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Could someone please help me find the difference between these two words: Thesis / Dissertation.

Thanks ever so much,

Tutapana [K]
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The two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Both are written discourses on a given subject. Thesis implies that original research is involved. Dissertation implies that you have looked into something and are setting down what you have found and are perhaps including your thoughts on it. Thus a Thesis is what you will write to obtain a higher degree, but a dissertation is more likely to be a small part of a first degree.
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TutapanaCould someone please help me find the difference between these two words: Thesis / Dissertation.

Thanks ever so much,

Tutapana [K]

I believe that in most American institutions of higher learning, one writes a Master's thesis and a Doctoral dissertaion. Can't speak for all, but that's true for the total of five colleges and universities I've attended since 1962.
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Thanks for the information, it sure is of great help.

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I agree, Philip. But in Hong Kong, even B.A. students can write dissertations, it seems.
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Hi,

Another approach is to define these words thus:

A thesis is a proposition, which needs to be maintained or proved, eg

All men are created equal.

AIDS is caused by a virus.

A dissertation is a detailed and comprehensive speech, or written document, about a subject, eg

A survey of the state of human rights in China.

A history of the English-Speaking peoples.

The state of my health since I was a child.

Although these two terms are often associated with higher education, their use is not restricted to academic matters.

Wife to husband: The Smiths are coming to dinner tomorrow. For God's sake, don't go into another of your boring dissertations about your stamp collection.

Detective to second detective: I know he wanted his wife dead. My thesis is that he payed a hit-man to kill her. Now, all we have to do is prove it!

Best wishes, Clive
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It is hard to use the two words right because here in China we call them with the same term Lun Wen.
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Anonymous:
A Thesis is a scholarly written document of a smaller study on a particular topic in consistent with every details of Research Methodology. It's written usually for obtaining a Masters Degree.

A Dissertation is a scholarly document of a larger study on a particular topic in consistent with every details of research Methodology. It's wriiten usually to obtain a Doctoral Degree.
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A Thesis is a scholarly written document of a smaller study on a particular topic in consistent with every details of Research Methodology. It's written usually for obtaining a Masters Degree.

A Dissertation is a scholarly document of a larger study on a particular topic in consistent with every details of research Methodology. It's wriiten usually to obtain a Doctoral Degree.

That's exactly what I was told by friend of mine who obtained both a MA and a PhD in the United States.

However, that's not true in the UK. See, for instance:

"Phd Thesis": http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/c.clack/phd.html

"PhD Dissertation": http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/graduate/postgrad/GSO_Planning_PhD.html

"Master Thesis": http://www.ebi.ac.uk/Rebholz/students.html

"Master Dissertation": http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/philosophy/awaymave/onlineresources/dissertations.htm

(all from official websites of universities in the UK)
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