I knew that he had achieved a good level of technical ability, but you would never know it from his presentation.An effort that takes years of your life surely deserves better treatment than this.
Because a thesis is shorter than a dissertation it gradually came to mean a preliminary degree on the way to a doctorate.
A thesis is now performed to earn a Master’s degree.
The aim of the project is to test the independent research skills students have acquired during their time at university, with the assessment used to help determine their final grade.
Although there is usually some guidance from your tutors, the dissertation project is largely independent.
A dissertation is part of a broader post-graduate research project.
However, the thesis has evolved since original research nowadays requires plenty of background research.
In scientific fields, a master’s candidate takes advanced coursework and gains hands-on experience in a research project but does not direct the project to the same extent that he would in a doctoral program.
In a master’s project the student’s ideas are welcomed and expected but the focus is on obtaining technical expertise, not doing original research.
One of the main differences is between empirical and non-empirical dissertations.
Empirical dissertations are dissertations which involve collecting data, for example in a psychology degree.