University of Edinburgh Research

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University of Edinburgh Research

University of Edinburgh Research

A research proposal helps us assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer supervision.

It can also be used to apply to external bodies for funding.

For most of our research degrees and professional doctorates you will be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application, unless you have been advised otherwise.

How to write your research proposal

Whether you are limited to one page (as part of a University application or enquiry form) or are required to produce something more substantial for an external funder, the rules about writing a good research proposal are the same: you want to stand out from the crowd and have the best chance of being selected.

Our guide highlights the “golden rules” and provides tips on how to write a good research application.

Discover our wide range of research activities.

Arts, Humanities and Social Science

One of the UK’s largest and most comprehensive communities of arts, humanities and social science scholars.

Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Our world renowned medical research benefits from unique links with major hospitals, research institutes and charitable bodies.

Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Science and Engineering

We are a key player in European research collaborations, engaging in specialised and interdisciplinary research in pure and applied science and engineering.

Science and Engineering

Research in a nutshell videos

Watch our academic staff introduce their research activities in these one-minute movies.

Research in a nutshell videos

Animal research

Learn more about our animal research, including the reasons why we use animals in research, alternatives to using animals and how many animals are used.

Animal research