MRes Creative Industries
Help and advice
What to include in your portfolio
A research proposal should be included as part of your online application. Your research proposal must include:
Suggested project title
Titles are an important way of encapsulating the scope of a research project. They should convey as much information as possible in as few words as possible.
The research aims are the specific accomplishments the researcher hopes to achieve by conducting the study (usually expressed in one or two sentences).
Briefly discuss the body of academic literature that is relevant to the research, making reference to your underpinning research question.
Anticipated research methods
Please supply brief details of your intended research design, methods and whether you anticipate you will be creating an artefact (a practical submission, such as a portfolio, photography, or model) as part of your research.
What we're looking for
Research questions employing the most basic ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ approach could frame any problem or challenge and lend itself to three thematic chapters:
- What is the problem?
- Why does it happen?
- How should it be addressed?
Alternatively, if your focus is to assess how well a strategy or tactic is seen to be working, the following research questions may be appropriate:
- What is the strategy?
- What are its strengths and weaknesses?
- How can it be improved?
Alternatively, if expressed as objectives, these could be adapted to the following: To examine the nature and key features of X.
- To assess its causes
- To establish how it can be addressed more effectively
If reframed as objectives they might alternatively appear as follows:
- To examine the main components of X
- To assess its strengths and weaknesses
- To establish how it can be delivered more effectively