7: Dissertation Topic Selection & Evaluation

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How have you selected or thought about selecting and narrowing your topic?
  • What process did you go through or do you imagine yourself going through in order to come up with your final topic?
  • How does your topic reflect your passions, your interests, the way you do research, and/or your previous academic work?
  • How does your topic demonstrate the need for further research?
  • Does sufficient background information exist to facilitate your research?
  • Is your topic narrow enough so you can claim a degree of expertise?
  • Is your topic amenable to research methods?
  • Is your topic one you can write in a reasonable amount of time?
  • How does your topic match with your capabilities and interests?
  • How is your topic attractive for funding?
  • How does your topic allow for professional development?
  • Has your topic been addressed already? If so, in what detail?
  • How does your topic allow you to demonstrate expertise in a larger field?
  • How does your topic provide a springboard for future research?