How to Pick a Topic for Your Research Proposal
For those of you who are planning to apply for your postgraduate or Ph.D’s, keep in mind that you must submit a research proposal to be eligible for most reputed universities.
A research proposal exhibits the need to study a research problem and present the way to conduct that research. Most universities have their own style and requirements of what they want to see in your research proposal, but make sure to include all the essential components of a research proposal. You are required to pick a topic yourself though.
How do you pick a topic?
It’s not as hard as it seems.
- Brainstorm for ideas: Select a topic that is of your interest. Select one that interests you and are passionate about. This will help you stay motivated when you start working on your project. Jot down any keywords or concepts that could help you form your topic for your research paper.
- Get some background information: Start up with your initial search on the two or three topics you have narrowed down. It’s possible you may not find as much information as you had expected on some of the topics so just cross them out till you find one that works for you.
- Further narrow down your topic: If your topic is too broad or vast, limit it down. However, make sure that you are not confining your topic too much for the research proposal.
- State your topic as a specific question: Once you have narrowed your topic, form questions around it. Do a little research to see if you are able to gather enough answers around it before selecting it as your final topic.
Now that wasn’t so hard, right?
As ironic as it may seem, you may have found that preparing your research proposal was not as difficult as it was to pick a topic.
At November 17, 2017