Theoretical research typically involves an analysis of a chosen research issue/question which engages critically with appropriate theorists or theoretical traditions.
You should explain what these traditions or theorists are and why they have been selected to address your research question.
You may want to use a title and a subtitle separated by a colon.
(Suggested Word Count: 15) Explain the academic context from which your research emerges.
You’ve worked hard to get where you are in your academic pursuits.
The thing that stands between you and your ultimate career goals is that pesky dissertation, and the first step in completing it is the Ph D proposal.
Finally you may also indicate the status of the data you will gather – e.g., to what extent will these data capture or mirror the 'reality' of the phenomena under examination?
how objective can you as a researcher expect to be? You will certainly need to refer to the literature on research methods.
You may also want to refer to other exemplary empirical studies from which you have taken your inspiration.
You should identify the method or methods you propose to use, and justify these choices - i.e., explain why this method is being used in preference to others.