Basic Instructions On Creating A Financial Dissertation Title


Every academic has known students who spend days ruminating about the best possible title for their financial dissertation only to then whizz through the actual dissertation as if it were an afterthought. Don’t fall into that trap. Yes, it is critical to creating the right tone for your paper. However, you don’t want to stress yourself out about it to the exclusion of everything else.

Titles are an art form in themselves and once you have cracked the formula, you will never again struggle. Here are my basic instructions on creating a financial dissertation title:

Choose a title that closely fits your dissertation

This might sound like common sense. However, this really is basic stuff and I am always amazed by how many people choose something really generic title and then moan when they don’t achieve the grade that they were looking for. You might get away with a fluffy one in in English Lit, but for a dissertation of a financial nature the title will need to be as tight as possible.

Do some research

You are not writing a novel. You are not expected to simply pluck one out of thin air and write around it. The most sensible approach would be to research similar dissertations, not to copy, because copying will be construed as plagiarism. More to get a feel for the way they are phrased in general. Research should if nothing else give you the confidence of knowing that you are heading in the right direction.

Be prepared to write several

Don’t make the mistake of presuming that you will be able to run with the first one that you come up with. Yes, you may very well get the bones of what you are looking for but you are unlikely to come up with the finished product. It doesn’t matter if you write several that sound the same.

Use keywords

Choose the keywords that will form the crux and then flesh it out around that. It is far easier to correctly position it when you have the core words already in place. Remember to stick to a maximum of seven keywords.

Read it out loud

No, this is not as crazy as it sounds. By reading it out loud you will easily identify any issues with syntax and sentence structure that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Reading it out loud will enable you to remove anything that sounds awkward or clunky.