General documents required for all applications
Additional documents for foundation and undergraduate applicants
Additional documents required for applicants applying for credit transfer (Recognition of Other Learning – ROL)
Additional documents for compliance to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Standards or Programme Standards
Additional documents for postgraduate taught and research
Additional documents required for postgraduate research applicant
Cover the essentials
We don't expect you to have all the answers, but a successful proposal should:
- clearly define your intended topic
- demonstrate that you understand your research area
- indicate that you have started to develop an original and interesting research question
- show that you understand how to conduct research
- look professional – ensure your proposal is well-structured, clear and legible, and free of any spelling or grammatical errors
- focus on quality rather than quantity
Structure your proposal
This should be clear, concise and describe the theme of your proposal.
Include a short summary of your proposal, stating the problem or question you plan to address.
Identify the study area your proposed thesis falls into, explaining its significance, likely impact and how it will contribute to the field.
Explain the key aims of your research and the questions you will address in order to achieve them.
Methods and timescale
Detail how you intend to carry out your research. Will you collect data using libraries, archives, field studies or interviews for example? How you will analyse the data you collect. A schedule of key activities can help demonstrate that your research is achievable within the timeframe of your PhD.
List the publications and sources you have cited in your proposal. You can also include sources you have read in preparation.