your ideas clearly

6 steps to a successful research proposal:

1) a clear working title for your research project

2) a clear statement about what you want to work on and why it is important, interesting, relevant and realistic

3) some background knowledge and context of the area in which you wish to work, including key literature, key people, key research findings

4) some consideration of the methods/approach you might use

5) some indication of the strategy and timetable for your research project and any research challenges you may face

6) a list of the key references which support your research proposal

A research proposal is usually between 1,000 and 2,000 words, in order to give an accurate overview of you idea. It should be concise but lear, you shouldn’t have to read it twice to understand it. You should make a positive first impression, show leadership and confidence in your idea.

3 C’s – clear, concise, coherent

Professor Steve Gill: PhD BA (hons) FHEA Cardiff Met – Staff

  • Your supervisor is there to get you through your PhD, but you will end up know ing more than your supervisor. You will have a very in-depth understanding of your (very narrow) subject matter.
  • It is important to get along with your supervisor. You are one unit. If you fail you supervisor fails too.
  • In doing a PhD you are learning how to research.
  • You must be methodical & self managing.


Professor Cathy Treadaway: Ph.D. – M.A. (Ceramics) – B.A. Hons. (Textiles and Fashion) – P.G.C.E. – F.H.E.A. Cardiff Met – Staff

Dr Jac Fennell: P.h.D – Mphil – MA Interaction Design -BA Design Futures Cardiff Met – Staff

  • The thesis is not the PhD, the experience and the research forms your project. Bringing new knowledge into the world.
  • learning to use your own skills an learning from others, in order to build your knowledge for your project.
  • management of time is important
  • you should love your reassert- it should be an intricate part of your life
  • A PhD is not about making art, its training for research



Author: Crisiant Williams

I am a Fine Art student, studying at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

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