PhDs should normally be at least 50% written, ie 40,000 words.
In addition to your CV and the documents required for the faculty admissions procedure,
- Please provide a proposal of between 5 and 10 pages. Your proposal should demonstrate the three key features of your research:
- Originality: how does your project contribute to human knowledge? How does it provide new knowledge, new tools, or new ideas?
- Significance: what implications does your research for other researchers, professionals or the general public? Can the findings be used by others, and in what fields?
- Practicality: can your project be completed in three to four years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time)?
- The proposal should include the following sections:
- The research question you seek to answer
- Literature review, showing how your research fits into existing knowledge and how it adds to it
- Methodology: how do you plan to undertake your research? Examples might include archival, market or textual research; studio or experimental practice; interviews or ethnography. Which type of research you do, you should explain what methods you will use to analyse and interpret your findings.
- Resources: will you need access to specialist equipment or training, including training in other languages in other languages or in software? Do you need to travel to conduct your research, and if so how often or for how long? Do you plan to exhibit or publish elements of your research during your candidture?
- Timeline: Create a month-by-month plan of the research and writing-up.
Please send this document to Pgapply.FBL@soton.ac.uk along with a copy of your CV.