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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

The general question: Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis No, it's not justifiable to do so, regardless of the circumstances. In some extreme circumstances (e....
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

I don't think that your MS thesis has a "fatal flaw". While I do recognize that being physically possible is nice, it's not necessary. There is the entire field of abstract mathematics and ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

Your assumptions about the cost of telling your advisor about the flaw are very likely wrong. Discovering that a widely used physical model is flawed is a contribution which is definitely strong ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

You are in the clear, provided you have never published anything you knew to be flawed at the time you handed in your final checked page proofs. The grey area here is that MSc and PhD theses do count ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

One option is to focus on the future not the past. Can you do something to make sure no one junior to you is in that position? An ethical test I was taught is to imagine what you did is one day ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

Ethicality - and this includes professional ethicality too - of decisions has to include fair consideration of all important circumstances. You mention two seemingly exigent circumstances: An overly ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

You had a tough choice to make under difficult conditions. To me what you did seems reasonable, I might have acted similarly in your place. You did publish the flaw, just not as soon as you discovered ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

Honestly, this sounds more like a philosophical / personal ethics question than an professional ethics question. The "academic ethics" answers are what you already know: Withholding ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

Just to make the advice formal, you were most likely wrong in not bringing the issue to your advisor when you noticed it. But, given your point 2, that might not have changed anything. On the other ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

You are asking to quite distinct questions: (1) Will the (prestige or reputation of the) institution matter? (2) Will the discipline-area appellation of the degree matter? Ad (1) Yes. Ad (2) Depends ...
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Title for a non-PhD researcher?

Further to @Allure's answer, I've seen "pre-doctoral research associate" and "research trainee".
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Title for a non-PhD researcher?

Research fellow Visiting scholar "Research fellow" would imply a more permanent position. If you will be under someone's supervision, you could also use: Research assistant
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Title for a non-PhD researcher?

Actually, "Researcher" or "Independent Researcher" should be fine. There is no official definition and the terms are merely descriptive. Another possibility is to use a title used ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

You already got some good answers, but I think there is one more important point which is mainly a language issue and which should be mentioned - in particular since your main concern seems to be ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

Does the dicision between those two universities and above all the name of the degree make a impact for a later career in academia? You mention academia and I can hardly comment on that area (I was ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

I know both schools and programs. There are good and not so good points in both. Look carefully at the curricula: which courses interest you more? Look at the professors in the programs, what do they ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

The title, per se, probably makes little difference, but the content certainly does. Beyond the names, note, importantly, that Information System Management and Computer Science are two very different ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

I am handling PhD admissions for Computer Science at my university. My initial reaction to a master in "Information System Management" is to be very, very suspicious. That sounds like the ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

There are always subtle implicit impacts of the words we see, but basically the name and reputation of the university will likely have a much larger impact than the name of the degree program. Also, ...
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My undergraduate research was published but I do not know what my authorship level is. How do I find out?

Congratulations on your success. If you look at the conference proceedings, you will find that a slight majority of the papers have authors listed in alphabetical order. This suggests that some teams ...
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