There are two stages to the application:
1. Preparation of the Research Proposal
Your proposal should be 3 typed A4 pages in Times New Roman font size 12. It must address each of the following headings.
1. Give an introductory statement explaining what your proposed research topic is and why it is important.
2. Outline the key theory and research on the topic and how your proposed research relates to it.
3. Discuss what themes, issues and questions the proposed research will explore.
4. Comment on the specific method, or methods, you will use. If your research is on a theoretical topic, discuss what documentary methods you will use to review and analyse the sources with which you will be working.
5. Note any ethical issues that arise from your research (ethics can be interpreted in a broad sense as well as, for example, issues concerning matters of consent and confidentiality). See http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/research/ethics for advice.
6. Provide a timetable for your research, including research training and the period of writing up your thesis. If you intend to do fieldwork, say what this will entail and how it fits into the timetable.
7. Indicate how you expect your research to be useful, and to whom.
Please do not worry if your draft proposal is not perfect. This is just a starting point so that we can see what research interests and methodological ideas you have. Dr Timpson is very happy to look at your draft proposal and help you develop your ideas before you apply. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. On-line application through EUCLID
Full details about how to submit your on-line application can be found on the Graduate School of Social and Political Science Web Site:
If you have any problems with accessing the EUCLID system to submit your application please contact the Graduate School:
You can also contact Liz Reilly in the Centre Office who will be glad to help you.
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