Thesis writing guide

Formerly the thesis was a diploma thesis. Today, the bachelor, master or final thesis is the last major hurdle to finish your own studies. Not a few students are afraid of it. Writing a thesis does not only cost a lot of time and a lot of work – so it simply lacks the practice and routine of dealing with so intensively with a topic over a long period of time. CAREER BIBLE shows you how to do a perfect thesis …

Writing a thesis: How do I find the right topic?

One to two semesters before the end of the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program, most students start one of the largest projects ever: the final thesis. The effort should not be underestimated: A topic must be found, the appropriate supervisor convinced and an outline created.

The choice of the right topic is not unimportant for later entry into the profession. After all, with the thesis you not only show that you can work systematically, structured and scientifically, but also deepen your previous theoretical knowledge in a certain area. Some may collect empirically new data and facts that are not uninteresting for employers.

The more relevant the topic is for potential employers and the deeper the analysis, the more convincing the thesis will be. But with the question it starts:

What should I write about? How do I find a suitable topic?

The choice of topics should not be a quick shot, but here too, it has proven to be systematic and to narrow down the topic by means of structured questions (and the supervisor). That’s how it’s done:

Determine Interest: The thesis should definitely cover a topic that you are interested in; Without positive attitude to it and with pure agony, you hardly ever find inspiration. Of course, the topic should also be as up to date as possible. But also not too current: Especially fashion topics often have the disadvantage that there are hardly any secondary literature. This considerably increases the research effort.

Hypothesis: What do I want to find out, explore? In the best case, the thesis should provide insight and not just rearrange known research results. So think about how you can differentiate yourself from other research.

Determining the starting position: What are the already available? Which problem is acute in science? Take some time for the material research and look around in the literature, which theories, solutions, methods, data are already known. So in comparison to the second point – your hypothesis.

Check feasibility: How extensive is the required research work for the topic? No question: There are very exciting topics for these. However, the scientific effort goes far beyond the scope. Even a doctoral thesis would be too short. In that case, only the next point helps …

Focus on topic: Not a few students and graduates in particular formulate and summarize their topic too far. Effect: In the given time this is no longer possible. Therefore, you should rather look at it (40). Completeness delusion here counterproductive. Because the work must later so keep what the title promises.

Identifying the target group: For whom could the topic of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis be interesting? It is by a means to choose a topic to think about.

Jearlene Rojas