You want to find a topic that you find interesting, one that will enable you to do well and demonstrate your academic strengths and will also impress a prospective employer with your interests and abilities.
And, of course, you want to avoid a topic that will lead you down a blind alley or paint you into a corner.
Your supervisor is usually assigned to you by the department once you’ve submitted a dissertation proposal.
They may be your personal tutor or another academic whose expertise aligns with the kind of research you want to conduct.
Even though the dissertation is very much an individual project, your supervisor’s advice can be crucial.
If they express reservations about any aspect of your dissertation, be it the sampling and recruitment methods you intend to use or the topic itself, listen to them.
You can also get involved and share your own advice on our Postgraduate Forum.
Choosing a topic for your dissertation is one of the toughest decisions that you will make while at university.
In my experience, Sociology spoke to me because I’m really interested in gender dynamics and I saw my dissertation as the perfect vehicle for exploring that topic further.
Dissertation topics do not appear from thin air, but their inspiration can come from unexpected sources.