Very few students who enter a PhD program have a clear idea about their dissertation topic from the very beginning. Finalizing an appropriate dissertation topic involves many considerations, most importantly:
- Incorporating novel methodological approaches to a pre-existing phenomenon, and
- Suggesting contributions to current theoretical and pragmatic understandings in your field
The topic selection stage is especially important in the dissertation process because it has ramifications for the rest of your dissertation research. Because of this, it’s imperative that you establish a specific, current research gap that will be addressed throughout your study as early as possible in your dissertation process.
We believe in an interactive approach to the topic selection process, in which we develop an appropriate dissertation topic based on your personal interests, access to participants, and comfort with and time available for data collection. Our academic consultants will be happy to schedule a time with you where you can share more about the directions you’ve considered so far for your doctoral research, and we will be able to provide guidance on how you can optimize your time and resources to get moving right away on your dissertation or doctoral study.