A guide for MPhil and PhD students
To many students, it may be the ﬁrst time that they write a research proposal. This booklet serves as a reference guide to highlight the process in preparing a research proposal and basic elements that should be included. Students should bear in mind that this booklet is in no way an exhaustive list of topics that need to be considered in preparing a thesis proposal. Different disciplines may have different expectations and requirements on the substance, format and length of a proposal. In this regard, students are strongly advised to consult their supervisor(s) and the department beforehand.
Preparation for a Thesis Proposal
Basic Elements of a Thesis Proposal
Presentation and Language
All MPhil and PhD students in HKU are required to have their candidature conﬁrmed by the end of the probationary period. By the end of the probationary period, every student is required to submit a thesis proposal for consideration by the Departmental Research
Postgraduate Committee (DRPC) and the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC).
The thesis proposal is one of the most important documents that the University will consider in determining whether the candidature of a student should be conﬁrmed or be terminated. It is also important to students as a plan for how the research should be implemented and to set a time schedule so that the thesis could be completed within the speciﬁed time frame.
Study period period period
Citations: (i) Sentences * Where there is more than one author, the citation should read (Smith & Jones, 1994), or (Smith et al., 1994), in the case of multiple authors.