Saturday, October 20, 2012

Difference between a graduate MRP and a PhD dissertation

From the link:

  • Graduate MRP (Major Research Paper): 10,000 to 15,000 words (40 to 65 pages, double spaced, excluding appendix)
  • PhD dissertation: 80,000 to 100,000 words. 
The one of the highest form of dissertation is PhD dissertation. So it is necessary that it should be properly written without any error. Many students don't even know how to write or start dissertation, on which their degree depends. Master's degree is a professional degree, while PhD degree is usually attains to teach at university level.
Dissertation is submitted at the end of your academic career, at master's and at PhD, and your whole study and observation is dependent on dissertation. Dissertation is also known as thesis, in some universities thesis and dissertation is treated separately. Thesis is one that is submitted at the end of master's degree, while dissertation is submitted at the end of PhD.
There are number of differences between master's and PhD dissertation which are as follows:
  1. Master's dissertation needs enough information and argument of the literature in the particular field of study; while in PhD dissertation the contribution of knowledge is important.
  2. Master's dissertation needs good style and presentation; while PhD dissertation needs good presentation and style.
  3. The amount of material that needs to be produced is also one of the main differences between master's and PhD dissertation.
  4. PhD dissertation takes much longer time to complete while master's dissertation will complete within a year or less.
  5. The standard of writing for master's dissertation is relatively lower than the standards for PhD, and also PhD dissertation is more strictly monitored by the advisory committee.
  6. In master's program you can easily take help in writing a dissertation from your professors, but in PhD program you will have to work much more independently.
  7. Master's dissertation is much shorter in length then PhD dissertation. Master's dissertation varies between 10,000 to 20,000 words or 80 to 100 pages, while PhD dissertation is more than 90,000 to 100,000 words or 300 to 400 pages.
Above are the main differences between master's dissertation and PhD dissertation. Writing a dissertation, whether it is of masters or PhD is not easy. It requires number of years for research and writing a good dissertation.

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