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Research Proposal - Aims and Objectives

Aims are broad statements of desired outcomes or the general intentions of the research, which 'paint the picture' of your research proposal – they:

  • emphasize what is to be accomplished, not how it is to be accomplished
  • address the long-term project outcomes, i.e. they should reflect the aspirations and expectations of the research topic

Objectives are the steps you are going to take to answer your research questions or a specific list of tasks needed to accomplish the goals of the project - they:

  • emphasize how aims are to be accomplished
  • must be highly focused and feasible
  • address the more immediate project outcomes
  • make accurate use of concepts and be sensible and precisely described
  • are usually numbered so that each objective reads as an 'individual' statement to convey your intention


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