How to write my research objectives

Objectives must always be set after having formulated a good research question. After all, they are to explain the way in which such question is going to be answered. Objectives are usually headed by infinitive verbs such as:

  • To identify
  • To establish
  • To describe
  • To determine
  • To estimate
  • To develop
  • To compare
  • To analyse
  • To collect

Returning to the example given in the previous post about Unemployment in European Union and considering the two research questions posed: (1) What has been the unemployment rate in European Union over the last decade? and (2) Why have northern European countries registered a lower unemployment rate than southern countries?; the objectives could be as follow:

1º To compare the unemployment rate among all European countries.

2º To analyse the unemployment rate evolution from 2002 to 2012.

3º To identify the factors associated with high unemployment rates.

4º To develop an explanatory theory that associates unemployment rate with other indicators such as Growth Domestic Product (GDP).



Camino, J. R. (2011). Cómo escribir y publicar una tesis doctoral. ESIC Editorial.

Saunders, Mark NK, et al. Research methods for business students , 5/e. Pearson Education India, 2011. Pearson.


88 thoughts on “How to write my research objectives”

  1. given a topic ” critically discuss the concept of development and use illustrative examples to illuminate the meaning of this concept’ can you please give me an intro for this topic please.


    does diversity in products being sold by the restaurants compliment each other and can they function as well as individual establishment?


  3. I am doing a research proposal and my topic is problems faced by disabled children living at St. Angela Cheshire home at Ha Pita, please show me how to write research questions


  4. am doing a proposal and my topic is access to electricity and poverty among Ugandans show me how to write an abstract, research objectives, background, research proposal, statement of the problem, significance of the study, literature review


  5. Please help me with “the effect of advertising on consumer’s choice of product a case study of oral b toothpaste


  6. Am doing a research proposal and my topic is Uderstanding the Importance of Public Relations in Approaching Crisis in an Organisation. i need a research methodology


  7. Pls my topic z painting and photography as a complementary form of visual art. How can i start wit d background, significance, scope,objective, nd d research problems. Ill b so grateful if i get an answer


  8. please help me
    what i going to do my topic is “history of polillo island’ howv to write in objectives of study in practical research…


  9. Dear “Anonymous”, you must first do a review of literature, i.e. search which other studies exist on this topic. Then you should state your research question, ie. what do you want to know that is unknown in the current literature? Perhaps you realize that there are little studies on the history of “polillo island” during middle age or contemporary era or perhaps there is nothing about the history focus on the island economy. Then, once you have your research question, you can write properly your objectives. As said in this article, you basically need to state what do you need to answer you research question. You may state a general objective first and then specific objectives.
    Please, try to write an e-mail, thus I can send you in private my comments. I am afraid many of you, especially Anonymous, don´t get informed when I respond.
    Best regards and good luck


  10. my topic is the effects of desertification of land in rural areas. pls i want you to give me a guideline as to how to write my research problem statement and an objective for my topic.


  11. please what will be my objectives on this topic ,challenges encountered by breast feeding mothers in there practice of exclusive breast feeding


  12. I’m doing a research on sustainable development through emphasizing of whale watching as ecotourism activity in Tonga but I still can’t formulate my research objective base on my research question.”How to emphasize sustainable development through whale watching activity? Any idea


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  14. my topic is Assessing the contribution of an audit commitee in financial performance of an entity. help me to find specific objectives


  15. I’m writing a research on why low uptake of Implants as a method of family planning among women of reproductive age, please help in formulating the objectives and question


  16. I’m writing a reserch on ecotourism on how it helps to conserve biodiversity, please help in fomulating the objectives and question.


  17. Investigating into the awareness of NDT on weldments in fabrication shops.
    please help me with objectives


  18. i am working on the topic DRUG ABUSE AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR: EMERGING TRENDS IN DRUG ABUSE AMONG THE YOUTHS IN GHANA. how should my general objective be?


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