How do I find a topic for my work?

Many students spend a long time looking for a suitable topic for their next scientific work. This is actually a challenge that can be mastered in a promising and time-efficient manner at the same time. Basically, the search for a good topic requires only two decisions: an exciting phenomenon in the field of the given subject area and an interesting theory that seems suitable for explaining the phenomenon.

At the same time, the theory does not have to explain the phenomenon in its entirety down to the last corner. Also an analysis, why the theory X for the explanation of phenomenon Y reaches its limits at some point, can become a very good scientific contribution.

Anyone who finds out during the research that there are countless works to the preferred phenomenon, who have already scoured every conceivable theoretical current in the respective discipline, can calmly think outside the box and go on an interdisciplinary theory loan. In this way, often very innovative projects, often meet a much higher demand compared to the – unfortunately often homogeneous – work of highly frequented phenomena.

When developing a topic, students who have already gained an overview of the theories of their own faculty and those of the adjacent faculties are obviously in the advantage. Anyone who has missed this mission is well advised to first make basic literature on theoretical inspiration and then narrow down the phenomenon.

Special attention should always be on the limitation of the topic. This limitation must be designed so that the topic can be meticulously realized within the volume specification. Insufficient limitations of the topic quickly lead to structural and later implementation problems.

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