Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18765
Title: How to Write An Effective Research Proposal For Higher Degree Research in Higher Education: Lessons From Practice
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.5430/ijhe.v5n2p163
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18765
Abstract: Admission into a higher degree research program or confirmation of candidature into such a program of most universities often requires the applicant to submit a research proposal. This is a very important document which not only articulates the research topic and research question, but also explains the research design which outlines how the proposed research will be carried out. The significance of the research proposal is highlighted by the fact that failure to write a good research proposal may mean failure to be admitted into a higher degree research program, or failure to be confirmed as a continuing doctoral candidate. In spite of such significance, however, my experience when supervising many higher degree research students is that many of them struggle to write a good research proposal. One of the contributing factors to this is the apparent void that exists in research methods textbooks on exactly what a research proposal is and how it should be written. This paper aims to help fill that void by articulating a detailed structure of a research proposal that could be used as part of the application to gain admission into a higher degree research program of any good university or for confirmation of candidature in such a research study program. The paper draws on the expertise accumulated on this topic as a result of many decades of writing research proposals for higher degree research projects, conducting many higher degree research studies successfully in several universities in Australia and other countries, teaching research methods to higher degree research students and supervising many successful masters and doctoral theses. The paper concludes, that while there is no 'one-size-fits-all' research proposal, a careful design of a higher degree research proposal along the structure discussed in this paper should improve one's chances of success greatly.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Higher Education, 5(2), p. 163-172
Publisher: Sciedu Press
Place of Publication: Toronto, Canada
ISSN: 1927-6044
1927-6052
Field of Research (FOR): 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130103 Higher Education
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930103 Learner Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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