Doctoral advisor

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A doctoral advisor (also dissertation director or dissertation advisor, and known in British English as a doctoral supervisor) is an advanced member of a university faculty whose role is to guide graduate students who are candidates for a doctorate degree, helping them select coursework, as well as shaping, refining and directing the students' choice of sub-discipline in which they will be examined and/or on which they will write a dissertation.[1] Students generally choose advisors based on their areas of interest within their discipline, their desire to work closely with particular graduate faculty, and the willingness and availability of those faculty to work with them.

In some countries, the student’s advisor serves as the chair of his or her doctoral examination and/or dissertation committee(s). In some cases, though, the person who serves those roles may be different from the faculty member who has most closely advised the student. For instance, in the Dutch academic system, only full professors (hoogleraren) may chair doctoral examinations, so students who have been advised by lower-ranked faculty members will have a full professor as their official advisor (or promotor) and their actual advisor as co-promotor.[2] In other countries, like Spain, the Doctoral advisor has the role of a mentor, but is not allowed to form part of the examination committee. This is a body of 5 experts independently selected by the Rectorate among 10 candidates proposed by the University's department.

An academic genealogy may be traced based on student's doctoral advisors, going up and down the lines of academic "descent" in a manner analogous to a traditional genealogy.

Doctoral Thesis Document[edit]

A thesis is a document or text that is supported by arguments and facts. It is submitted for availing the candidature and status of an academic degree or other professional qualification. Thesis is a Greek word which means a proposition, a statement or something put forth. Thesis is developed in support of strong evidence which is based on an assumption initially. After evaluation of all relevant fields related to the research, the assumption is either rejected or approved based on the backing of strong facts and data. The words thesis and dissertation is used interchangeably. Dissertation is a Latin word which means path. Dissertation is normally used for the doctorate degree while thesis is used for bachelors or master’s degree.[3]

Structure and Content of Thesis[edit]

The general structure of the thesis remains the same. But there are certain variations according to the change in the area of study. The internal parts of the thesis on social sciences may differ from the one written on humanities, marketing or finance. The general structure of any thesis consists of the following parts:

1-Title Page


3-Table of contents

4-List of figure and tables

5-Literature Review







This is how the general framework of a thesis is and these are the important sections around which a thesis revolves around and gives insightful information in an organized manner.[4]

1.Title Page[edit]

The title page is the first page of the thesis which includes the title name of the topic, author, and name of the institution and the date of submission.


Abstract defines the brief summary of the research. It sums up the crux of the research within a short paragraph which defines the methods used in a research and its findings. It is concise and readable.

3.Table Of Contents[edit]

Table of contents is the list of all headings and subheading used within the thesis along with their page numbers.

4.List of tables and figures[edit]

It is the list of all the tables and figures used in the research along with their page numbers.

5.Literature Review[edit]

Literature review defines the existing secondary data that is available related to the area of study of the thesis. It reviews and examines the existing academic literature.


Introduction is the beginning of introducing the topic to reader. It starts by defining the background of the topic and then relates it to the dimensions which the researcher needs to incorporate in his study. It sets the tone for the research and the reader.


Methods define the procedure that has been used in the research for gathering the data and then analyzing it. It states the approach that is used interpreting the data and its findings.


This section shows the result of the data that has been collected and the meaningful results that are drawn from it. Some types of thesis also show the graphical representation of the research.


Conclusion defines the ending statement of the research and what has been derived from the entire research. It sums up the research and presents it in a nutshell.


This section gives the opinion of the researcher and about the areas which require further corrections or further research to fill in the gaps.


References give the citation of all the ideas, concepts, and texts from where information has been used. The statements that have been claimed in research should have a reference from a credible source which should be mentioned in the references section.

Thesis Topic[edit]

Thesis topic is the topic that is selected for research. It should not be very broad because then it confuses the research. The inclusion of broad category makes the gathering, sorting and organization of data very complicated. Secondary data offers a stream of new ideas from where a unique dimension of study can be explored which does not have sufficient data available for it and that area needs further exploration. Inspiration for the thesis topic can also be gathered by closely observing the society and environment. The discrepancies within the system give rise to a new research topic.[5]

Thesis Statement[edit]

A thesis statement occurs in the introductory part of the main body from where introduction starts. It is defined in a sentence or two but it captures the whole idea of the research and explains the topic within that concise statement. It helps to set the direction and tone of the research. It gives the readers the main idea of what the study is about. Thesis statement defines the scope and limitation of the study and clearly defines the intent of the researcher. It states the claim that is being augmented in the research.[6]

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