4 Presenting your research proposal

"A recent survey stated that the average person's greatest fear is having to give a speech in public.
Somehow this ranked even higher than death..."
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld


You will formally present your research at three milestone reviews to a review panel and audience from your research community. These are commonly completed in School-based or College-based conferences, or sometimes in a smaller forum.  

Confirmation of Candidature is the first milestone review. It allows you to present your prospective research project as a significant and original contribution to the field, with reference to relevant literature. The presentation is usually 20 minutes, followed by questions from the review panel (and the audience). The review panel provides feedback on your proposal, including advice and suggestions. 

The ability to communicate your research clearly and concisely is  considered a valuable skill in your professional development. Your presentation should convince your audience that your research is worth doing and that you are capable of doing it. In this module, we’ll discuss how to plan and present your research effectively.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will:

  • be able to plan and present your research clearly and with authority
  • be able to successfully argue for the importance of your research.


Discussion Forum

Share an example of a past presentation experience, and perhaps offer some tips about planning for a presentation and managing anxiety.

Workspace Forum

We’ll be asking you to share five PowerPoint slides and the notes you will use to discuss these slides. They can come from any section of your proposal.