This sets out your research field but does not frame a research problem because it is too general.
You do not have time to study everything about a topic, so you should focus on an aspect that you are interested in.
A research proposal is a more detailed description of the project you are going to undertake.
Some departments require you to submit a research proposal as part of the assessment of your dissertation, but it is worth preparing one even if it is not a formal requirement of your course.
Provided they feel that they know enough about the subject to supervise it, and provided that it can be interpreted as falling within the broad fields of your degree subject, academic staff are generally open to suggestions.
You should think realistically about the practical implications of your choice, in terms of: For example, a project on coal mining in the North East of England may require you to visit Newcastle’s Record Office, or to interview coal miners from the region.
It is useful to work out how many weeks you have until you need to submit your completed dissertation, and draw a chart showing these weeks.
Block out the weeks when you know you will be unable to work, and mark in other main commitments you have that will take time during this period.
You may, for example, discover that the data you were hoping to analyse is not available, or you may encounter a new piece of information or a new concept while undertaking a literature search, that makes you rethink the basis of your research problem.
You should always talk to your supervisor before you make any substantial revision to your plans, and explain why you think you need to make the change.