doctoral dissertation meaning
(plural doctoral theses)
The masters thesis and doctoral dissertation are written documents that describe the graduate student’s research. The subject of the thesis/dissertation is chosen by mutual agreement between the student and major adviser, and must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. There is no fixed length for the thesis/dissertation, although the Supervisory Committee should provide guidance on format and content.
Masters theses should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Doctoral dissertations should demonstrate technical mastery of the student’s field and advance or modify current knowledge. Dissertations should treat new material, find new results, or draw new conclusions; or it should interpret old material in a new light. It is expected that the research contained in the thesis/dissertation will be worthy of publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. Students are expected to prepare the manuscript(s) for publication prior to, or soon after, completion of their graduate program.
We have already mentioned this subject in the Dissertation on Apparitions.
It is the aim of the present dissertation to accomplish this.
Admission to candidacy for the PhD degree constitutes a promotion of the student to the most advanced stage of graduate study and provides formal approval to devote essentially exclusive attention to the research and the writing of the dissertation.
The doctoral dissertation presents the results of an original research project. An appropriate research project involves a substantive piece of original and independent research grounded in and contributing to sociological knowledge. Once the dissertation is completed, the student defends the thesis in an oral examination conducted by the dissertation committee.