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How to Write a Research Proposal


Admission requirements

Bachelor. Admission to the Master BW


Period: 7 September 2021 - 17 September 2021 and 4 April 2022 - 15 April 2022

To write a research proposal the student must be able to formulate the hypothesis and research questions, which are central to the proposal. Furthermore, the student must be able to write a research design.

To start the student will read the course documents and will try to formulate a research question and a hypothesis. The groups will then focus on writing the introduction of the proposal.

Next the groups will write the scientific background of their proposal, and a research design. The experiments, the data analysis, and the writing of the papers will be planned. Expected outcomes and significance of the results should be indicated. A list of evaluation criteria is delivered separately on Brightspace, to guide the process of writing. This list is also of importance in evaluating the proposals of the other groups on the last day of the course. The groups will also prepare the presentation of the proposal during the final joint meeting. Every student must participate in the presentation of the proposal.

Course objectives

  • The student can formulate an introduction and a hypothesis of a research proposal

  • The student can write a research design

  • The student can present a research proposal

  • The student is able to evaluate other research proposals


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

The course lasts 2 weeks and is full time.
The course will start with an introductory lecture organized by the tutor(s).
The students will work in groups of 2-3 students and those groups will be tutored separately in the course of the 2 weeks.
At the end of the course students will present their proposal in a final joint meeting.
1-3 Guest lectures will be provided in the course of the two weeks.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials

Assessment method

The presentations of the research proposals and the process of judging the research proposals are assessed by the tutor.
Students will receive a grade between 1-10.

Proposal 70%
Participation 20%
Final presentation 10%

No grade without participation and presentation.

Reading list

Website for background information: The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course


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