How do I Create the Perfect Question for my Master’s Dissertation?

Each student who aspires to do masters, worries about creating the most apt question for his masters dissertation. The first thing to know here is that there is no perfect question for every occasion. But for your own self you can create the perfect question. Ironically, you can discover the question by giving yourself the answer to the following questions:

  1. Who is bothered about your dissertation?

The three things that are affected by your dissertation or are important in its creation are:

  • Your Calibre: You need to do a mental checklist that what you are intending to study is exciting enough to maintain your enthusiasm and interest for all the duration of the course

  • Your Employer: Is the topic going to contribute in your career growth plan and raise your level in front of the employer apart from making you stand apart among your contemporaries as competent and knowledgeable?

  • Your Institute: Does the topic suffice the requirement and standards in context to academic standards to make you eligible for the Masters Degree in your chosen discipline?

2. Do you have the scope to explain answer your question?

The answer for your question has to be in the chosen limits and boundaries which could be pertaining to:

  • The question should be answerable within the time and word limits defined for your dissertation.

  • What are the existing theories that can be applied to answering your question and how can they be brought together?

  • How comfortable you are in explaining the answer to your questions for your readers in a convincing manner?

3. What you are creating is a question or a statement?

You must be explicitly clear about the difference between a question and a statement and ensure what you draft is a question and not a statement. The other important characteristics to note about questions are that they should be narrow, focused and can be answered in the defined word limit in a satisfactory way. Remember that statements have the answer within them while questions seek answers.

4. Is it going to have longevity in relevance?

Some questions are more like fads and may look trendy and relevant now, but by the time you are done with answering them, they have lost their relevance. It is always better to chose questions that are perennial and wont lose their importance and relevance in times to come.