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- For whom, and why?
- The Thesis
- Establishing as a researcher
- How to finance your doctorate?
- Work, thesis and private life
- Beyond the doctorate
- The academic career
- Transferable skills
- Swiss institutions
- Equal opportunities
The right subject?
In principle, there is no good or bad subject for a thesis.
However, it is important that the subject fulfils at least two conditions :
- the subject must constitute a realistic and feasible project. In other words, it must be possible to deal with it scientifically ;
- the thesis must represent a contribution to the relevant scientific field.
Preliminary research and the dialogue with the thesis supervisor are crucial stages for defining a subject that fulfils these two conditions.
Choosing a subject that is also of interest to your thesis supervisor offers many advantages as far as supervision is concerned. The existence of a National Research Programme (NRP) in the subject area can also be a bonus in terms of the possibilities of making effective use of the results.
But above all it is essential that the thesis subject really interests - or indeed captivates - its author, who will devote several years of their life to it and for years to come will be identified as a person who works or has worked on this topic.