Topic 2: The research project and the thesis


This topic examines two key issues that are important to the successful completion of your doctoral thesis. The first of these is the development and design of the research project. Here the focus is on clearly identifying the nature and scope of your study and developing a set of research questions. In many respects this examines the starting point of your doctoral project.

The second area of focus is on the thesis itself and is the end of the doctoral study. However, while the completed thesis is your ultimate goal, you must first understand what a doctoral thesis is. 

Key questions that you will need to consider are what is your research project about? What is the contribution that it will make to both academic knowledge and the "real world" of business? How will this research be original and able to demonstrate that it has followed the scientific method? Finally, will you be able to get it done in a reasonable time?

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