Choosing Right Research Topic

How to select the right research topic?

Choosing the right research topic is one of the most important decisions a student should make during his/her academic career. Writing an academic paper necessitates a certain set of skills and inclinations. The most difficult component of a good master’s program is finding the right approach and dedication to produce a contemporary relevant piece of research. 

Try to keep your research topic:

  • Original
  • Inventive and intriguing
  • Recent and timely
  • Suit your specific interests
  • Ignite your curiosity for research

Look into options

You can usually build your study topic in one of two ways:

  • Make a unique study subject suggestion. This is the most prevalent option in the humanities, business, and law fields of study.
  • A supervisor will give you a selection of available study topics. This option isn’t always available, but in science and engineering, it’s the most prevalent.

Early on, talk to a possible supervisor about your ideas. They’ll be able to guide you which of these possibilities is best for you, as well as offer advice on how to write your research proposal.

How to come up with a unique research topic?

Here are some tips to guide you, if you want to suggest an original topic:

  • Find a subject that interests you by reading a variety of materials.
  • Become completely immersed in journal articles and theses related to your field.
  • Concentrate on a single research question. Be detailed, unique, and realistic about what you can accomplish. 
  • Make an effort to be adaptable. Some of your initial ideas are likely to be challenged as your investigation progresses. If necessary, you may need to modify your question.
  • Make sure you are up-to-date on the latest advances in your industry. This will guarantee that your proposal is feasible and has not already been implemented.
  • Talk to a friend about research ideas. She or he may be able to help you narrow down your topic by bringing up topics that you hadn’t considered.  
  • Consider the following questions: why, who, what, where, and when:
    • WHY did you choose the topic? What interests you about it? Do you have any opinion about the issues involved?
    • WHO are the sources of information on this topic? Who might publish information about it? Who is affected by the topic? Do you know of organizations or institutions that are connected with the topic?
    • WHAT are the most important questions about this topic? Is there a debate regarding the topic? Is there a wide range of subjects and viewpoints to consider?
    • WHERE does your topic matter most: at the local, national or international level? Is the topic affecting any specific locations?
    • WHEN is/was your topic important? Is this a current issue or one from the past? Do you wish to compare your subject to different eras?

The most crucial part is to keep you motivated during the journey. A supervisor’s position is also critical in order to keep you going. As a result, a good and effective topic is one that can be given with compelling arguments that are relevant to current practice.

Above all, keep the excitement always on!