How to Write Research Proposal

Applicants for higher degree programmes by research are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research programme which they propose to carry out. The proposal should comprise the following elements:-

  • Field of Research
  • Topic of Research Proposal
  • Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
  • Objective of Study
  • Explain the objective(s) that influence the research
  • Methodology of study
  • Explain the methods used in study such as library research, lab work, field work, historical documentary, interview, survey, evaluation and analysis, etc.
  • Work schedule
  • Equipment required (where applicable)
  • Please give details on the estimated cost (where applicable)
  • Brief bibliography


The research proposal should contain between 1,500 - 2,000 words or about four (4) pages.

Last Update: August 11, 2015