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Writing a research proposal

The research proposal is an integral part of your application, as it informs us of your research plans and enables us to identify suitable supervisors who share your interests.

Support writing your proposal

We have developed a suite of tools to help you to write your research proposal.

  • Our online template gives you a framework for your proposal. Simply download the form, fill it out and upload it in the online application form.
    Download the research proposal template (Word)
  • Meet someone from the faculty at an introductory workshop in Durham or at a global workshop
    Calendar of events
  • Speak to someone about your proposal
    Email us

Once complete, please submit your proposal within the section of the online application entitled 'Research Proposal'. However, if your research proposal contains tables or graphics, please upload your document via the section 'Supporting Documents' under 'Scholarships/Other'.

The research proposal will be evaluated in terms of whether you have the key skills to carry out the work, the academic reasons why you have chosen Durham University Business School, the clarity of your research questions, and the importance of the topic.