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 to refer results from my project thesis for my master thesis?

I am continuing the topic from my project thesis as my master thesis with more additional work. I have to refer/cite to some of my own results from the Project thesis in my master thesis document. Is ...
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How can I do my master thesis if I don't have an proposal and don't I like this research area?

My advisor invited me to do my master's thesis in his research area (of course I was happy about the invitation, but today I wish I had the discernment to choose an area based on my tastes). From the ...
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SHA-256 research paper and referencing FIPS

I've posted this first one the Cryptography SE but was advised to move it here due to the very nature of the question. Anyway, for my college thesis I've decided to do a full stack project on SHA-256. ...
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How to manage end stage of thesis

I have a few months to go in my MASc program in Aerospace Engineering. I'm not tight for time or anything, but I'm curious if anyone has tips on how to manage results. My research is highly algorithm-...
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Transfer to different CDT within same University [closed]

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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How much should I share my thesis dissertation with advisers while writing? [closed]

As I begin writing up my work in earnest during my final year of a PhD in computer science, I'm wondering about how much and how often to share my work-in-progress thesis dissertation with my ...
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PhD project that I cannot do on my own - what happens then?

I am considering applying for a PhD in Design and my idea for a Phd project is creating an innovative app. What concerns me is that I do not know how to develop apps, I am not a developer but a UX/UI ...
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In my thesis, do all sources I've cited need to be mentioned in the Literature Review?

I'm writing a Masters Thesis and am just not sure if every source I've cited in my thesis, I need to disuss in the Literature Review?
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As an inexperienced thesis supervisor, how can you guarantee fair grading?

Being a PhD student, I just finished supervising my first masters thesis. Now I have to assess and grade it. While I have a grading template provided by the university (listing the different aspects ...
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A search tools include possible other PhDs already on going or just starting topic? [closed]

There are many literature search tools. However, are there any tools that can include possible other PhD's ongoing or just starting topics? The main purpose is to see who is doing this topic to avoid ...
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What if I don't want to do a PhD but my professor says I have to else he will not let me graduate. What should I do? [closed]

I just want to do a master's and that's it, I don't want to do any more schooling, tertiary education is awfully tiring because you have to work and study at the same time. I know this seems like a ...
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What does "covering your variables" mean as a thesis defense question?

I'm looking into lists of questions that I might encounter in my MSc thesis defense. One such list is Tamer Suggested: Top 60 Questions Frequently Asked During Thesis Defence. Some of the questions in ...
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Can I share the review of my Phd thesis with my external reviewers?

I have submitted my Ph.D thesis for review. My main supervisor already finished her task and sent me back the review with the grade. The three external reviewers just got their copy from the faculty ...
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Correcting possible self-plagiarism years after

A few years ago I wrote and received high honors for an undergraduate thesis. A large section of the thesis, one third by page count, consists of a paper P I had written a year prior for a different ...
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What is the faculty member who I presented my undergraduate dissertation to called?

Currently, I am falling short on recommenders for my PhD applications in the United States. I don't want to ask the professors with whom I only took a few classes as I know those letters could be weak....
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Recycling published papers in thesis [closed]

So, I'm close to the final stretch of my PhD. I have two published works and one work in progress. I've been told that I can't recycle (or I guess, simply copy/paste) the work that I've done in each ...
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How to deal with a PhD supervisor that acts like a company manager?

For the background: I am a Ph.D. student (UK) in a computational field (my job can be done anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection, no experimental work involved). I started around ...
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Copyright permissions vs fair use to include an image from Amazon

Hopefully, this isn't too off-topic or repetitive. I'm writing my dissertation, and I am finishing up the last chapter discussing some of the experiments I did. In that chapter, I discuss a pump I ...
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Should I abandon my PhD topic after a year?

After the first year and pretty much at the cusp of submitting my research proposal, I feel that my PhD topic and supervisor is far too technical. I had completed a masters that was closer to ...
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Discussing the technical errors with referencing to unofficial experience

I would like to present and discuss the technical issues of used software, which crippled/damaged some of my final data during the data processing (Still I have a sufficient amount of data for the ...
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How can I communicate with my advisor over repeated revision of my undergraduate thesis?

I am an undergraduate student writing a thesis. I am stuck in a cycle of revisions and would like to be able to complete my thesis and move on to other things. I have both an advisor and co-advisor. ...
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How to cite my advisor on my own thesis?

There is one section inside a chapter of my thesis that ended up written by my advisor. As it stands right now, I think it should have quotation marks, and then to add the reference from where it's ...
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Are there universities where one can submit a PhD thesis without having to attend a doctoral programme? [closed]

My situation is as follows. I used to be enrolled at a British university in a social sciences PhD programme. This was a decade ago. For various personal and professional reasons, I did not manage to ...
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Citing photographs shared through social media in thesis

I have included two photographs related to my research in my thesis. The photographs were shared with me by my connections on Facebook as private messages. How can I state the source of the ...
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Under which criteria should I accept a MSc thesis? [closed]

I am looking for MSc thesis offers, and under which criteria should I accept a position or not? About me: my field of study is Machine Learning for Robotics applications related to space. I am also ...
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Can the introduction to a thesis be autobiographical?

