University Of Edinburgh Dissertation
Advice and resources to support you throughout your dissertation.
This is a generic resource for dissertations that should be taken as such. You should consult with your course / programme handbook, course webpage, programme director or project supervisor for subject-specific guidance surrounding your dissertation.
Dissertations at Postgraduate level
Dissertations come in many shapes and forms, but there are some factors that are common to all; your dissertation will require a large investment of time and involvement. This in-depth engagement and knowledge with the topic should allow a higher level of analysis and insight to be attained.
Download our sheet suggesting ways to improve your analytical process relating to dissertations:
Whether you are choosing your dissertation from a selection of dissertation topics or you are proposing your own dissertation title, there are many factors to consider.
- How feasible is your project?
- Is there a starting point for your work, i.e. previous or related research?
- Do you have enough time to complete it?
- Do you have enough available resources to work with?
- Do you have something to say about this topic?
- Are you interested in the topic?
These are only suggestions of some of the questions that you may want to think about before deciding on your dissertation topic/title. Perhaps one of the most important reasons for choosing your topic is your interest in it. You may be working on your dissertation for many months, therefore having a genuine interest in the topic may help you maintain momentum and make progress with your work.
Remember a good source of advice concerning dissertation choice would be your Supervisor or Programme Director.
To help you get started thinking about your options, download our Choosing your Dissertation topic worksheet: