How to write a statement of intent

You are required to submit a statement of intent when applying to study a Master of Research at Western Sydney University. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting your application.

What is a statement of intent?

A statement of intent outlines a provisional research area for your project that:

  • Highlights your area of research interest.
  • Describes the importance of this area of research and why you are the right person to undertake it.
  • Identifies a potential supervisor(s) who you would like to work with on the project.

Your statement of intent may vary in length and detail, but it is expected to be approximately 250 words and less than one page.

What is the statement of intent used for?

Your statement of intent will be used by the Graduate Research School and Higher Degree Research Directors to determine the School or Institute where you would be best allocated based on research area. It will also help to identify an appropriate supervisor for your project.

You will have the opportunity to refine your statement of intent during the coursework stage as you develop your understanding of the field of research.

Will I be able to change my statement of intent?

Yes, it is expected that your statement of intent will evolve as your research progresses. It is normal for candidates to refine their proposal in response to literature reviews and feedback from your supervisor(s).

What are some tips to writing a strong research proposal?

The following tips will help to strengthen the quality of your statement of intent.

  • Conduct some initial research about the area you would like to study. You could review the School or Institute pages on the Western Sydney University website or keyword search our academic staff profiles.

  • Contact the Higher Degree Research Director in a relevant School or Institute to discuss potential projects and supervision.
  • Think about the impact you would like to achieve by researching in this area. Who will benefit and why is it important?

  • Demonstrate your passion for the area of research!