Next, you need to identify and craft carefully defined research hypotheses and or research questions. Research hypotheses identify what you are actually going to investigate and what you expect to find from your research study. Research hypotheses are normally found in quantitative research proposals which compare differences and/or relationships between independent variables (or causes of phenomena) and dependent variables (or the effects that result from causes). Research questions are normally found in qualitative research studies. Most importantly, in good academic writing, research hypotheses and questions must be informed or flow from the literature review.
The process for recruiting students varies within the faculties, however all online applications are initially logged with the Faculty Office, so if you have a query please contact them in the first instance. The Faculty/Department will contact you directly to arrange an interview if they wish to take your application further. You will be notified if your application is unsuccessful. If you are successful you will receive an offer from the Postgraduate Research Office, subject to clearing UKVI checks, where applicable, and the provision of evidence that you meet the entry requirements for the programme. Please note that the recruitment process can take up to six to eight weeks. If you need a decision sooner due to a funding deadline, please inform the Faculty and make this clear in the personal statement section of your application form.