Dr. Drissia CHOUIT

Moulay Ismail University


Study Skills and Research Methods




The Research proposal should not be more than two pages long. It should explain succinctly –in a brief, precise, and clear way- your goal as a researcher, the questions that drive your research, and the scope and nature of your research.  Research proposals should include the following elements: 

  • Title: It should be clear and concise.
  • Research Question: This shows your goals as a researcher and the aims and objectives of your research.
  • Rationale: This should provide a clear, brief, and convincing explanation about the motivations behind selecting such topic, explaining why you think your topic is interesting.
  • Scope and Nature of Research: The nature and scope of your research are very important in the sense that they determine (1) how you will undertake your study, (2) the kinds of sources you will need, and (3) the time that should be allotted to the research process. A research paper which includes field work will, for instance, necessitate more time and diversification of resources and approaches[1].
    • Approach (How you plan to proceed with the analysis):
      • Methodology:
      • Data:
        • For Research Papers in Literature:
          • If you are taking a particular text as your subject of study, you should be specific: you should mention what text it is, its genre, and how you intend to approach the analysis. If you rely on particular secondary sources about these texts such as explanations by specialists in the field or previous research by Master or Ph.D. students, you should mention them.
          • If you depend on a particular theory to analyze your text(s), you should mention it. You should also justify the relevance and pertinence of the theory in question. 
        • For Research Papers in Linguistics, Media and Communication:
          • Data Collection (specifying which type of data you will use: case studies, questionnaires, interviews, etc. )
          • Data Analysis: Specify the methods you will use in your analysis (quantitative method, qualitative method, or both? Discourse Analysis? Content Analysis?)
          • Statistical Representation of Data (quantitative method, qualitative method, or both?)
          • If you need a theory to analyze the data, you should specify the theoretical framework you have adopted to undertake your study. You should justify the validity and pertinence of the theory in question.   

You should remember that the research proposal should show that you know WHAT you are going to study and HOW you are going to do it. You should raise the main questions driving your research, but you should not give answers at this stage. The research proposal will help you stay focused when you consult sources and collect data. You should also know that you can revise your research proposal and amend it if you find out or come across new interesting ideas/ information relevant to your topic. 

I hope you will enjoy your research and wish you the best of luck.

[1] Students under my supervision should know that FIELD WORK IS COMPULSORY. The   research papers are in general divided into two main parts. Part One, theoretical part, deals with literature review or presentation of the theoretical framework adopted for the analysis, and  Part Two, practical part, deals with field work –questionnaires, interviews or both- and data analysis. This gives students the opportunity to have a personal contribution and to enjoy research.     



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Mustapha hasnaoui | Réponse 02.11.2017 16:51

It's very helpfull. Madam
It would be more helpfull and usefull if you put some thing about information literacy.

Dr. CHOUIT 09.11.2017 07:43

Click on the link 'Understanding Media and Information Literacy' in the Front Page to know more about IL.

Mustapha hasnaoui | Réponse 02.11.2017 16:44

Thanks madam

Elaaz Mustapha | Réponse 19.10.2017 03:46

Very Helpful .

Rajae | Réponse 16.12.2016 22:10

Thank u so much Madam

LAMDAHHI MOHAMED | Réponse 22.11.2016 22:03

Hey doc, I wish if you can be my supervisor of my research which will be in the field of Media, is it possible ?

Dr. CHOUIT 05.12.2016 16:46

You have to check with the Head of Department.

SOUMIA | Réponse 06.11.2016 00:58


soukayna el azzouzi | Réponse 19.03.2016 12:55

thanks a lot doc

OUKDA MIMOUN | Réponse 22.01.2016 22:39

it's really a useful ideas about RESEARCH PROPOSAL.. thanks a lot my teacher

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02.06 | 08:01

thank you so much professor for these important points.

25.05 | 04:35

Copy this link, paste it in your browser, then click on it

25.05 | 04:23

Already done!

25.05 | 04:22

No. This website provides some units of the course + complementary information and resources. You have to combine both e-learning platform and this website.

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