For PhD programs, do admissions prefer Masters' research (in the case where student focuses more on research / thesis due to less course load) over undergraduate research, in general? Or are they on the same footing? The reason why I am asking is this: a master thesis contains (ideally) original results, while undergraduate research might not.

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    For me, an undergraduate record simply shows whether the student has done well in subjects I care about. A good mark in an undergraduate thesis shows me he/she may do well in research; this very much depends on the supervisor and also the format of the undergraduate thesis as some universities run it as a group work type subject. For Master, then I would look for the quality of the thesis and whether the student has the potential to produce high quality work. If the student demonstrates that he/she can hit the ground running, great! – Prof. Santa Claus Apr 21 at 0:52

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