How to select a topic for bachelor thesis
The basis for a successful bachelor / master thesis is the correct choice of topic. In this respect, indeed, it is only with the passage of time that we find out how crucial the decision was at the very beginning.
This article discusses why it is important to pay attention to the correct choice of topic. And why did we decide to write it? Because not only within our friendly web site, in which we offer the processing of original background texts, but also within these web pages we often solve problems of students caused by inappropriate selection of the topic.
To begin with, let’s say five principles that you should avoid when choosing a topic:
Don’t choose too broad or too general a topic. Unsuitable topics include, for example, unemployment within the UK, poverty and hunger in the world or the emergence of the European Union. These topics are too general and, above all, comprehensive. You may not be able to get into the depths of your work and then only slip along the surface of the selected theme.
Do not choose a theme based on the preference of a particular teacher. It often happens that students choose their supervisor on the basis of personal sympathy and affection and do not pay attention to what topics the teacher guarantees. It’s okay that you want your supervisor to suit you, but put the highest emphasis on this criterion.
Recommendation: first look at what topics are offered. Choose more circuits and then in the final selection try to find the intersection between the preferences of the leader and the topic that is in your power to process.
Do not choose a topic that has already been written about dozens of similar final theses. In this case, there is a risk that you will tend to so-called copying and may result in plagiarism (copy). Or it may happen that your work will not bring anything new or interesting because everything is already known and obvious. The themes that have been worked out many times are usually the most difficult. Because it is necessary to choose another approach to processing, use other methods of work, etc.
Recommendation: first study similar dissertations. Then consider how you could work on the topic to make it different from other works. If you don’t miss anything, choose a different topic.
Do not choose a topic that is very specific, unusual or marginal. If you have thought through the whole work in advance and make sure that you have enough suitable literary resources to process, then such a topic can be of great benefit. Otherwise, it may happen that a topic that has come to be unusually interesting for you in the first place becomes demotivating and stressful.
Recommendation: Make sure you have enough literary resources for the topic, not only the internet but also the book. Check that the sources you search for are appropriate, ie they really deal with the issues you will be dealing with in your work.
Topics related to the high level of knowledge of different foreign languages are also inappropriate. Often, students choose to analyze a foreign country, such as China, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, Japan, etc., and then find that relevant resources are not available in major world languages (especially in English ).
Recommendation: Check in advance whether you have literary sources for the topic in the languages you understand. Sources mainly about CIS countries or Asia are often not available in languages other than national (in Russian, Chinese, etc.)
Get advice when choosing a topic. Within our website there is an online Counseling Center where you can ask free of charge questions that you have in your work. We will be pleased to advise you and possibly we can help you with entering your job and finding relevant resources at a reasonable price.
Before you confirm your chosen topic, consult with the supervisor. Write in advance questions that are important to you so that the consultation can be constructive and beneficial.
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