Choose a dissertation topic from a broad academic course subject

By Abhinash on December 20, 2022

Before looking for a potential dissertation topic, take some time to reflect on your academic interests, professional experience, and personal interests. Talk to your advisors or mentors about your interests and ask for their suggestions or guidance who may shed some light on your strengths and weaknesses. Choose a dissertation subject that is interesting and relevant to your primary field, skills and knowledge. It should also be something you are passionate about and can dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to.

Start with a course subject that you have most understood and enjoyed solving problems and cases. The dissertation subject should be broad enough to allow for a variety of research methods and approaches. Choosing such a dissertation subject will keep you motivated and give you a sense of purpose and direction during tough times.

EXAMPLE

If you are naturally good at math, then you may want to focus on mathematics as your academic interest.

How to choose your dissertation topic?
How to choose your dissertation topic?

Start digging into the literature and brainstorm your dissertation topic

Do exploratory research on what topics have already been covered in your field of interest. Read through recent publications in your field to get an idea of the current trends and topics of interest. Look for a topic or issue that has not been thoroughly researched or that has conflicting viewpoints. This can provide an opportunity for you to contribute new insights or ideas to the field. Understanding the key issues in the field and the latest research developments will help to inform your choice of topic and ensure that your dissertation is up-to-date and relevant.

Furthermore, consider what topics are currently relevant and timely in your field of study. Think about how you can take a unique approach to the topic and how you can make it your own. Attending conferences or seminars can be a great way to learn about new research ideas in your field. Before you arrive at a topic consider factors such as the feasibility of the research, the availability of resources and data, and the potential impact of your research.

Make sure your dissertation topic is not too narrow or broad

To determine if your dissertation topic is too narrow or too broad, you should consider the scope of the topic and the amount of research available on the topic. If your topic is too narrow, you may find that there is not enough research to support your argument or that you are unable to find enough evidence to back up your claims. On the other hand, if your topic is too broad, you may find that you have too much information to cover in the allotted time or that the research is too scattered to make a cohesive argument. Additionally, you should consider the amount of time you have to complete your dissertation and the resources available to you. If you have limited time and resources, a more focused topic may be more suitable.

Do you understand the fundamentals of the research process?

The research process is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing information to answer questions or solve problems. It is a systematic and organized approach to gathering information and data for a specific purpose.

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The research process typically involves:

  • Identifying a research topic,
  • formulating a research question,
  • conducting a literature review,
  • designing a research study,
  • collecting data, analyzing data, and
  • drawing conclusions.

Understanding the fundamentals of the research process is essential for conducting successful research. It provides the foundation for developing research questions, designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing results, and drawing conclusions. It also helps to ensure that the research is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. Understanding the fundamentals of the research process helps to ensure that the research is conducted in a way that is reliable, valid, and replicable. This understanding also helps to identify potential sources of bias and to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to invalid results.

A well-designed research project will provide a framework for the collection and analysis of data and will help to ensure that the research is conducted in a systematic and rigorous manner. The research design should be tailored to the specific topic and the research questions.

Before you start your dissertation work outline a feasible roadmap

An outline is a roadmap for your dissertation that helps to organize ideas and keep track of progress. An outline is an important tool for organizing your thoughts and structuring your dissertation.

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Follow these steps for creating a dissertation roadmap:

  • Start with a broad overview.
  • Identify the main sections of your dissertation.
  • Break down each section into smaller parts.
  • Determine the key milestones.
  • Review and revise your roadmap

Establish a writing schedule that will help you stay on track and make progress towards completing the dissertation. Determine how much time you want to spend writing each day or week, and set specific goals for each writing session. In addition to writing, you should also allocate time for research and planning. This might include conducting a literature review, gathering data, or creating an outline. Set specific goals for each writing session, and be sure to allocate enough time for editing and revising your work.

I am currently working as a Research Associate. My work is centered on Macroeconomics with modern econometric approach. Broadly, the methodological research focuses on Panel data and Times series data analysis for causal inference and prediction. I also served as a reviewer to Journals of Taylor & Francis Group, Emerald, Sage.

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