Visit appropriate websites to find out about existing research taking place in the department and how your project can complement this.
This section should discuss the texts which you believe are most important to the project, demonstrate your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address.
Please bear in mind that Ph D programmes in the UK are designed to be completed in three years (full time) or six years (part time).
Think very carefully about the scope of your research and be prepared to explain how you will complete it within this timeframe.
This section is intended to ‘sign-post’ and contextualize your research questions, not to provide a detailed analysis of existing debates.
This section should lay out, in clear terms, the way in which you will structure your research and the specific methods you will use.
Rather, the point is to sketch out the into which your work will fit.
You should also use this section to make links between your research and the existing strengths of the department to which you are applying.
Be sure to reference texts and resources that you think will play a large role in your analysis.
Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.