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Applying for a Research Programme


We welcome applications from students who wish to complete their research degree with us. If you would like to be considered for a research degree, please ensure that the specialist area you wish to study is available at the University of Northampton. You can check our most up-to-date list on: www.northampton.ac.uk/research/experts-directory


If we cover your area of interest and you would like to apply, you will need to complete a postgraduate research application form and send this to us along with the following documents:


• a research proposal (see details opposite)


• copies of all your academic qualifications. If you have not yet completed these, you will need to state this on your application form and send us your results once you have them


• proof of English Language competence. For our postgraduate courses we require applicants to have at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you have studied in English or in an English- speaking country, you will need to provide evidence of this


• a personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the research you have chosen and what you plan to do with your qualification


• two academic references/ letters of recommendation from your academic tutors explaining your academic potential.


How to prepare a research proposal


This is one of the most crucial parts of the research degree application process, so great care should be taken to fulfil all requirements. We would expect your proposal to be around 1,000 – 1,500 words and it should include:


Overview


The proposal should give a brief abstract of the study area, identifying the subject area in which it is to be located. It should provide an indication of the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates it will address.


Planning


You must show you are aware of the research timescale and have plans created for this work, proving that the thesis is manageable in the time you have allocated.


Relevant literature


You must show that your thesis will be original and demonstrate that your chosen area of study has not been studied previously. You should provide references to key articles and texts, highlighting their relevance to your research area.


Methodology


You will need to show an awareness of the methodological tools available and identify which will be suitable for your research.


For further information, including the postgraduate research application form and a detailed guide on writing a research proposal, please visit: www.northampton.ac.uk/research


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