Editing & Proofreading Services for Research Proposals

As a specialist academic proofreading and editing services provider, we have a dedicated team of editors and proofreaders who will help you submit a research proposal that meets all the language requirements and criteria set by the university you are applying to. 

Research proposal is the most important document you have to submit as part of any application for a place on a PhD or MA programme. It is a document where you are expected to provide a concise, informative and coherent outline of your proposed research. 

This academic paper has to be prepared in line with a number of guidelines related to structure, layout, length, content, and language. Following these guidelines increases the chances of your admission on the academic programme or degree you are interested in. 

Given the fierce competition for a place on MA or PhD programmes, the research proposal should be drafted as best as possible. 

At the Ultimate Proofreader, we have provided hundreds of aspiring PhD and MA students with bespoke proofreading services & editing services for their research proposals.  

How can we help you present a successful research proposal? 

We basically peruse your research proposal paper to correct your language, articulate your ideas, improve your style of presentation and ensure you are complying with all guidelines set by the university or your potential supervisor. 

Let’s explain in detail how our editing and proofreading services for research proposals can help you get a placement for a higher academic degree. 

Grammar, punctuation and spelling 

If you are applying for admission on a PhD or MA course or degree, you will be expected to ensure that your research proposal manuscript does not include any grammatical or punctuation errors or typos. 

Prospects, the academic assistance website, has summed it up very nicely by advising aspiring PhD and Master’s students to ensure: “The research proposal has been proofread by both an experienced academic (to confirm that it conforms to academic standards) and a layman (to correct any grammatical or spelling errors)”. 

This is where we come in and help. Our specialist English proofreaders will check your research proposal manuscript thoroughly for any errors related to punctuation, grammar or spelling that you may have inadvertently left in your document, whether in a title, headline, sub-heading or body of the text. 

If you are rushing to meet a deadline or you are not quite confident about your English writing, it is more likely that your research proposal does include SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) errors which need to be fixed before submission.

If you are applying for a UK university, we will ensure your English is British and if you are applying for an American university, we will ensure your English is American.

Language, style and clarity 

As part of our comprehensive editing and proofreading services for research proposals, our academic copy-editors go beyond the correction of SPAG mistakes in your research proposal to improve a number of things in the paper. 

  1. They will tighten and tidy up your language to be more idiomatic
  2. They enhance your style to be more academic and formal
  3. They examine your paper in depth for clarity
  4. They ensure you have written your ideas in the most effective way

Any successful research proposal has to be written in correct academic language in clear, understandable, informative, and well-structured style. This is where our academic proofreading and copy-editing services for research proposals will help you best. 

Length and structure 

Every university has guidelines regarding the length and structure of research proposals which have to be adhered to by those submitting a research proposal as part of a PhD or MA placement application.


a) Length

According to Prospects, research proposals are typically expected to be between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length. 

For guidance on the exact length or word count you need to abide by, it is advisable to consult your potential supervisor or the university you are applying to at the very beginning. 

Most students, for various reasons, overshoot the required length while writing their research proposal. If you are one of them, this could be because of inability to draft your ideas concisely and succinctly, or racing against time and not being aware of the word count, or you have a lot of information and cannot express yourself within the required length limit. 

Again, here our experienced academic copy-editors come in and help. We will help reduce your research proposal paper down to the expected length by shortening run-on sentences, deleting unnecessary repetitions, piecing disconnected ideas together and removing any wordiness or verbosity. 


b) Structure

There are general rules and expectations about what should be included in the research proposal document. 

  1. A title
  2. Abstract
  3. Research context
  4. Research questions
  5. Research methods
  6. Significance of research
  7. Bibliography

Our academic editing services & proofreading services for research proposals will help you ensure that all the sections required as part of the structure of your academic paper are written in the most effective and convincing manner.