If you are interested in the work of a specific potential supervisor, and especially if you have already discussed your proposed project with this person, be sure to make reference to this in your proposal.
Your research proposal may be a part of your dissertation, submitted in advance, or submitted as a separate piece of work.
Once you have a topic, and research question(s), then you can decide on a title, which should broadly cover your research question(s) and summarise what you are going to do.
You can and should use your dissertation supervisor as a sounding board as you develop your thinking, although beware of bombarding them with enthusiastic and/or panicky emails.
A typical research proposal contains: In addition, when a research proposal is made to a funding body or when plans for communication are not implicit in the project (e.g., when the research is undertaken for a dissertation), then it is usual to include a detailed budget and a description of the communication plans in the proposal.
The first step in any research is to identify the topic of interest.
It is much easier to take irrelevant text and references out later than to add them in and remember where the ideas came from.
Once you have identified your field of interest, you can then start to identify one or more research questions to answer.
It’s usually better to ask for a meeting to discuss your ideas, rather than trying to have a discussion by email.
Keep a note of ideas and questions, and then send a single email to your supervisor requesting an appointment, and setting out your broad thinking, preferably with your outline research questions.