Cant pick dissertation topic

Watch
tfh
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#1
My supervisor has told us that we have a week to decide our topic and I have no idea what I want to do. They told us that we have complete choice in what we want to focus on and because of this I feel like I'm so lost. I've tried asking for help but I can't seem to get in contact with them. How did you decide your dissertation topic?
0
reply
mnot
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#2
Report 4 weeks ago
#2
(Original post by tfh)
My supervisor has told us that we have a week to decide our topic and I have no idea what I want to do. They told us that we have complete choice in what we want to focus on and because of this I feel like I'm so lost. I've tried asking for help but I can't seem to get in contact with them. How did you decide your dissertation topic?
Read some (recent) papers that interest you.

Are their any questions this work doesnt answer, or areas for expansion. Your basically trying to build off in a positive direction.
0
reply
UniofReading
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#3
Report 4 weeks ago
#3
(Original post by tfh)
My supervisor has told us that we have a week to decide our topic and I have no idea what I want to do. They told us that we have complete choice in what we want to focus on and because of this I feel like I'm so lost. I've tried asking for help but I can't seem to get in contact with them. How did you decide your dissertation topic?
Hey tfh,

I've just finished my second year and so I've just had to come up with a diss topic too! The way I personally did it was made a list of things that I was interested in around my degree, like things I had learnt throughout the year and wanted to know more about, or things that I didn't know about but wanted to. The good thing about a diss is that you can go wherever you want with it really - as long as it is related to your degree topic! I then used this list to narrow down my options to things that would be sensible to do a diss on - some of my topics were just too narrow or would have been difficult to find resources on etc. I then chose my favorite thing from there (what I was actually excited to study).

I know it can be a super scary thing to decide, but remember that you can alter your topic as you go along!

I hope this helps!

Daisy
2nd year politics and international relations student
0
reply
PhoenixFortune
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#4
Report 4 weeks ago
#4
(Original post by tfh)
My supervisor has told us that we have a week to decide our topic and I have no idea what I want to do. They told us that we have complete choice in what we want to focus on and because of this I feel like I'm so lost. I've tried asking for help but I can't seem to get in contact with them. How did you decide your dissertation topic?
Maybe pick a broad field of interest, read around and see if there are any more specific areas within that field that catch your eye, and think of a question you'd like to answer.
0
reply
Coventry University Student Ambassadors
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#5
Report 4 weeks ago
#5
(Original post by tfh)
My supervisor has told us that we have a week to decide our topic and I have no idea what I want to do. They told us that we have complete choice in what we want to focus on and because of this I feel like I'm so lost. I've tried asking for help but I can't seem to get in contact with them. How did you decide your dissertation topic?
Hey!

If you want to have an easier time writing your dissertation, I would definitely recommend a topic you are highly interested in or passionate about. It may feel difficult to choose a great topic at first, but I believe you can definitely do it before the week ends! I would recommend you start thinking about all the things you have learnt in your subject thus far, whether that was at uni or you learnt about it elsewhere. There are surely multiple topics you have learnt about which interested you more than others, or topics that spurred questions that you never had the time or opportunity to research and find the answer for. Or maybe, there is a topic you were always wondering about - a dissertation is a great way to explore that topic. If you are still unsure what to choose, try looking through essays you have written before, particularly the ones that received the highest marks and try to go from there.

Hope this helped and good luck!

Tereza
Coventry University
International Relations Student
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Poll: What factors affect your mental health most right now? Post-lockdown edition

Anxiousness about restrictions easing (19)
6.07%
Uncertainty around my education (34)
10.86%
Uncertainty around my future career prospects (36)
11.5%
Lack of purpose or motivation (45)
14.38%
Lack of support system (eg. teachers, counsellors, delays in care) (17)
5.43%
Impact lockdown had on physical health (14)
4.47%
Social worries (incl. loneliness/making friends) (30)
9.58%
Financial worries (22)
7.03%
Concern about myself or my loves ones getting/having been ill (13)
4.15%
Exposure to negative news/social media (19)
6.07%
Difficulty accessing real life entertainment (6)
1.92%
Lack of confidence in making big life decisions (34)
10.86%
Worry about missed opportunities during the pandemic (24)
7.67%

Watched Threads

View All