Research proposal for Doctoral Program «Political Science»

Applications to the Structural Doctoral Program must include a research proposal in order to be considered. The research proposal is used to evaluate how the suggested research topic fits the overall standard of the school and how advanced the candidate is in dealing with research related issues. The proposal should outline the research topic. The format should be approximately 5-10 pages (font size 12, line spacing 1.5). The proposal should typically include the following elements:


  • A clear and concise description of your research project.

Research question

  • A definition of the problem or gap in the existing research field that your research project seeks to answer.


  • A brief explanation of how and what you propose to study,
  • why the research is of value, and
  • how you propose to proceed.

Literature review

  • Key articles and theories on which your proposed research will be based on.

Research method

  • Your choice of methodology, including methods of data collection and analysis, with milestones indicating when the key activities will be accomplished.


  • A literature reference list.