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    Hey, this is the new academic sticky thread for students doing their dissertations for submission for 2018!

    The thread is open for anyone studying anything who want to simply ask, expand their ideas/topics they wish to address.

    I'll start the discussion:

    I'll start my final year in English Lit and Philosophy (major/minor). My dissertation is based on how apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction explore different manifestations of fear as a reflection of societal anxieties.

    What's your subject and your idea?
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    Just wanted to wish everyone doing a dissertation this year the best of luck. I did mine at the beginning of this year and it really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. You'll be alright, you'll get there and you'll be very proud of yourself when you do .
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    Hey, this is the new academic sticky thread for students doing their dissertations for submission for 2018!

    The thread is open for anyone studying anything who want to simply ask, expand their ideas/topics they wish to address.

    I'll start the discussion:

    I'll start my final year in English Lit and Philosophy (major/minor). My dissertation is based on how apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction explore different manifestations of fear as a reflection of societal anxieties.

    What's your subject and your idea?
    Happy to be joining this discussion! I'm starting my final year of English language, but unlike most universities, we haven't given in any proposals yet so I'm still trying to figure out what I'm most interested in to study next year. The problem is that English language is so broad and I find so much of it really interesting!

    My current idea is to study Internet humour and how context affects it, especially intertextuality (particularly in memes which depend so much on different contexts). However, I'm really interested in philosophy so I would love to find out if there are any current theories in the philosophy of language that I could see myself writing a dissertation about! I also feel like this would be a bit more fulfilling to me, as I can imagine myself face-palming a lot if I was to be basically studying memes for a year. I'm not sure how employers would view that either (although I do fancy going into digital media and communications so it could be alright).

    I'm interested to find out about everybody else's ideas and to get to this thread early before it absolutely explodes!!!

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    Just wanted to wish everyone doing a dissertation this year the best of luck. I did mine at the beginning of this year and it really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. You'll be alright, you'll get there and you'll be very proud of yourself when you do .
    Thank you GoingToBurst!!! I've been worrying about my dissertation since before I even started uni - I want to enjoy it but it seems like so much work. It's good to know it wasn't as bad as you expected!
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    I'm really struggling coming up with a topic for my dissertation. I'm studying Sociology and I had two main thoughts:

    1. Terrorism/hate speech/the media (but I don't know how to link all of that together and narrow it down to find the right direction for it!)

    2. The generational differences in quality of life/living costs, i.e. baby boomers/millenials and the housing crisis/student debt etc. But again, I have no idea if that's doable or not?

    My supervisor is away until the beginning of September but I'm stressing so much over it.
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    (Original post by scrunkie)
    I'm really struggling coming up with a topic for my dissertation. I'm studying Sociology and I had two main thoughts:

    1. Terrorism/hate speech/the media (but I don't know how to link all of that together and narrow it down to find the right direction for it!)

    2. The generational differences in quality of life/living costs, i.e. baby boomers/millenials and the housing crisis/student debt etc. But again, I have no idea if that's doable or not?

    My supervisor is away until the beginning of September but I'm stressing so much over it.
    Both of those ideas sound really interesting and very relevant! Prepare for your supervisor's return by reading up on both of these topics and trying to come up with some specific questions to consider in your dissertation - then you'll be able to ask them for advice on where to take them or which one might be most effective or doable for your whole project.

    There's no need to stress, just do as much research as you can right now and try to narrow down your ideas. You've got two good paths to choose from.
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    (Original post by SHUGURU)
    Happy to be joining this discussion! I'm starting my final year of English language, but unlike most universities, we haven't given in any proposals yet so I'm still trying to figure out what I'm most interested in to study next year. The problem is that English language is so broad and I find so much of it really interesting!

    My current idea is to study Internet humour and how context affects it, especially intertextuality (particularly in memes which depend so much on different contexts). However, I'm really interested in philosophy so I would love to find out if there are any current theories in the philosophy of language that I could see myself writing a dissertation about! I also feel like this would be a bit more fulfilling to me, as I can imagine myself face-palming a lot if I was to be basically studying memes for a year. I'm not sure how employers would view that either (although I do fancy going into digital media and communications so it could be alright).

