Choosing a dissertation topic as a Psychology Student
From inception, psychology has been about theories. The popularity of this concept of theories in psychology is only recently gaining grounds, and its analysis remains as extensive as the turf itself. It works like so; opinions that have been elucidated by psychologists are subject to further study. Students of psychology carry out their investigation, then report in the form of writing. So if you think after examinations and completion of course work, it is over; no, dissertation is next.
A dissertation is a Priority
Learning to write about psychological theories expose students to the experience that helps fine-tune their specialization. Subjecting previous methods to extensive scrutiny or what we call review is one of the many ways to validate your choice. These reviews as we have come to understand helps in professional development and broaden your capacity.
Picking your topic
Writing a dissertation on any topic subjects the writer to the rigour of studying, experimenting, research, revisions and other stuff. That is why you must pick a topic that appeals more to your interest; one you could work on for an extended period. It is never easy because the truth remains that writing the dissertation is only one fraction of your education. Therefore, you must balance the equation.
When deciding on a topic
- Seek the expertise of your professor, especially an active researcher.
- Check through departmental documents on research interests of a professor in the aspect of psychology that piques your attention too.
- Review some of the term papers your classmates wrote about your interests.
- Avoid topics that seem too broad and maybe too emotional for you to handle
- Subscribe to online information from Psychological Bulletin and other bodies. Every information you get comes in handy when you least expect.
Students spend a lot of their time researching a topic, this is unavoidable in all cases. In-depth research cannot be taken away from what you’re to produce. Hence, it would be best if you worked with current literature; generally and specifically. Several databases will help you identify published work and yet to be published ones. The same databases will give you access to tons of information, be sure to utilize it to the fullest.
Work on a timeline
We have established the fact that a dissertation is only a part of your education. Therefore, you need not spend longer than necessary time on it. Some people take a year or two to finish up, and others may be longer. Careful planning and using a research design will help you spend a minimal period. Also, making a list of possible questions and providing potential answers helps too. It would help if you also considered the most appropriate statistical parameter to use.
This said, check out some topic ideas we think will make great dissertation titles;
- An examination of examination-related anxiety in first-year students
- Analyzing the psychological impact of bullying on a children’s personality and social behaviour
- Analysis of stress responses in survivors of verbal abuse
- Anger and cognition: case study of military veterans