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https://www.birmingham.ac.uk defines a research proposal as a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic.

https://www.unh.edu stated that, The research proposal is your chance to explain the significance of your project to organizations who might wish to fund or otherwise support it. Ideally, it will demonstrate the quality and importance of your project as well as your ability to conduct the proposed research.

https://www.restore.ac.uk states that The Executive Summary of a proposal is the most important section. It should provide the reader with an overview of the information which follows.

Below is the format of University of Ghana Research Proposal.

Table of Contents



College/School Format Requirements.

Notwithstanding the above, School/departmental formats shall apply to:

  • Chapter Structure Design.
  • Chapter Headings.
  • Reference Style.
  • Figures and Tables.
  • Chapter Content Design.
  • List of Abbreviations.

University format Requirement shall consist of the following sections:

  • Preliminary Information.
  • Substantive Section.
  • Bibliography and Appendices.
  • Preliminary Information.
  • Title Page.

The title page shall consist of the following which should be centered following the sample and wording in the (Graduate School Manual)

  1. Title of the Thesis.
  1. Statement of Submission.
  1. Name of Candidate (No Titles)
  1. Student Number (In brackets below the name.)
  1. In partial fulfillment (partly taught courses, e.g. MA MPhil) of the Requirement for the Award of (Relevant Degree, e.g. Master of Philosophy – written out fully).
  1. The date of submission (Month and Year).
  • Declaration/Signature Page.
  1. A candidate submitting a dissertation or thesis for a Masters degree shall make a declaration to the effect that the thesis/ dissertation is his/her own work poroduced from research under supervision.
  1. Signatures: The declaration page shall be signed by the following:

The Candidate.


  • Abstract.

Every candidate shall present a short abstract of his/her dissertation or thesis of a maximum of 2 pages (double spaced).

  • Dedication (Optional).
  • Acknowledgment. (1 page maximum).
  1. The candidate may briefly acknowledge those who made important contributions to the success of his/her research and presentation of thesis.
  1. Where the thesis has benefited from a collaborative project done in conjunction with the candidate’s Supervisor(S), this should be dully acknowledged.
  • Table of Contents.
  1. A well aligned presentation of preliminary information. chapters with subsections, bibliography and appendices of the thesis with relevant page numbers indicated.
  • List of Figures/Maps.

A list of figures and maps with their relevant designated numberings and relevant pages at which they are located.

  • List of Tables.

A list of tables with their relevant designated numbering and relevant pages at which they are located.

  • List of Abbreviations.

A list of relevant abbreviations and their lull rendering occurring in the thesis.

Substantive Section.

  • Chapter Structure

A thesis must consist of substantive Chapters including an introduction, intervening chapters and a concluding chapter as determined by the School/departmental format.

  • Reference Style 
  • The reference style shall follow the School/departmental format. 
  • Thesis Size.

A thesis/dissertation shall normallv not exceed the following pages excluding bibliography, figures, tables, photographs and appendices.

MBA/MPALong Essay60

Bibliography and Appendices.

  • The bibliography should be placed at the end of the thesis and not after each chapter with the exception of cases where the Departmental format filed with the school of Graduate Studtes requires this.
  • The order of arrangement of the bibliography and appendices should follow the format of the Graduate School Manual. Unless, the Departmental format requires an alternative order.
  • The candidate may submit, as subsidiary matter in support of his or her candidature, any printed contributions to the advancement of his/her subject, which he or she may have published independently or jointly, or any other supporting material. In the event of a candidate presenting material from a joint work, he or she shall be required to state fully his or her own contribution.

Presentation Format.

  • Two (2) typed or printed copies of the dissertation or thesis, using standard A4 paper, shall be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the Head of Department for examination.
  • Typed thesis should be on only one side of the paper.
  • Margins: When bound, all margins of the thesis should be 2.54cm(1 inche).
  • Font Type & Size: These should be typed in New Times Roman, Font Size 12.
  • Chapter headings should be in New Times Roman, Font Size 14 Bold.
  • Font sizes for indented citations, graphs, figures and tables should not be lower than New Times Roman, font size 10.
  • Page Numbers: Page numbers should be centred at the bottom of page throughout the thesis.
  • The preliminary pages should be numbered with Roman numerals.
  • Page numbering in Arabic numerals should run through the entire thesis.
  • Footnote numbering should run through a thesis.
  • Footnotes NOT Endnotes should he used in all these.


Examination Copy.

  • A thesis submitted for examination should be bound in soft manila card cover (green or light blue). The cover should bear the details of the Title Page of the thesis.
  • For the purpose of examination, a candidate shall be required to submit two (2) copies of his/her Masters degree thesis or dissertation and a soft version in PDF.

Final Copy.

After the dessertation or thesis has been approved, it must be bound in standard form Art vellum or cloth; overcast; edges uncut. Three(3) final hard copies and the PDF soft version of the thesis/dissertation that have been accepted for the award of a Master’s or a Doctoral degree shall be distributed as follows;

One hard copy and the PDF version shall be sent to the School of Graduate Studies to be kept by the School.

The remaining two(2) copies shall be retained by the candidate’s Head of Department, one of which shall be kept in the Departmental Library and the other given to the candidate.

Labelling of Final Copy.

  • Front Cover

The front cover of the final copy should be lettered boldly in gold (0.5.-1.25cm) with the details of the

Title Page of the Thesis.

  • Spine

The spine of the thesis should be lettered boldly up back in gold (0.5 to 1.25cm) with the degree, date, name, before the award of the Degree is published by the Registrar.

  • Binding Colour Scheme.

The following colour scheme should be used in binding the dissertations/theses:

MA/MScDissertation/ Long Essay/ProjectsWine
PhD/MD/DPhilThesis/ Set of PublicationsDark Blue

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