I'm writing the introduction to my Ph.D. thesis in theoretical physics. It is fairly interdisciplinary sandwich thesis. I have already written a Background section were I write some of the necessary ...
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How to organize the thesis chapter on literature review when there are only a few past works on the topic?

I have to include an individual chapter on literature review in PhD thesis. While going through the theses of seniors in the library, I found that typically the chapter is 30-40 pages long and covers ...
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How to communicate to my supervisor that I might not be ready for PhD completion yet?

I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in Computer Science. My advisor thinks that I have made a good progress during my Ph.D. and I should give my Ph.D. synopsis presentation. In the Ph.D. synopsis ...
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Can I get a PhD if I'm more interested in practical implementation aspects? [closed]

Let's say, as an example, that I started a PhD in a lab which works with artificial intelligence, and I'm in a position to work with neural networks. If I'm more interested on implementing neural ...
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How do I justify an objective in a proposal when its study is contingent on me proving another objective? [closed]

My synopsis contains a consequent objective (Objective 2) that can only be studied or examined if I satisfy/prove the hypothesis I present in (say) Objective 1. How do I justify this? I am under the ...
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Professor didnt respond for months and master thesis failed

I am writing this message here for my friend who is... having some of the most stressful months of his life as I can see. The story from the beginning, my friend is studying in a university in germany ...
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Concerning publication my master's thesis

Recently my paper was accepted for a conference and I presented the paper without any problem. At the final stages the publication committee is raising concerns my paper has significant plagiarism. ...
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If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, is there any possibility of resorting to a new assessment in the scientific community?

The question is a complement for other post not completely answered yet (Plagiarism, intimidation and misuse of doctoral theses results in Brazil): If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, ...
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Plagiarism, intimidation and misuse of doctoral theses results in Brazil

After completing my phd, my advisor changed his behavior with me, starting to keep a certain distance, avoiding conversations like the ones we had throughout the phd. About 6 months later, he ...
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Research Masters

If somebody isn't up for the rigours of coursework in their discipline, can they pursue a Masters degree just for creative research contributions? I am on these antipsychotics that affect my focus and ...
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Awaiting AE recommendation before "acceptance or rejection"

Is it ok to ask the journal about the status of my manuscript or it will affect their decision about it?
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Permissions of an adapted figure for a thesis

I am looking to use a figure for my thesis. The figure itself is however (heavily) adapted from another paper. I am fine with reaching out to get permissions from both authors, but I am unsure if I ...
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What is a Good Alternative to the Word "Novel" in Engineering Publications?

When writing papers for engineering conferences and journals, it is important to highlight how one's work is novel/new. I often find myself repeating the word "novel" is sentences such as: ...
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Citing a not yet finished thesis

We would like to cite a not yet finished masters thesis in a project proposal, because the topic of the thesis is completely on point with the call. It shows that we are already actively working on ...
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My advisor is not letting me graduate my masters and join Ph.D in a new lab

It has been almost 3.5 years since the start of my Master's, and I want to graduate this December. My advisor wants me to stay and work with him for some more time. I don't want that. When I asked for ...
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In PhD programs, what type of work are PhD students doing after the coursework?

Suppose some has done coursework in Algebra and Analysis. After that they want to pursue a PhD in commutative algebra or in Ring theory or any pure mathematics topics. My question : In PhD programs, ...
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Surviving the contribution requirements

How can one write a thesis in Computer Science, without actually providing the solution, but researching it and explaining how it's being solved right now but not for the specific problem (research ...
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How to move from a physics background to a career in biology research

I have a bachelor's degree in physics and I am finishing my master's degree in applied physics, in the field of biophysics. So, in particular, I study methods typical of physics to investigate ...
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How likely is it that an PhD examiner will find something I've missed? And if they do, how much of a problem is it?

I'm coming up to the end of my PhD. My work is industry funded, so although I've presented my work, and written technical reports and patents*, I'm probably not as experienced in 'scientific writing' ...
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Theses are exercises, rather than "full work"?

Theses are exercises, rather than "full work"? Does this view hold? It's a bit vague sometimes, because a thesis is supposed to practice "real work", but since a thesis is often an ...
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How do I deal with an extremely difficult master thesis with poor basics? [closed]

I am a master physics student in a German univerisity. I started with my master thesis topic in May 2019 and at that time I had wrong evaluation about the pre-requisite and difficulty of the topic I ...
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How to write separate subsections for approach and contribution in a research proposal?

I am writing my proposal (that is, the qualifying exam/proposal defence right before the final thesis defence) and my advisor suggested in my outline for the 1st chapter(Introduction) the following ...
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How to finish a thesis where none of the experiments worked out?

I am writing my Master Thesis in Computer Science and am quite desperate. I have been experimenting with a new set of mathematical tools my advisor has done research on. In the last three month, the ...
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I noticed my thesis model is valid only for a specific case, and I've already submitted my thesis, what should I do? [closed]

I accidentally used settings that are not so common (for example, putting a real model of a system in space), and did the whole analysis on that setting. The analysis itself is correct on that model, ...
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Combining two problems/topics in a thesis title

Recently, my PhD supervisor suggested that I should start finishing my PhD. There are several necessary organizational steps, but the most important part is likely that I should summarize the ...
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