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