The research proposal outlines in a brief, concise way what the research project is about, the study objectives, how the study questions will be approached and which methods will be used. It should be no longer than four pages. The research proposal is needed for multiple purposes during study preparation and will likely be revised several times. Initially, it serves as a basis for discussion with the thesis supervisor. It must then be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee so that you can carry out your research. At this point of stage it is not mandatory for the application. However, it helps members of the admissions committee evaluate applications.