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Kickstart Your Research Proposal, Today

Get everything you need to craft a convincing proposal, the smart way.


Go from confused to confident.

Here’s what you’ll learn in just a few hours:

WHAT exactly a research proposal is and how this fits into the bigger picture of the research process.

WHAT you need to have in place before you start your proposal, so that you don’t waste time rewriting.

WHAT the reviewers are looking for in a proposal and what they focus on in each section.

HOW to write a high-quality research proposal that has the best chances of first-time approval.

HOW to develop a detailed project plan, timeline and budget for your research project.

HOW to optimise your approach so that you craft the strongest proposal in minimal time.

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What’s in the box?

Here’s an overview of what we cover in Research Proposal Bootcamp:

Course Content
SECTION 1: Introduction & Overview
  1. Welcome to the research proposal course
  2. How to get the most from this course
  3. Suggested learning paths
  4. Practical exercise

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 2: Research Proposal Basics
  1. What (exactly) is a research proposal?
  2. The key purpose of a research proposal
  3. How a research proposal is (typically) structured
  4. Let’s look at an actual research proposal
  5. What reviewers want in a research proposal
  6. Practical exercise
  7. Additional Resources

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 3: Pre-Proposal Preparation
  1. Institution-specific research requirements
  2. Proposal-specific research requirements
  3. Ethics-related requirements
  4. Let’s look at some proposal templates and briefs
  5. The research topic
  6. Practical exercise

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 4: The Introduction Section
  1. Sample research topic
  2. Research context or background
  3. Research problem or problem statement
  4. Research rationale
  5. Research aims, objectives and questions (golden thread)
  6. Other potential inclusions in the introduction
  7. What reviewers look for in this section
  8. Practical exercise
  9. Additional resources

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

Course Content
SECTION 5: The Literature Review Section
  1. Before you start the literature review
  2. The theoretical framework
  3. The empirical research
  4. The research gap
  5. Sources in your literature review
  6. Tips to optimise your approach
  7. What reviewers look for in the literature review of a research proposal
  8. Practical exercise
  9. Additional resources

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 6: The Methodology
  1. Methodology 101
  2. The key ingredients of the methodology section
  3. Data collection
  4. Sampling
  5. Data analysis
  6. Other potential inclusions
  7. Supporting and justifying your methodological choices
  8. What reviewers look for in the methodology section
  9. Practical exercise

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 7: The Practicalities
  1. Dissertation/thesis structure or outline
  2. Project plan
  3. Timelines
  4. Budgets
  5. Other potential inclusions
  6. Practical exercise
  7. Additional resources

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

SECTION 8: Final Considerations
  1. Tailoring the research proposal to your audience
  2. Misconceptions and mistakes to avoid
  3. How to use your research proposal after submission
  4. Conclusion

PS – You can watch a FREE sample lesson here 🙂

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Have a question?

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Is this course the right fit for me?

Research Proposal Bootcamp is well suited to:

  • New and first-time researchers completing a research proposal (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  • Researchers wanting to recap on the core principles and best practices in proposal writing
  • Students undertaking research within the sciences, especially the social sciences
  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the proposal development process

In a nutshell, if you’re working on a research proposal within the sciences, you’re certain to benefit from Research Proposal Bootcamp.

What exactly does it cover?

In a nutshell, we cover the research proposal development process from A to Z, from concept to final draft.

You can view the full curriculum here.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a verified certificate upon completion of the course.

You can view a sample certificate here.

How much time do I need to commit?

The core content within the course spans about 4 hours. There are also practical exercises (which are optional) and loads of additional resources (spanning dozens of hours) that you can engage with, should you wish. Ideally, you’ll want to commit a few days to get the full benefit from the course.

Are there any tests or exams?

There are no mandatory tests or exams within the course. However, there are optional quizzes peppered throughout the course. These allow you to test your understanding and maximise your learning.

How long will I have access to the course?

Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be able to access the course content indefinitely. There is no time limit in terms of content access.

Is there a schedule or fixed timeline?

The course is self-paced. In other words, you can work through the content and exercises (optional) at whatever pace suits you.

Can I ask questions within the course?

There is a Q&A section below each lesson where you can ask questions directly related to the lesson content. If you are looking for advice relating to your specific project, we suggest looking at our private coaching service instead.

How much does it cost?
Are there any additional costs or fees?

No, the pricing is all-inclusive and there are no additional fees within the course. 

Don’t take our word for it…

Over 5000 students have joined our courses. Here’s what some of them have to say:

The course is well-designed, with good pacing and relevant content. For the novice, writing a thesis can be an overwhelming undertaking. The instructors provide a solid foundation upon which to embark on this undertaking. This is a course that will benefit any student undertaking a research project.


The course was very insightful for me. As a beginner, I struggled to know what a literature review is and how to understand the flow and content of LR. this course has given me much clarity. Thank you!


Excellent course for doctoral students. it covers the literature review chapter via bitesize sections. Great advice and discussion. Plenty of good resources to go with this course. Knowledge and presentation skills of presenters – excellent. This course has really helped me…I just wished I’d watched it at the start of my doctorate!


Went through five fly-by-night ‘study support experts’, wasted money, and now finally found the perfect course to assist me in my masters!


This is a high-quality course with valuable content provided through the course videos, exercises, and additional resources. Well worth the time and cost.


This is a very important course to take for anyone just venturing into research and those writing literature review section of their dissertation. Thanks to the Grad Coach team.


So helpful. Thank you for breaking each component of each chapter and each chapter of the overall thesis structure down. Before watching this Bootcamp I was not aware of all the easy guides one can apply to navigate through in a more systematic manner. Now, after setting up I feel like I can start writing.


Wow…This is really good. I absolutely appreciate the small snippet format. This does not feel overwhelming and give excellent quick thoughts to think through prior to the next video. Wish I would have purchased this the moment I began my dissertation. This would have saved me a lot of time. Thank you, GRADCOACH!


It’s time to take action.

You can continue to fumble about, struggling and trying to figure things out on your own – or –

You can take action, join Research Proposal Bootcamp and start moving your project forward, right now.

See you inside 🙂

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HD Video Lessons

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