Preparing a research proposal

In order to apply for entry to MPhil/PhD study you will need to submit a research proposal. This should provide details of the following:

  • your research question or issue;
  • the key literatures and concepts in which the question or issue is embedded;
  • the envisaged research methodology;
  • the likely impact of the research;
  • how the research fits in with the interests and expertise of potential supervisors in the School.

Acceptance of an application for the MPhil/PhD programme is contingent on the availability of appropriate supervision. You should contact one or more potential supervisors prior to applying, and develop preliminary ideas on a research topic with them. For further details of specific staff interests please see our staff profiles.

Read further advice for PhD applicants, which give tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.

You may also be interested in our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?', which provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at the University of Exeter.

Further information

You are very welcome to visit the department and talk to potential research supervisors and meet one of our current students. If you would like to do this please contact the Graduate Research Team with a selection of possible dates, your research interests, and any members of staff you would particularly like to meet.

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 723310