Therefore, I looked at the different sectors of Chemistry I could work in, that would link to pharmaceutical research.I contacted a number of supervisors whose work I was interested in at universities across the country.Now that I had a good sense of the current work being done in my area of interest, it was time to put together a proposal for a Ph D topic that could contribute to that research. You are making new findings or developing new techniques to aid in the future of the field.
It just needs to be something worth solving – and something you are interested in.
The next part is the harder part, coming up with a method to tackle this problem.
I wanted to make my proposal stand out; I knew collaborations in a Ph D were very popular, and in my field definitely essential.
I identified another member of staff who had done some work with that supervisor and learned that there were techniques in that group my research could utilise.
I think looking at other research links also helped me to understand the work I was trying to propose.
It helped to develop my ideas and I would recommend trying this technique when writing your own proposal.Instead, the challenge is to show you can adopt the thought processes necessary to identify a problem and come up with a solution. I needed to know more about the current opportunities in my subject area.In this post I’m going to explain how I managed to do that. Before writing my proposal, I looked at what field I wanted to research.From this I picked a couple of key ideas that I would take forward when writing my proposal.As I had built up a communication with the supervisor (very good idea! I didn’t want to propose something that wouldn’t lead anywhere.The requirements for writing a dissertation proposal vary from one Ph D or doctoral program to another, so you will need to start by checking with your department to find out about their specific rules.Work with your advisor to pick a suitable topic, and then write a well-organized proposal based on your preliminary research.I wanted to work within Inorganic Pharmaceuticals specifically related to cancer.There are a few researchers in the country that do this kind of work.I was also very worried the ideas I proposed would be ‘wrong’.However, a research proposal isn’t really about being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.