How to write a good title for a postgraduate dissertation

titleDr Mansoor Ali

The dissertation title is your first opportunity to let the reader know what your dissertation is about.

With just a few words, the title has to highlight the purpose of the study, include its context, outcomes, and important aspects of the research strategy adopted – that means entire work in fe words.

Here is an example
Area : Type 2 Diabetes
Objectives : Role of Helonias in micro vascular complications
Type of study : Case control study
Study population : Urban population of Kozhikode

Title : A study of Homoeopathic Remedy Helonias in micro-vascular complications of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Urban Population of Kozhikode – A case control study.

Only give title as “Usefulness of Homoeopathic Medicine in….” Not as “Efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicine in…” – Efficacy applicable only to RCT

Avoid the use of any abbreviations, acronyms and/or initials to the main body of the dissertation.

The key to writing a good thesis title is to make sure it is not too long, is catchy and holds the reader’s interest

Aim of the study

  • Aim is a broad statement of the general intentions of the research and the desired outcomes.
  • Emphasize what is to be accomplished, not how it is to be accomplished.
  • Address the long-term project outcomes, .i.e. they should reflect the aspirations and expectations of the research topic.

Aims and Objectives are not the same
Objective: means how to achieve aim
May be Primary or Secondary

Main objective: Dehydration management of diarrhoeas

Secondary objective:

  1. To reduce number of stools
  2. To prevent dehydration
  3. To prevent complications
  4. To access intensity by a scale 
  • Primary objectives should be simple, specific, and stated in advance and numbered
  • Sample size should be  calculated for each objective and would have at least one  table in the result section.
  • Do not include  too many objectives that cannot be adequately answered – as per KUHS 3.
  • Secondary objectives may be mentioned, but specific sample size calculation not required.


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Dr Mansoor Ali K R BHMS,MD(Hom)
Associate  Professor- Govt. Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut
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