Key Information

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 2
Mode of Delivery: Remote
Maximum Course Capacity: 30


  • Thursday 14 December 2023
    10:00-12:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 07 February 2024
    14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024
    09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 06 March 2024
    14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams

In this blended course you will explore how to prepare an effective research proposal and you will start preparing a draft version of your own proposal in stages.

Course Information

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live session.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h) will prepare you for the live session: you must think about a project (context, motivation, methods, potential results, importance of the project, potential supervisor) you would like to develop during your doctorate. You will be provided with a template and with a video, which will provide you with information, advice and guidance to prepare an effective PhD proposal and fill the template. While watching the video, you are suggested to start completing the template with your proposal. Consider also asking your master coordinators for some example of PhD proposal on your subject, to use as examples.

The live session is a drop-in session to clarify doubts, ask questions about your own template-PhD proposal, discuss and share information and advice with other students.


  • Pre-course resources are a useful tool you can use anytime, when you will need to write your proposal
  • The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live session to allow the completion of pre-course activities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this blended course you will be better able to:

  • Identify the key contents required to write a research proposal
  • Recognise the importance of having a clear structure
  • Analyse a written PhD research proposal
  • Write a draft version of the research proposal

How to Book

Please select a date and book on via Inkpath using your Imperial Single-Sign-On.  Bookings will close two weeks before each live session.