Research Proposal Format – TUM Asia (Technical University of Munich Asia)

TUM Asia - Technical University of Munich Asia

Structure of a Research Proposal

The following list offers you an idea of how a research proposal could be structured. 

Working Title

The title should make very clear what the research is about.

Context of the Research Project

  • What is the state-of-the-art in the field?
  • Why is your project relevant?
  • How does your project relate to the work of other scientists in the field?
  • What is the research question that you would like to answer?

Research Question (in detail) and Working Hypotheses

  • What do you want to find out?
  • What could the results of your research look like?

Research Approach and Methods

  • How do you intend to answer your research question?
  • Which theoretical framework are you going to apply?
  • How do you want to gather data (experiments, randomized controlled trials, surveys, etc.)?
  • How do you want to analyse the data?

Potential Technical, Financial or Ethical Problems with Your Research

Preliminary schedule

How much time will you need for the individual steps of the project?


  • Will the dissertation be paper-based or a monograph?
  • Will there be additional publications?


A list of the most important literature your research will be based on.


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