Postgraduate courses

Guidelines for PhD Proposals 

PhD proposals should include the following information:

Literary Studies (c. 3,000 words) 

  • Synopsis of project (your project’s primary research ideas/aims, key texts, and theoretical perspectives) (250 words)  
  • Contribution to knowledge (what your work will contribute to the relevant field of study) (250 words) 
  • Research questions (outline the two primary research questions that will drive your project, and briefly explain how your research will address them) (250 words) 
  • Full research proposal (detailed description of your planned research, including an outline plan of the proposed sections of the thesis) (2,000 words)  
  • Your work to date in this or related areas (250 words)

You should also submit a sample of your critical work of c. 5000 words 

 

Creative Writing (c.3,000 words)   

  • Synopsis of project (an outline of your project’s central creative ideas, proposed stylistic engagements, key critical engagements, and theoretical perspectives) (250 words) 
  • Contribution to creative and critical practice (what your work will contribute to the relevant creative and critical fields) (250 words) 
  • Creative Aims (outline the two primary creative aims that will drive your project and explain how your work will address them) (250 words) 
  • Full proposal (detailed description of your planned work, including outline plans of both the creative and critical components) (2,000 words)
  • Your work to date in this or related areas (250 words)

You should also submit a sample of your creative work of c. 5000 words of prose or 100 lines of poetry