Topic search for the Master thesis – find thousands of examples within seconds
GRIN has more than 200,000 scientific works in the repertoire. If you already have some ideas in which topic you would like to write, you can use GRIN to quickly see which topics are eligible. Just enter a keyword in the keyword search that interests you. From the works that are proposed to you can easily derive topics for you, z. For example, by writing a topic with a different focus. Another focus may be, for example, another country, another epoch, another method, or another era. If you already have a professor, but still no topic, then simply enter the name of your professor in the keyword search and look at what master’s theses have been written at this chair in recent years. In seconds, you get an idea of what’s in store for you – in terms of scope, structure and much more.
Most difficult part of the master thesis? Write scientifically
The good thing, if you have to write a master thesis, is: You have definitely already written a bachelor thesis – at least if you are not one of the special exceptions and you are doing your Master without a Bachelor. So you probably know the basics of scientific work. Of course, it may be that your Master’s thesis is completely different or you want to do everything better this time, but research, cite and summarize are no longer completely new territory for you. With the following tips, the mammoth task master thesis can be subdivided into clear work areas:
Schedule & Structure
If you design a detailed timetable for your master thesis (and you should definitely do that), you’ll need to do some of the following: Consider the following:
- Duration of the search
- Scope of the research material to be evaluated
- Your writing speed
- Time buffer and several days for the correction
In addition, the outline is the essential backbone of your master’s thesis, which makes writing a lot easier if you have thought through it from the beginning. Even if it is annoying, you should have at least roughly created it before the start of the practical research part and also note down which sources you want to use for the main points. Before you start writing, there should also be the fine-tuning so that you can hang on to this structure even under time pressure. Of course, small changes can still be made while it becomes clear that you want to further subdivide or summarize sub-points.
So there are no nasty surprises at the end: Always keep in contact with your supervisor! You can only write a good master’s thesis if you can be sure that you are doing the right thing every step of the way. Always keep in mind all the questions that arise during the process and topics that you are unsure about how to approach them. It’s a bit more effort than writing it off and then just pulling it, but when it turns out that your supervisor has imagined it very differently, you have to start again in the worst case.
Data collection, source selection and citation are just a few of the many components that make up proper scientific work. First, it is important to classify your topic in the current state of research: What research was previously on the subject and to what extent is your work a meaningful continuation of it? You have already considered this with the topic choice of your master thesis. When writing, it is now about proving them with serious and relevant sources. It is best to put the source information in the correct (and constant same!) Form during citation, so that you do not have hundreds of small construction sites at the end. If you can not get through to it at all, you have to make notes for each quote, so that you can easily assign it later. Depending on how technically you are, you can also use special citation programs, which automatically assist in researching and creating the bibliography.
Self-organization & routine
Get up in good time, keep up with the daily routine and do not forget the relaxation – as an adult, you have to work, right? It’s not that easy and it does not help if you blame yourself if your routine does not end like this. In fact, self-organization is the point most students struggle with. What helps: Exercise the routine. Get up every day at the same time, morning, afternoon and possibly evening in realistic working shifts, which take place at the same time as possible. Also breaks and your free time must be planned, so that you can regain strength here regularly. Whether you work better at home or in the library, of course, depends on where you can concentrate better. But it helps to leave the house in the morning and to meet fellow students for breaks in the library.
Writer’s block and frustration
Once it actually gets everyone during the master thesis. Writing seems impossible, nothing makes more sense and you suddenly question why you chose this subject at all. Even if it feels like the end of the world or at least your university career, that’s perfectly normal. Then you should first breathe, take a break and discuss your concerns with someone – preferably your caregiver. Seen from the outside, the structure is usually recognizable. If the writer’s block is already at the beginning, then only one thing helps: Just start. It is important for now that you lose the fear of the huge task. Later you can always rewrite if you have already “warm-up”.
In case of emergency: request an extension of the deadline
Illness, data problems, etc .: It can happen that you can not meet the fixed deadline by any means. Then an extension of the deadline can be the salvation. You have to apply formally to the examination office of your university, usually there are forms for it. Your supervisor must support the extension of the submission deadline and with him you must discuss the time problem anyway. In the case of illness, of course, you must also have a medical certificate. Sure, you would rather write and hand in your master’s thesis like everyone else, but if you have valid reasons, you will not fall into disfavour with an extension of time with your proofreaders.