Best PhD dissertation topics: choose the one for you

Now anyone who is going to tackle a PhD thesis will know that this is a major undertaking. And it's quite possible that you have been thinking about your topic for a long time. Many people who write a PhD thesis reckon they get an inkling of the topic they would like to choose in their undergraduate days. A particular subject grabs their attention and they store that topic away in the back of their mind in case they are able to move through the academic world and get the opportunity to produce a PhD thesis, they have their topic.

But the key to this topic really concerns the words, choose the one for you. Those few words sum up what should be your goal. First of all it is a choice, that is to say your PhD thesis is not forced upon you. And second it is for you. So bear those two things in mind in coming up with a PhD dissertation topic. You choose it and you choose it because it's the best one for you.

There are a few simple steps you can take in order to improve your chances of choosing the best PhD station topic for yourself.


One of the best ways to learn about the structure, the style and the content of your future PhD dissertation is to read other completed works. Your academic institution will have on file the many dissertations written by former students at your college or university. Go through these unpublished works. Note the many aspects of each dissertation and particularly take note of the topic chosen. Also consider the comments made by the supervisor.

If you have a passion for a particular topic, it may well be the ideal one for you to choose. Your interest in the subject will keep you enthusiastic and drive you forward. We tend to write best about what we know best.

Once you have a dissertation topic in mind, conduct some due diligence. Study this topic and see if there are any other PhD dissertations on the same or similar topic. Find out how much resource material is available and try and judge the quality of this resource material.

Obviously you will spend a lot of time talking to your supervisor. But there are other people you can talk to as well; other students who have done a PhD or who are doing a PhD. Other tutors at your institution. Talk it over with other people.