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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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My former PhD supervisor has published conclusions from my thesis without citing my thesis. Is this ok?

My former PhD supervisor has just published a paper on a scientific subject investigated by me in my thesis. The subject (or question posed), was an idea that I came up solely during my PhD and which ...
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How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the UK, particularly for weak or borderline students?

Related: How does the admissions process work for PhD. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? When applying to a PhD program in UK (where GRE is not accepted), how does the ...
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Is this the expected behavior of an advisor in a master's thesis in Physics?

I'm a graduate student working on a master's thesis to get a master's degree and I'm quite in doubt if the behavior of my advisor is the expected one. He proposed a work on the dynamics of extended ...
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Master's student without internship or publications in final semester; how to accomplish something worth putting on my resume?

I am a 3rd-year Masters CSE student. Since I am a 3rd-year student, my advisor has asked me to work on my thesis since 1st year. I picked a problem and worked very hard for around 1.5 years only to ...
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Long-distance collaboration as Master student

I am about to start a Master's degree in Computational Biology. My future goal is to do a Ph.D. in Europe in the field of Computational Biomedicine. I have already completed the first year of another ...
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How many levels of sub-citations are appropriate?

I'm writing my Thesis and I found a brilliant book that helps me write it in a coherent manner. Consider this: The author, Smith, talks about Approach XYZ and writes: XYZ is about ..., first used ...
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How much of a master's program would a Ph.D. admissions committee consider?

I will be starting a master's degree in applied mathematics in the U.S. this fall and am considering entering a Ph.D. program after this. The master's program lasts two years; I'd want to begin the Ph....
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Should I write a monograph for myself?

My dissertation is going to be a thesis by publication. I am going to publish a couple of papers and put those into one document with a couple of leading words (another 20 pages or so) and this is ...
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Is it normal that my supervisor told me to submit my thesis without any correction from him(he took only one day to look to the thesis)?

I send my Ph.D. thesis to my supervisor, he replied on me after only one day(my thesis is 130 pages)told me that your thesis is OK and you can submit.He did not do any correction or comments!! does ...
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Origin of public defense of thesis

An article on Martin Luther's "Ninety-Five Theses" indicates that he posted the document on the church door according to "university custom". The reference included indicates various books. I recall ...
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What is the difference between a 'materials and methods' section and an 'experimental procedure' section?

What is the difference between 'material and methods' section and 'experimental procedure' section in a scientific article or report or assignment? Does they differ at all? Elaboration : If I'm ...
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Dr. rer. med Title

The doctorate title "Dr. rer. med" is awarded to non-medical postgraduate researchers from University Hospitals. Is it equivalent to a PhD, or Dr. Eng. etc.? Is it recognisable in other countries ...
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Writing a thesis: how to organize the content?

I have to start writing a thesis for my master's degree. The thesis itself is about machine learning. In particular, I developed an environment that simulate a real world robotic system and applied ...
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Where'd this layout come from?

In the past, I experimented a lot with the layout of my thesis. Until I managed to find a PDF of a standard book layout of some publisher, which attracted me so much that I copied it for my thesis. ...
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PhD interview question: BSc dissertation/'thesis'

My BSc dissertation was basically a literature review of Sean Carroll lecture notes on general relativity. I got a first in this, and was offered PhD interviews with the supervisors being aware of ...
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Resources for writing a good master's proposal?

I would like to write and submit a master's thesis proposal next year and do not know where to start. Does there exist a template or a step-by-step guide to help me get started? For instance: ...
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When sending a CV for MSc thesis, should I omit any evidence that I am not going to end up doing a PhD?

Before long, the research interests of the faculty members at the university I am at will be expressed to us with regards to MSc dissertation ideas. (I am in the computer science department at a ...
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Writing a Technical Paper /research paper about an assistive (technology) software project

I'm an undergraduate student of Computer Science. I have been working on a software project all summer, and is successfully completed now. The project is an assistive technology , a unique piece of ...
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Is it possible to transfer schools in the middle of a Master's program?