    I'm interested to find out about everybody else's ideas and to get to this thread early before it absolutely explodes!!!



    Thank you GoingToBurst!!! I've been worrying about my dissertation since before I even started uni - I want to enjoy it but it seems like so much work. It's good to know it wasn't as bad as you expected!
    Yeah, some unis can be very frustrating, especially when students like yourself are so geared up for starting their research!

    Memes would be really interesting, especially as there's a US university that offer a degree in memes so there could be a lot of potential research out there. Your idea around the philosophical one is interesting. I did a Philosophy of Language module during my 2nd year which was really interesting. But if you were going to lean towards this idea, it would be wise to remember you'll be writing a linguistic/language study, not a philosophical one.

    But I do this doing your dissertation on something modern and that is constantly changing and evolving would be a great thing for you to do. Although, I don't think many employers have a discussion on our dissertation, unless it is directly linked to the job.

    But kind of memes would you be looking at? I always use GIFs cause are everything to do with popular culture which is a great thing for your idea.
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    (Original post by scrunkie)
    I'm really struggling coming up with a topic for my dissertation. I'm studying Sociology and I had two main thoughts:

    1. Terrorism/hate speech/the media (but I don't know how to link all of that together and narrow it down to find the right direction for it!)

    2. The generational differences in quality of life/living costs, i.e. baby boomers/millenials and the housing crisis/student debt etc. But again, I have no idea if that's doable or not?

    My supervisor is away until the beginning of September but I'm stressing so much over it.
    I'm not a Sociology major, but I think those ideas can be shorted, or even be separated into a couple more ideas.

    I know each dissertation rule differs from unis, but for my uni in particular (or my dept. rather), we have to phrase our dissertation as a question.

    So if you phrase your ideas into some kind of question, that could narrow your focus down more.

    For the first one you could look at a post-9/11 society where the media glorify terrorism through hate speech. I don't mean glorify, but I mean how they create a frenzy around it.

    It's all about rewording your ideas. That's what I did. I rephrased my project a dozen of times before finalizing/submitting my proposal.
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    I'm starting my final year in Adult Nursing and I am still searching for an interesting topic to do for my literature review dissertation.
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    Going to jump in on this, I'll be doing a MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology, I have a module of a literature review then another module running from March-September of my research project and thesis
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    Yeah, some unis can be very frustrating, especially when students like yourself are so geared up for starting their research!

    Memes would be really interesting, especially as there's a US university that offer a degree in memes so there could be a lot of potential research out there. Your idea around the philosophical one is interesting. I did a Philosophy of Language module during my 2nd year which was really interesting. But if you were going to lean towards this idea, it would be wise to remember you'll be writing a linguistic/language study, not a philosophical one.

    But I do this doing your dissertation on something modern and that is constantly changing and evolving would be a great thing for you to do. Although, I don't think many employers have a discussion on our dissertation, unless it is directly linked to the job.

    But kind of memes would you be looking at? I always use GIFs cause are everything to do with popular culture which is a great thing for your idea.
    Thank you for your opinion!! I'd be really interested to hear about some of the scholars or basic ideas you learnt about while studing the Philosophy of Language?

    I've been thinking about merging my two ideas together, as I believe that studying the meaning of language has a lot of philosophical background, and I really enjoyed studying Language in Use where we learnt about communication problems and different types context (which we use to actually infer and interpret meaning), so I currently have the idea of studying language, context and meaning through modern modes of communication, such as social media, especially online humour and popular memes.

    I'll probably use a mixture of popular memes including pictures with captions, gifs, videos or vines, and general humour like really popular tweets or something. You're right, popular culture is a super important aspect to why we find such stupid and seemingly unrelated things funny! I'm quite looking forward to it now.

    How's it going with developing your ideas? What stage are you at with it at the moment? It sounds really interesting!
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    Hey, this is the new academic sticky thread for students doing their dissertations for submission for 2018!

    The thread is open for anyone studying anything who want to simply ask, expand their ideas/topics they wish to address.

    I'll start the discussion:

    I'll start my final year in English Lit and Philosophy (major/minor). My dissertation is based on how apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction explore different manifestations of fear as a reflection of societal anxieties.

