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The research proposal is the most important part of your PhD application. We do not expect the proposal to be perfect at this stage, nor do we expect you to stick to it rigidly, as your ideas will almost certainly change once you start to study. However, we do expect it to show convincing evidence of your ability to plan and organise independent research. Please read and follow the guidelines carefully.
Your proposal should be 2,000-3,000 words long, plus bibliography, using the following sections:
The above draws on the advice issued by the Political and International Studies department at Warwick University.