Our graduate or undergraduate curricula require us to submit a dissertation for the completion of our degree. A dissertation helps us to get an in-depth understanding of the topic that we are writing upon. We need to thoroughly research the topic that we are writing upon, form convincing points in favor of the topic, structure the essay appropriately and finally conclude the essay. This is the essence of a quality dissertation. A thesis represents one’s idea on a topic and hence requires a great deal of thinking on his part. It is not necessary that a thesis is only in the form of an essay. In certain disciplines such as performing arts the thesis may be completed in the form of performance.
A dissertation or a thesis has different scopes. A thesis written for a PhD. will be different from the thesis that is written for an undergraduate or a graduate degree. The length of a thesis may depend on the number of pages or words. If the thesis is written in language such as Japanese or Chinese the length may depend on the number of characters. The thesis is generally written in the main language of instruction at the university. If the student writing the thesis is a student of languages it may be possible that the thesis is completed in his chosen language.
A thesis leads to the culmination of a particular course of academic curricula. Hence a thesis normally starts when a student has completed all other requirements of the course. The topic of the thesis is generally decided in consultation with the supervisor. The student starts the research on the mutually agreed topic and concludes the topic within a decided timeframe. The timeframe that is required for a PhD. dissertation may be different from the ones that are allowed for an undergraduate or graduate topic. In a PhD. essay there are is generally no timeframe to complete the thesis. The scholar starts the research in consultation with their advisor and culminates the thesis after many iterations and modifications. A PhD. scholar will not have any pressure from their professors on the submission date and he will receive guidance from them on how best the thesis can be completed.
A dissertation work may have some typical components. These are the title page, an abstract, table of contents and a bibliography. The other components of a dissertation work may include introduction, the research done, the results that were derived, discussions, acknowledgements and abbreviations. A dissertation is called by different names in different countries. If the dissertation work is done in a Canadian University it may be called as a term paper, papers or essay. If the paper is done for the fulfillment of an honors degree then the dissertation may be called as a major paper. At universities in the United Kingdom a dissertation is associated with an undergraduate degree, while the term thesis is associated with a PhD. degree.
A dissertation or a thesis helps a scholar to develop a mastery over the subject. This helps to develop a career in their chosen fields.