You should state your research topic as accurately as possible. Your research proposal should address the following questions:
1. What is your general topic?
2. What questions do you want to answer?
3. What is the key literature and its limitations?
4. What are the main hypotheses of the work?
5. What methodology do you intend to use?
6. What are your case studies, if any, and what are your case selection criteria?
MPhil/PhD applications that are received without a research proposal that addresses these questions will not be considered. Your proposal should be approximately 1,500 words in length. You should ensure before applying that your area of research can be supervised in your chosen department. The research interests of staff members can be found at http://www.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/Experts/Home.aspx
You should also indicate if you have discussed your proposed research with any member of the LSE academic staff and the name of that person. Please make sure that each page of your research proposal bears your name in a header or footer.
Your research proposal must be your own work
Make sure that each page has your name in the header or footer
Make sure that you proof read your proposal before you upload it, and make sure that you upload the final corrected version
Stick to our recommended word limit - the selectors don't have time to read huge documents running to many pages.