Friday, April 3, 2015

PhD Thesis

Those who know the letters see double [twice as much as those who don't]
(Greek inscription at the University of Edinburgh)

Four Obvious Rules for Choosing a Thesis Topic:

1. The topic should reflect your previous studies and experience. It should be related to your completed courses; your other research; and your political, cultural, or religious experience.

2. The necessary sources should be materially accessible. You should be near enough to the sources for convenient access, and you should have the permission you need to access them.

3. The necessary sources should be manageable. In other words, you should have the ability, experience, and background knowledge needed to understand the sources.

4. You should have some experience with the methodological framework that you will use in the thesis. For example, if your thesis topic requires you to analyze a Bach violin sonata, you should be versed in music theory and analysis.

Umberto Eco

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