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.
It’s their job to use their skills and experience to help you, not to make your life more difficult.
For further information, see our guide for researching and writing postgraduate dissertations or search the different dissertation requirements for individual Masters programmes in the Find AMasters database.
If you’ve ever conducted your own research or have written a dissertation before, perhaps during your undergraduate degree, then you’ll know that your work is an indication of your aptitude in certain skills relevant to your course and career path.
Obviously, postgraduate dissertations are another level up and you’re expected to think, research and write like the academics you cite in your work.
But as a faculty member, your personal tutor will have experience and knowledge of your academic discipline which you can make use of during the early stages of choosing a dissertation topic.
They may be able to recall past examples of similar work in your area of interest or suggest key readings and resources which could help narrow down your scope.
Your doctoral degree program culminates in a dissertation if you’re working toward an academic doctorate, or a doctoral study if you’re going for a professional doctorate degree.
Both approaches are designed to bring new information to light through real-world research that addresses an actual problem in your field of interest.