How hard is a PhD dissertation?

Whenever we don’t experience something, the element of the unknown can make it difficult to judge how difficult it is. From your previous qualifications, you might extrapolate and think that since graduation was a step up from high school in terms of work and difficulty, a PhD must be another jump in the game.

With doctorates, it doesn’t help that only the most academically talented students are interested in them, which might make you think you have to be really smart to get one. Also, since they’re not that common, it’s not always easy to find knowledgeable people to talk to. Growing up, I didn’t know anyone who had done a PhD, no one in my immediate family was in college, so I understand that not everyone has access to the insight of a PhD.

Thesis vs. Thesis: United States

In the United States, the definition of a thesis is almost the opposite of the definition in Europe. As a thesis is shorter than a dissertation, it gradually became a pre-degree on the way to a doctorate. Now, a thesis is in progress to obtain a master’s degree. In science fields, a master’s candidate takes advanced courses and gains hands-on experience in a research project, but does not lead the project as much as they would in a doctoral program. In a master’s project, student ideas are welcome and expected, but the emphasis is on the acquisition of technical skills, not on original research. Engineering students usually obtain a master’s degree and rarely obtain a doctorate. In other fields, such as chemistry, the reverse is true and a master’s degree is no longer required as a first step towards a doctorate. Almost everyone I know who got a master’s degree in chemistry got it because they dropped out of graduate school and wrote up their truncated research as part of a master’s project.

Aspects of the master’s thesis compared to the doctoral thesis

Master’s dissertation-Original and new verification of ideas and hypotheses-Independent work or experimentation- Ability and understanding of the industries of demonstration techniques as well as their limitations – Thorough knowledge of the literature – Ability to use literature synthesis and criticism for the research topic – Ability to present work in an academic capacity (conference, seminar, recital, advocacy, etc.

) Doctoral dissertation – All of the above features – New contribution to unpublished scientific literature – Original research produced directly by the author (postgraduate student) – Clear research question/hypothesis with an answer clear (or falsified) – Advances in methods, comments, interpretation, etc.

So what’s the difference between writing a thesis and writing a thesis?

Word count differences between universities

For any doctoral student writing a thesis, you will find that your paper will be subject to a word limit set by your university. In almost all cases, the limit applies only to the maximum number of words and does not impose any constraint on the minimum word limit. The reason for this is that the student will have to write their thesis with the aim of clearly explaining their research, so it will be up to the student to decide what is appropriate.

That said, it is well accepted among doctoral students and thesis supervisors that the absence of limits does not imply that a thesis can be “light”. Your dissertation will draw on several years of original research and will explore new ideas, theories or concepts. Also, your dissertation should include a wide range of topics such as literature review, research methodology, findings, and conclusions. Therefore, your examiners will expect the length of your thesis to be commensurate with imparting all of this information to an adequate level.


The Doctor of Education program prepares graduates for leadership roles in education. As a result, the program covers a wide range of difficult topics.

During Ed.D. program, doctoral students strengthen their skills in qualitative and quantitative research. They examine educational theory and study applied research.

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