There are similarities and differences to each task, in some ways writing a masters thesis can feel like running a m race — the course is usually very quick and there is not as much time for thinking as you may perhaps want! By comparison, writing a PhD thesis can feels like running a marathon, working on the same topic for years is laborious and can be quite exhausting!
Including Published Material in a Thesis or Dissertation This document describes UBC's structural and formatting requirements for both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.
Failure to comply with all thesis specifications and formatting requirements may delay your graduation. Unless the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has given consent in advance, theses that do not comply with these specifications will not be approved.
Elements in a thesis must appear in the following order: Title page required 2. Committee Page Required Effective May 1all theses and dissertations must include a page that lists the supervisory committee, and if applicable, the examining committee. Please include this page in the copy for the External Examiner, with your supervisory committee entered.
If you know which members of the committee will be on the Examining Committee you can include them there; otherwise, they can go under Additional Supervisory Committee Members.
Please remember to update the page before final post-defence submission. Abstract required - maximum words The abstract is a concise and accurate summary of the scholarly work described in the document.
It states the problem, the methods of investigation, and the general conclusions, and should not contain tables, graphs, complex equations, or illustrations. There is a single scholarly abstract for the entire work, and it must not exceed words in length. Lay Summary required - maximum words Effective Mayall theses and dissertations must include a lay summary.
It must not exceed words in length. Preface required The Preface must include a statement indicating the student's contribution to the following: Identification and design of the research program, Performance of the various parts of the research, and Analysis of the research data.
Certain additional elements may also be required, as specified below. If any of the work presented in the thesis has led to any publications or submissions, all of these must be listed in the Preface.
Bibliographic details should include the title of the article and the name of the publisher ONLY if the article has been accepted or publishedand the chapter s of the thesis in which the associated work is located.
If the work includes publications or material submitted for publication, the statement described above must detail the relative contributions of all collaborators and co-authors including supervisors and members of the supervisory committee and state the proportion of research and writing conducted by the student.
If the work includes other scholarly artifacts such as film and other audio, visual, and graphic representations, and application-oriented documents such as policy briefs, curricula, business plans, computer and web tools, pages, and applications, etc.
If ethics approval was required for the research, the Preface must list the Certificate Number s of the Ethics Certificate s applicable to the project. In a thesis where the research was not subject to ethics review, produced no publications, and was designed, carried out, and analyzed by the student alone, the text of the Preface may be very brief.
Samples are available on this website and in the University Library's online repository of accepted theses. Acknowledgements, introductory material, and a list of publications do not belong in the Preface.
Please put them respectively in the Acknowledgements section, the first section of the thesis, and the appendices. Please pay attention to the difference between the following: It means "I wrote Chapter 1". Please look this up in order to ensure that your preface is grammatically correct. Table of contents required 7.
List of tables required if document has tables 8. List of figures required if document has figures 9. List of illustrations required if document has illustrations If you remove copyrighted tables, figures, or illustrations from your thesis you must insert the following at the spot where the table, figure, or illustration previously appeared: A statement that the material has been removed because of copyright restrictions A description of the material and the information it contained, plus a link to an online source if one is available A full citation of the original source of the material See the UBC Library Copyright Educational Resources: Lists of symbols, abbreviations or other advisable if applicable It clarifies the structure of your thesis and helps you find the correct focus for your work.
The outline can also be used in supervision sessions, especially in the beginning.
You might find that you need to restructure your thesis. The dissertation is the final stage of the Masters degree and provides you with the opportunity to show that you have gained the necessary skills and knowledge in order to organise and conduct a .
Chapter 1: Board Meeting. Two people are in two offices, a hundred miles apart. By coincidence they are both looking at the same page of the same magazine. How To Structure Your Thesis/Dissertation Writing a thesis is a unique experience and there is no general consensus on what the best way to structure it is.
As a postgraduate student, you’ll probably decide what kind of structure suits your research project best after consultation with your supervisor as well as by reading other theses of previous postgraduate students in your university library.
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