Research proposal for existing project description? Watch
I'd like to apply to a current advertised PhD project (mathematics) with a pretty clear self-contained description. Currently writing the supporting statement for my application, which ATM reads more like a cover letter, but with an academic slant. Am I right in thinking that if a student is putting forward a project themselves, a formal research proposal is needed? I'm a bit worried I'm approaching this from the wrong angle and need to focus on the project more, rather than what I've done/find fascinating/hope to get out of a PhD. or not?
I explained the above to my adviser at current uni and he said I don't need a proposal... wanted to see how the uni went about the application description, but it said nothing about it. So I got a bit unsure, hand-wavy response.
I've had contact with my potential supervisor but feel a bit reluctant to email him again with this question.
ah... for anyone who has successfully applied to a PhD in maths or similar, what did you do?
edit: I'm going to have a section about the project in my statement, but more why I'm interested in it/where it can head.. but not very detailed.