How to Decide on a Topic for Your Postgraduate Thesis


Unless you entered postgraduate education with a burning question or topic in mind, you may be having a hard time deciding on a topic for your postgraduate thesis .

Let It Develop Naturally More often than not a topic for your postgraduate thesis will develop naturally over the course of your studies. The prospect of choosing a proposal topic can seem overwhelming, but there is no point getting hung up on it. Relax and take a step back. Before you know it, you'll have the whole thing figured out.

Be Original Originality is essential when it comes to picking the topic for your postgraduate thesis. Now is your time to shine. Be creative and choose a topic that stands out from the pack as original and innovative. This doesn't mean you have to talk about something completely unheard of, (although that's not off the cards) it simply means approaching an existing topic from a new perspective.

Find The Right Tutor Finding the perfect tutor is key to your postgraduate thesis success. Plus with a little advice and guidance, they may be able to help you settle on a topic or title for your thesis. Not sure where to start looking for a tutor? Try searching your university's website or talking to professors who have experience in your particular area of interest. A tutor will also be able to let you know whether your topic of choice is suitable if you're wishing to obtain a first class distinction.

Career Minded Picking a postgraduate thesis topic that will be helpful in your future career path will always pay dividends. Not only will this tactic ensure that you maintain interest, it will also help you to gain employment once you have graduated. If your goal is an academic career, it may be wise to choose a thesis that could be easily adapted into a book or journal. To simplify - choose a thesis topic that will make you more marketable.

Nothing Is Ever Final If the stress of making a final decision is becoming too much to handle, think about it this way. Nothing is ever final. It is never too late to change the direction of your postgraduate thesis. Everything evolves and your postgraduate thesis is likely to as well. Don't be afraid to announce the topic you want to explore because you feel once you do, there is no turning back. Research unveils new aspects which may lead to you wanting to change or revise your thesis title. This is perfectly acceptable. Just try to stick with your original topic.

Get Excited Above all, you need to make sure that the topic for your postgraduate thesis you decide to run with is one you can get excited about. You have to dedicate a large portion of your life to this one pursuit, and choosing a subject to suit others, such as your tutor, is only going to make the task 10x harder.  This is your time to explore something you have a real passion for, and picking a topic that you love will help to keep you motivated and inspired.

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Rose May 5, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

I need ur help in deciding on what to choose for my MA thesis in Theoritical Linguistics

Charlotte King May 14, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Hi Rose,
Have you had a chat with your supervisor about the different options? That would definitely be the best place to start. Our course search on Theoretical Linguistics shows up 6 different courses - maybe if you have a read through these it may give you some further inspiration:
Let us know how you get on and what you decide to write about.
Good luck, Charlotte

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