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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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Getting paid for work and research overlap in masters thesis collaboration

I'm a master student in Computer Science and currently writing my master's thesis in collaboration with a company. In our original agreement regarding compensation, the organisation and I agreed that ...
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Stuck completing master's thesis

I started to my master thesis in a company in March, it's a new design project about the product they produce. First month was just spent on the getting all the information, technical drawings and ...
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What should I write under the heading “Significance of Findings” in my dissertation?

I've been writing my dissertation regarding a Rubik's Cube Solver I have developed. I have performed various tests regarding each solving methods' performance and I have created several graphs and ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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In the related work section of a dissertation, can I use images and source code from other articles, with attribution?

I'm brushing up the related work section of my master's dissertation, and it would be very useful to include some diagrams and code snippets from other articles on that section (and that section alone)...
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How to cite JavaDoc?

Writing a technical Master's degree thesis in the IT field, I need to cite sentences that are in the JavaDoc, where are no author and no year. Ex. From: java.util.Queue The Queue interface does not ...
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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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How do I use examples from someone else's book in my thesis (APA style 7th edition)?

I am writing my first Linguistic thesis and am struggling with a question I can't find an answer to. Since it is a Linguistic paper I need some word and abbreviation examples, which are provided by ...
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Keeping the same supervisor/thesis topic upon transferring to MSc

I am currently a second year PhD student going on to a third year. I have made the decision to transfer my candidature to masters instead. I would like to ask the following: Do people usually switch ...
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What is the best way to approach a professor for “formal” guidance/advisorship when they have no proficiency in the topic?

My situation is as follows: I have studied and completed a maths degree from a very prestigious and competitive university. I have then worked a few years as a mathematician and have then decided to ...
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Impact of Masters thesis on PhD application

I am a final year masters student and I will be defending in Fall 2020. I will be applying for PhD in Fall 2021. At the start of my Masters thesis, me and my PI had a specific goal in mind (lets call ...
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Can I add code in the supplementary material of my thesis which builds up on an existing library?

I've written a thesis in the context of global illumination. The explorations are purely theoretical, but I've implemented the basic building blocks of the described approach and would like to add ...
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Is it okay to mention what a different chair is working on?

I'm a university student and am looking for a master's thesis topic. I also have a job at a company and this company is cooperating with a chair / staff of a chair (i.e. people working for a teaching ...
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What should I do if I have been away from writing a dissertation for some time?

The subject of my research is very broad and has many aspects. I have measured the aspects many times before and thought about related topics. But I've been away from doing research for a while, I've ...
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Waiting for thesis corrections from supervisor, how should I write an email reminding him?

I sent part of my thesis to my supervisor a month ago. He replied that he would contact me as soon as he finished the correction. I'm afraid he forgot that. Would you have an example of a formal ...
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Will an error in one of my publication affect the outcome of my PhD defense?

I'm a PhD student in physics in a European country. I'm about to have my PhD defence in about 6 weeks. I have 3 published papers and one manuscript ready for submission. My thesis is also finished (...
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Dealing with uncertainty in a PhD

The background I am currently pursuing a PhD in the field of physics. From the number perspective (number of publications) everything is going fine since I have a couple. However, I find it extremely ...
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Write my Literature Review

I started my dissertation and I want some advices in how to start the literature review. I know that it should be systematic and not a simple summary of each book or article. But my doubts relate to ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the most appropriate structure for introduction/background/related work when there is a 'gap' between them?

My MSc thesis is a multidisciplinary secondary data analysis project (data science-related) and its aim is to answer a specific question on the specific secondary data. However, I struggle with the ...
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PhD length in Canada

I was wondering how long does it usually take to finish a PhD in Canada? (social sciences/studying full time).
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Applied Mathematics Master's Thesis Practicality

First a little background on me. I am a first semester masters student in applied mathematics who is on the wait list for a decision on admission to the PhD program. I have reached out to a specific ...
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Copyright Complications - Cumulative Dissertation & Elsevier

I am bit puzzled over the copyright issued involved in the publication of a cumulative dissertation. Lets imagine you publish a paper in an Elsevier journal. The process of publication usually ...
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Submitting a thesis without being a student

In what academic cultures is it possible to submit a doctoral thesis without being enrolled into a doctoral program?
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struggling with the discussion chapter of PhD thesis (by publication)

Thank you very much for your insightful suggestions earlier and I am back with another question and would love to hear your thoughts about this. My PhD thesis consists of three stand-alone papers (aka ...