Re-using one's work on PhD research proposal

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aekias
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Hi all,

I am in the process of writing a PhD application for a social science course and my proposed topic is very similar to the one I did for my Masters dissertation. Therefore, there is naturally great overlap between the research proposal I am drafting and my Dissertation outline that I had to hand in prior to my dissertation in my MA course.

The university I am applying for (LSE) says that the research proposal has to be my own work (obvs), but is it against the rules to use passages that I wrote for my dissertation outline?

In other words, do Research Proposals go through TurnItIn? and in case they do, would it be marked against me that I have used things I have written before (for an outline, not an actual paper)?
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(Original post by aekias)
Hi all,

I am in the process of writing a PhD application for a social science course and my proposed topic is very similar to the one I did for my Masters dissertation. Therefore, there is naturally great overlap between the research proposal I am drafting and my Dissertation outline that I had to hand in prior to my dissertation in my MA course.

The university I am applying for (LSE) says that the research proposal has to be my own work (obvs), but is it against the rules to use passages that I wrote for my dissertation outline?

In other words, do Research Proposals go through TurnItIn? and in case they do, would it be marked against me that I have used things I have written before (for an outline, not an actual paper)?
Your PhD can't re-use your Masters work, it can only progress it on. So there should not be great overlap. So for example, you can say that your Masters looked at the issue of governance in an industry, and the establishment of universal operating standards, but your PhD is going to look at wider sustainability, of which strong governance is just one factor. Then unless you can take the governance aspect further than your masters, you just refer to the Masters in the PhD text.

If key works of literature are still problematic or influential, it's OK to refer to say Dickens as still having yadda yadda, as you might have done in your Masters, but you have to be proposing a substantially more in depth and progressive piece of research for your PhD.

Research proposals don't go through Turnitin, but if they think your proposal hasn't moved on enough from your Masters and doesn't have the potential to be a substantially different piece of work, they will have problems with it.
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