Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety

An initial title
It’s a good idea to provide a proposed title for your research project, as this provides a very short summation of your intended research. This first title is not
set in stone; the focus of your project may shift as your research progresses and it may be necessary to amend your title accordingly.

Your intended research methods
You should outline the methodology you intend to use. For example, are you going to consult a particular collection in the archives, or will you be conducting
group interviews? If you plan to collect data, what method will you use to obtain it?
In this section, it may be useful for the:
Briefly highlight existing facilities available to you at the University and how you intend to use them
Outline potential problems and how you might overcome them
A prediction of the expected outcomes of your research
You should conclude your proposal by addressing your predicted outcomes. What are you hoping to prove/disprove? Indicate how you envisage your
research will contribute to debates and discussions in your particular subject area:
How will your research make an original contribution to knowledge?
How might it fill gaps in existing work?
How might it extend understanding of particular topics?
It’s important to remember that your MS. proposal is not the finished article and you are not bound to your initial research idea. As your MS progresses, you
may find that the focus of your research shifts, in part or entirely.
Bibliography
We’d recommend including a bibliography listing the books, articles, and web pages you consulted to write your proposal. Make sure this is presented in a
standard and consistent format, such as Harvard.
How long should my research proposal be?
For your formal application to the University, your research proposal should be 1-2 pages long. Proposals for funding applications will probably have strict
word counts, so make sure you stick to these!
How should I present my research proposal?
It is important to remember that the research proposal is judged not only on content, but also on form. It must:
Look professional
Be typed
Express your ideas in good, accurate English
Be succinct and well-structured, using suitable section headings if appropriate
Be clear and legible, not a poor-quality photocopy

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