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Ten things to remember when writing a dissertation title
- What it is for: A dissertation title is a summary of what to expect from your piece. A good title will get across the basic precepts of your project.
- Type: As dissertations vary greatly, and may have quite different purposes, it is therefore quite important to make an indication in the title about which type of dissertation yours is.
- Language use: Make sure you give yourself the time needed to make the title intriguing, as well as informative.
- Clarity: You need to make sure that the title is clearly expressed, which confidently states what your work will explore. Explain your work to your supervisor and then double check that your title gives the impression that you intend.
- Style: The conventions for writing a dissertation and a dissertation title will depend on the academic discipline. Check with your supervisor, or look at relevant existing published material for ideas on the style your title should have.
- Focus: It is important to keep the title short, relevant, and clear. Do not add any redundant terms of words; you want your title to demonstrate a sense of clarity for the project as a whole.
- Scope: The title can be used to make a good indication of the scope of your dissertation.
- Uniqueness: Good dissertation titles are distinct from others within the same field, and ought to be instantly recognisable. To achieve this, try not to use generic vocabulary, or base your title too heavily on an existing title.
- Format: A dissertation title needs to have its own page at the start of the dissertation. It needs to meet the specifications set by your department.
- Humour: Some academic disciplines allow for an element of humour to be present in dissertation titles. However, be aware that poor humour can undermine the authority of an academic piece.