Research Proposal & Title registration


A research proposal must be prepared in conjunction with the study leader/promoter in accordance with the requirements of the NWU.


Visit NWU Libraries for the following useful guides:

  • NWU Referencing Guide
  • Writing Assignments
  • Copyright & Plagiarism
  • Manual for M and PhD Studies
  • Postgraduate MS Word Template


When the study leader/promoter and student are satisfied with the research proposal, the study leader/promoter will submit the research proposal to the following committees for evaluation:





As soon as CAD approve the research proposal, the title will be registered and the student may continue with his/her research.  The research proposal forms Chapter ONE of the dissertation/thesis.


Title registration must ideally be completed in the first year of registration.



Important documents:

Documents to be submitted with the Research Proposal: