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The Main Stages of Determining the Topic of the Dissertation

Stage 1. Choice of direction and formulation of the topic.

At this stage, it is necessary to outline a potential range of topics, areas that are of interest to the author. Next, you should determine the degree of its study, the list of references and dissertations, and relevance. If you find it difficult to choose a research topic, then consult with your supervisor. He will give certain recommendations, point out possible difficulties and barriers in writing a study, advise literature or authors, etc.

Stage 2. We define theses, goals and objectives.

This step involves answering the following questions:

  • what needs to be studied and how to do it;

  • what needs to be proposed and how to justify it;

  • by whom and when this topic was studied earlier;

  • highlighting the theses, main points, the main idea;

  • the presence of controversial issues that have not yet been fully studied.

In fact, at this stage, the author will formulate the goal, objectives of the dissertation, subject and object, basic definitions, create the "skeleton" of the work, highlight the main working "materials" (sources of literature), determine their sufficiency.

Stage 3. Statement of the main question and formulation of the topic of the dissertation.

Here, attention should be paid to the role, the impact of the main idea on society, the environment, industry or the country as a whole. This will confirm the relevance of the study and emphasize its significance. The topic title should be clear, concise, and capacious. An ambiguous or too broad interpretation is unacceptable. It is better if 1-2 keywords or professional terms are used in the title. They will reflect the direction and specifics of the dissertation.

In stage 4, the topic of the dissertation must be approved by the department. Only after this moment should you start writing the work.

What topics should be avoided?

It all depends on the level of professional training of the graduate student and his supervisor. Writing a dissertation involves not only the study of previously written similar works, but also the derivation of something new, designed to improve the activities of an enterprise, industry or country.

Experienced authors recommend avoiding little-studied topics. It would seem that the horizon for discoveries and innovations is open here. Actually, it is not. It is very difficult to collect material for such topics, which means that it is difficult or even impossible to study the problem. Little-studied topics and proposals on them are acutely perceived by society, scientists, and cause a lot of controversy and criticism.

Please note that if the question in the title can be answered briefly (in 2-3 sentences), then this topic is too narrow. It will not be possible to “stretch” it for a whole dissertation. At the same time, if there are monographs on the chosen topic, then it will be difficult to fit it into a dissertation, since it is too broad, there is too much data on it. The author has to find a golden mean.

More resources: What Are the Stages in the Formulation of a Scientific Problem? The Main Features of a Dissertation in Psychology The Structure of Scientific Work How to Write a Technical Dissertation? Introduction and Other Paper Parts

Karl Rockwell

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