When applying for your degree you will be required to write your research proposal for dissertation which will be required to meet certain academic standards. Doctorate degrees are usually awarded to students who genuinely contribute towards a state of knowledge in a particular field of study. Before being awarded one has to prove the capability of being able to contribute positively by writing a research proposal. Have it in mind whenever you are writing your research proposal that it will be competing many other research proposals. Therefore ensure that what you produce is clearly written and is able to be understood easily.