Postgraduate Concept Paper Template

Postgraduate Research Concept Paper Template; A concept paper is meant to give your Department an idea of your area of research interest in order to avail the necessary assistance for you to develop a research proposal.


Be as specific as possible in providing information.

The Structure of a Concept Note;

1. Title of Proposed Study:
2. Area of Study:
3. Background to the Study: (What have you read that has had an impact on your thinking about the topic?)
4. Statement of the Problem (What is the gap in Knowledge? Why does this research need to be conducted?)
5. Objectives of the Study (What does the study hope to achieve?)
6. Questions and/or Hypotheses (State the unknown in terms of questions or in terms of solutions).
7. Literature Review: What literature do you intend to review and why?
8. Theoretical Framework (What theory(s) will you use in analyzing your material? Why those/that theory?
9. Proposed Research Design, Methods/Procedures (This answer the question, “How will you conduct the study?”)
10. Bibliography

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