I entered my university a year ago. I am enrolled in the master's thesis program. I wanted to do a thesis , but none of the faculty in my department who do fluid dynamics have an opening for a new ...
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A question about thesis supervisor responsibility

I have heard many people in academics state that a thesis is a students own project and that only the student is responsible for its quality and completion. Unfortunatelythis does not agree with my ...
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What should I do if my thesis advisor keeps insisting on making changes that are scientifically inaccurate?

My thesis advisor keeps proposing changes that are inaccurate (e.g change a scientific definition) or simply wrong. I have already gone through over 70 papers in order to find evidence and information ...
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Suggesting future work in technical report

I’m writing a report for my bachelor’s degree and have come to the last section where I am supposed to suggest future work. As I have learned, while writing the conclusion-section just before the ...
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How important is an Honors Thesis for MSW programs?

I plan on applying to grad school for social work, but wasn't sure about the general expectations for prospective MSW students. It seems like overall, I would be considered more competitive with an ...
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PhD funding with a Pass at Masters?

So, I just finished my Masters at a top University in the UK but I was awarded a Pass. I recently met up with a potential supervisor at another top institution about my proposed topic - and she really ...
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Writing a critical appraisal

My dissertation is cumulative, meaning that it basically consists of the following three sections: Introduction, Chapters, and Conclusions. The introduction gives an extended literature overview and ...
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A Statement in a Thesis Proposal

In a paper an author developed a weight function. I am doing M.S Thesis and trying to incorporate the weight function in another function. In my thesis proposal if I mention We will incorporate ...
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Public archives for PhD thesis

I am aware that PhD theses can be self archived in university site, personal webpage or sites like researchgate (ePrint Archive for PhD Dissertation in the Social Sciences). I am not really fond of ...
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A methods chapter for a PhD thesis comprising multiple closely tied studies?

You'll notice I have refrained from using "Phd by publication" here, but I think my question might well apply to a PhD by publication, and am happy for my PhD to reside under this category. Basically ...
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How do I properly cite my own course project in my master's thesis?

I am writing up my MSc thesis right now, and I am including some material that I developed as part of one of my course projects (done during the MSc as well). How do I cite that? It technically wasn'...
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Doing a thesis as an RA/ Lab Coordinator? (Cognitive Neuroscience)

I'm in a neuro masters program where you can do your thesis at any lab (in the world), as long as you can demonstrate that it is related to biological neuroscience. I was in a lab for a year and due ...
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How to format the name of an R package in thesis?

In a thesis, when referring to an R package (a statistical software), how should I write it? Should it be italicized/treated like a title? Or just like any other word. The package name is not a "...
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Trying to find out whether my advisor is ignoring me

So the story is something like this: Week-1: My advisor meets me. We have a chat. Then he explains me about his time management style. I said okay. Week-2: No email replies to anything. Week-3: I ...
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Attribution of diagrams made with Creative Commons software

If I want to use diagrams I created using GeoGebra in a dissertation or paper, how do I properly credit/give attribution? The terms of service say: We grant you permission to use the Website ...
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How to get back to STEM phD thesis after a long break?

If one had to interrupt writing the phD-thesis (for various reasons, that don't belong here): What is a good strategy to get back and finish the thesis? The writing would take place while working on ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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MS Thesis in a Non-Thesis Program

I'm in a joint BS/MS bioinformatics program. In a few months, I'll graduate with my BS and finish my undergraduate thesis. After that, I'll have 12 more months as a non-thesis MS student. My program ...
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Are thesis perfect? readers opinions on honest mistakes? (whatever degree)

I used to have a big concern for a little statistical mistake in my thesis (which wont be published), and now I have overcome that fear. During that time of fear, my parents told me that all the ...
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Does examiner's own PhD outcome influence decision?

PhD examination outcomes, depending on country/university, may include unconditional pass, pass subject to minor or major corrections, and resubmission among others. Is there any evidence or ...
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acknowledgement part of thesis

I am going to prepare the draft my Ph.D thesis and plan to submit it to my PhD advisor. Should I write the acknowledgement part in the first draft, or it must be written in the final draft?