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Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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How can a masters student arrange to do a thesis in collaboration with industry?

I have started a MS program in Computer Engineering. This is my first year and it is a 2 year program. I want to do a master thesis about Machine Learning (I have an artificial intelligence and ...
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Is a thesis a publication?

If I publish a Master's thesis, does that count as a "publication" (ie protect me from other people publishing my work as their own?) If I think I can get a paper out of my thesis, am I forfeiting ...
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Is use of multiple bibliographies, especially with annotations, in a thesis, accepted?

As I am reviewing sources for my thesis, I am citing my sources in an (APA style) annotated bibliography (as required). However, I am also finding some excellent points from other sources that are ...
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What is a committee looking for in a dissertation proposal?

I've started narrowing down the scope of my dissertation, and I have one year before I need to defend my proposal. I'm curious to know what is expected from a dissertation proposal. What are the key ...
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Are there any particular grants or fellowships in the sciences specifically for non-traditional students?

After obtaining my masters degree, I spent four years doing other things before returning to pursue my PhD. My advisor has a Dept. of Energy grant which has funded me, but the grant will not be able ...
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Can I publish parts of the Ph.D thesis as a paper in a journal?

I recently finished my PhD thesis which will be published as a book soon. Now I'm wondering if it's possible or allowed to submit parts to a journal? Normally the process would be the other way round ...
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PhD thesis layouts from around the world

About to do this PhD thesis here - but am not really satisfied with my layout. Could somebody point me to some interesting layouts, templates or whatever?
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Dismissed by my committee

I attended a doctoral program and was completing it in 3 to 4 years. I got a life-threatening sickness that set me back several years. When nearing my dissertation I was dismissed. I was told that I ...
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Is Lambert Academic Publishing a reputable company?

I was contacted by the Acquisition editor of Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) to publish my bachelor's thesis as a printed book. Is LAP any good? I have no idea about it; I have just heard that it's ...
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Can I use contractions in my thesis?

I am writing my thesis (in Computer Science, if that's relevant) and I am thinking about the style, especially about using contractions. I realize that thesis is a formal text and contractions like “...
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Can one's PhD work be an extension of their Masters research?

I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Literature, and I see potential in further research on the current topic of my dissertation for a PhD in the future. I have been told that an Honours thesis ...
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How much overlap is permitted between a submitted journal article and a thesis?

I'm currently writing a journal article to be published, and the work from this article is basically the entire work of my Master's thesis. Clearly a thesis is usually more involved and fleshed out ...
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In a thesis, which comes first - Abstract or Acknowledgements?

I am writing my masters thesis now. I saw some theses with the acknowledgement chapter after the abstract, in other cases it's the other way around. I think the acknowledgement chapter is not related ...
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Can I use the work in my journal/conference publications as chapters in my dissertation?

At my institution, I am required to publish four papers in addition to my PhD thesis. Of course my planned papers are related to my dissertation project, but I'm not sure if it could be considered ...
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Should writers give credit to reference librarians?

The reference librarians at my school are often very helpful. If I tell them my topic, they will help me find many resources which I might not have otherwise found and generally tend to save me a lot ...
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Who holds intellectual property rights on a thesis?

I thought of an interesting idea for a thesis for my Masters program and I think I would eventually be able to sell a product that is built from the algorithms/code that I develop for this thesis. I ...
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What format should the Methods & Materials section of a thesis be in? [closed]

I am writing my thesis in biology, and am not sure how to format the M&M section of my thesis. One option is like an experiment protocol, with a lot spaces, itemized lists of steps, etc... ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements

I'm at the stage in writing my dissertation where most of the substantive aspects are finished and the only tasks left are more or less administrative. However, one thing that I've been avoiding is ...
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How to reference different sources in a list?

I am writing my master thesis and I am not sure how to reference/cite different sources in a list. I have a small list like: The benefits of an "incredibly interesting topic" are: benefit ...
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Does getting awarded your PhD in physics depend on the quality of university?

Say you wrote a good thesis on some discovery you made in physics. If it was a mediocre discovery, nothing special, are you more likely to get awarded the PhD at a 'not very good' university than at ...
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Physics masters and PhD degrees in England/UK

This question is about academia in the UK/England. I understand that in physics, the PhD thesis one produces must be of their own studies, almost like publishing a paper. If you will, a kind of ...
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How to select a Master's thesis topic if your advisor won't suggest one?

If a master's degree candidate needs to select a thesis topic, but their advisor is unwilling to offer suggestions on the matter, how should one go about selecting a thesis? How might one select an ...
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Who is responsible for detecting plagiarism in a PhD thesis?

Background I am asking this question in the context of the long running plagiarism scandal in Germany.The most prominent victim of the scandal of plagiarized doctoral dissertations by politicians was ...
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How to accredit my Ph.D. in USA

I got my Ph.D. from the Faculty of Computers and Information Technology, Cairo University in 2007. I want to know if it is possible to compensate or to accredit my Ph.D. from USA. If it is possible, I ...
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What are the essential points that should be covered in a dissertation abstract?

I need to prepare a 2-page abstract of my dissertation as part of a funding application. What are the essential points that such an abstract should cover? This opportunity (and my PhD) is in the ...
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What are the most important points to emphasize while pitching for a dissertation to be published as a book?

An editor for a major publishing house is visiting our institute, and some PhD students will get the chance to have a 15 min talk with them and discuss the publication of their dissertation as a book. ...
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How formal should figures in a thesis be?

I am currently writing my masters thesis. I include in it a screenshot of a webpage, in which I want to point at some components and explain what each of them does. What I did so far is that I draw ...
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Should I do a PhD in Sound and Music Computing? [closed]

I have recently applied to two PhD programs (in Europe) under professors working in the area of Sound and Music Computing (SMC). Both programs are very well regarded in this area. SMC covers topics ...
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How to choose the most worthwhile research papers to define my thesis?

I'm a first year PhD student. I'm just reading background papers trying to find a topic for my thesis: my subject is turning around tree different elements (XML (as a tool), complex data, and the ...
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How can I find out which universities allow a sandwich (stapler) PhD thesis?

Following on from What is a "Sandwich thesis"? , is there an easy way to find out which departments at which universities will allow a sandwich thesis (aka a stapler thesis, portfolio thesis,...
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What is a “sandwich thesis”?

On the Internet, I have found that some people have graduated with a PhD by means of a “sandwich thesis”. Could anyone explain what it is?