Finding
your academic research question
Identifying a research topic
• Which area do I want to study?
– Make your topic as focused as possible
• Which questions d...
Find your topic buckets to frame your
research
• Find Identify the relevant topic ‘buckets’ relevant to your
research
• Wh...
Ask yourself…
• What do I want to find
out/understand?
–why is it important?
Or your might want to ask
this…
• What is the problem you will
address?
– Your problem needs to be
provable and not assume...
Or maybe this…
• What are your goals?
– What will you do
afterwards?
Types of research questions
• How questions
• What questions
• Why questions
Hypotheses
• Hypotheses are predictive statements about
expected outcome of the research
• Hypotheses dictate the method a...
You know you have found your
research question when…
You can concisely and clearly explain
to an expert (academic/colleagu...
Got a tip on how to find a research question?
Leave a comment on SlideShare!
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How to find your MRes/MPhil/PhD research question

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Here a few tips based on my experience on how to find a MRes/MPhil/PhD research question

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How to find your MRes/MPhil/PhD research question

  1. 1. Finding your academic research question
  2. 2. Identifying a research topic • Which area do I want to study? – Make your topic as focused as possible • Which questions do I want to answer? – Make your questions as specific as possible • Are my questions exploratory, explanatory or descriptive? – Set your empirical methodology in very concrete terms – How will you demonstrate your argument? – Which research techniques will you use? • What are the most critical issues in this area? – What type of contribution does it provide? Theoretical or practical? Why is your research topic important?
  3. 3. Find your topic buckets to frame your research • Find Identify the relevant topic ‘buckets’ relevant to your research • What are the most significant articles within your buckets? – These articles will form the back-bone of your research (tip: check out Google Scholar which shows how often certain articles were cited)
  4. 4. Ask yourself… • What do I want to find out/understand? –why is it important?
  5. 5. Or your might want to ask this… • What is the problem you will address? – Your problem needs to be provable and not assume end state
  6. 6. Or maybe this… • What are your goals? – What will you do afterwards?
  7. 7. Types of research questions • How questions • What questions • Why questions
  8. 8. Hypotheses • Hypotheses are predictive statements about expected outcome of the research • Hypotheses dictate the method and design of the research • Hypotheses are closely linked to your research questions • Hypotheses are predictive statements about expected outcome of the research • Hypotheses dictate the method and design of the research Hypotheses must be explicit
  9. 9. You know you have found your research question when… You can concisely and clearly explain to an expert (academic/colleague) what it is that you are researching
  10. 10. Got a tip on how to find a research question? Leave a comment on SlideShare!

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