Title for a postgraduate thesis do matters as for ALL readers this is the first opportunity to know what the thesis all about. With just a few words, the title has to highlight the purpose of the study, which can often include content, outcomes and the important aspect of the strategy adopted to achieve the objectives. A poorly constructed title can mislead the reader into thinking the study is about something it is not, confusing them from the very start.
The thesis title must be descriptive and explanatory, and not general. Each word in the thesis title should carries meaning and purpose. This means that every word in the title should be elaborated in the thesis, thus it must be consistent. Therefore it is important to ensure that the title and thesis has a symbiotic relationship.
The technique of writing a good thesis title mainly focuses on how the components of the titles can be communicated to the reader. The components can be a single word or at most can be 2-3 words that convey something meaningful about the research. The components can be about the main theory or theories that have been adopted, the chosen methodology, research design, population studied, location, variables etc. Obviously, for the title at most only two or three components need to be spelt out in the title.
The title of the thesis must attract the reader. Therefore I always recommends that the title should have the component element highlighted. To most reader the outcome of the thesis is very important as it is the links to ‘real world’ application’ of the research.
The thesis title obviously is not really fixed until you actually in the phase of writing the thesis (no more experiments and new results that may change your findings). Keep on questioning and examining your findings to ensure that you are able to highlight the right components of the thesis.
Lastly do ensure that the thesis title do not have any grammatical mistakes and words used are correct for the area of research. Avoid acronyms, abbreviations etc. unless those are very common for the area. Use styles that have been adopted at the institutions and stick to the same style throughout your thesis.