    What's your subject and your idea?
    Not so much a dissertation, but this year I will be writing two research manuscripts for publication as part of my MRes degree in the area of human memory.
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    Hi, I am doing my dissertation in Finance. I haven't chosen any topic yet. However, I am considering Financial markets such forex. Any ideas?
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    (Original post by The Uniqueness)
    I'm starting my final year in Adult Nursing and I am still searching for an interesting topic to do for my literature review dissertation.
    Oh that's interesting! How do nurses even do dissertations? What is a literature review? Do you have to review several articles from a Nurse academic journal or something?

    To help get you started, what did you like most throughout your Adult Nursing degree?
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    (Original post by lilGem)
    Going to jump in on this, I'll be doing a MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology, I have a module of a literature review then another module running from March-September of my research project and thesis
    Wow, a MSc! One of my closet friends just finished her MSc in Human Infection and Disease, so I do not envy you doing something in the medical field!

    Do you already have to come up with an idea or is that something you need to think about during Christmas break?

    PS: what was your Bachelor's degree?
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    I will be doing one too

    This will probably the longest piece of work i will ever produce in my life

    I hope they dont bother to read all of my dissertation and just say what the hell, we'll give him 75%

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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    Wow, a MSc! One of my closet friends just finished her MSc in Human Infection and Disease, so I do not envy you doing something in the medical field!

    Do you already have to come up with an idea or is that something you need to think about during Christmas break?

    PS: what was your Bachelor's degree?
    degree was biological sciences

    I believe we have to do a preference list of supervisors then we find out in November time along with a project
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    (Original post by SHUGURU)
    Thank you for your opinion!! I'd be really interested to hear about some of the scholars or basic ideas you learnt about while studing the Philosophy of Language?

    I've been thinking about merging my two ideas together, as I believe that studying the meaning of language has a lot of philosophical background, and I really enjoyed studying Language in Use where we learnt about communication problems and different types context (which we use to actually infer and interpret meaning), so I currently have the idea of studying language, context and meaning through modern modes of communication, such as social media, especially online humour and popular memes.

    I'll probably use a mixture of popular memes including pictures with captions, gifs, videos or vines, and general humour like really popular tweets or something. You're right, popular culture is a super important aspect to why we find such stupid and seemingly unrelated things funny! I'm quite looking forward to it now.

    How's it going with developing your ideas? What stage are you at with it at the moment? It sounds really interesting!
    Hey - unfortunately philosophy is never basic. Plus this was a 2nd year module. But nevertheless, I'll get it out and give you a general overview of what we covered. Although most of what we learned was question based and we had to argue them in lecture-seminars. But yeah, give me a couple of days!

    Yes the meaning of lang does ring home to philosophy. I was always good at A-level Lang and Phil. To this day, my highest uni score happened to be in Phil of Lang actually.

    Ah really cool! I hope you get to do this topic, it would be great!

    Oh I finished that before I even broke up for uni in May. I've read 4/8 books and starting the 5th but struggling with motivation as uni looms its ugly head in my rear view mirror aha! But I'm just reading primary texts. They expect us to be writing it in about 6 weeks time! :/
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    (Original post by Cubone-r)
    Not so much a dissertation, but this year I will be writing two research manuscripts for publication as part of my MRes degree in the area of human memory.

    What manuscript? In what sense? This intrigues me!
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    (Original post by Adrian234)
    Hi, I am doing my dissertation in Finance. I haven't chosen any topic yet. However, I am considering Financial markets such forex. Any ideas?

    Well first of all, can your uni dept. guarantee this topic? As in, are you aware of any lecturers that specialise in your desired topic? If so, perhaps give them an email to discuss a few ideas. If there are, read some of their work to get an idea of your own interpretation of their work.

    If there isn't be sure to possible have another idea.
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    (Original post by lilGem)
    degree was biological sciences

    I believe we have to do a preference list of supervisors then we find out in November time along with a project
    Oooh, what was your diss on? (Sorry, I'm really nosy and intrusive aha!)

    Oh right, well definitely keep us posted with your progress then!
 
 
 

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