Free Training on How to Write a PhD Research Proposal

Free Online course
How to Write a PhD Research Proposal

Successful PhD research requires preparation, planning, critical thinking, and dedication. On this course, you will explore the key elements in a research proposal and solve common planning and writing challenges.

You will learn how to structure, define, and present your research idea in writing. You will develop your own research objectives and sub-questions and outline the context of the study. You will also learn how to manage a project. This course focuses on health sciences, but the content of the PhD proposal and the planning process of a research study is relevant to other disciplines.

What topics will you cover?
  • Defining the research idea and writing a research statement with objectives and sub-questions
  • Identifying and writing a literature summary and review
  • Empirical, conceptual, or theoretical foundations of a research study
  • Research ethics, fraud, and plagiarism in research
  • Research design and methodological approaches
  • Data collection strategies, sampling, instruments, and biases
  • Fieldwork and contingency planning
  • How to organize your PhD project
What will you achieve?
  • Develop your research statement with objectives and sub-questions
  • Discuss sample data collection strategies and analysis of the empirical material that you will collect
  • Assess ways to ensure that the proposed PhD-study will follow conventions that help ensure reliability, validity, and ethical conduct
  • Evaluate and use what you have learned by submitting and receiving feedback on your proposal draft each week
  • Evaluate and reflect on your work with help from your peers, course educators, and mentors
  • Collaborate with your peers and find ways to solve possible challenges during your PhD studies.
  • Explain how you will organize and structure your PhD
  • Identify previous relevant research to discover gaps and why your research matters 
Who is the course for?
The course will give future PhD students insight into developing a PhD proposal and improving their skills in research proposal writing and junior researchers working on harnessing their small research grant application skills.

Who will you learn with?
Anne Moen: Professor, lead educator in "How to write your PhD proposal". I have experience from seminars in scientific writing for development of project proposals for PhD projects and other small projects.
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