THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL TEMPLATE
This document has been set up to assist students in preparing the text for their research proposal.
It is NOT intended as a document to guide you through your research proposal development, but
to assist you in setting out the proposal, in terms of text layout, section headings and sub-sections.
The Research Proposal is a complete description of the intended research, developed under the
supervision of the assigned supervisor. Through the full proposal, the student needs to
demonstrate convincingly that the study will make a contribution to a public health issue or
problem. The full research proposal must be between 5 and 10 pages and should present the
Background and statement of the problem (this in the light of a thorough literature review)
Research question or hypothesis, aim and objectives
Study design (type of study)
Study population and sampling
Data collection methods and instrumen