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Try to guess what a chart is about without the labels. Average length of PhD dissertations by major i. Since I started working on my dissertation, I wanted to get a feel for the average length in my field. I definitely don't feel any better about it now.
With a PhD in molecular and microbiology a good 70 pages of my dissertation is results, pictures of gels, etc. Our nursing teachers could introduce themselves to patients saying, "Hi. Ebert I'll be your nurse today. In the state of Texas, you are recognized as a "doctor of a study" and can be referred to as Dr. My university gave me an insurance card one year that said Dr.
Blabla" to a patient Several MDs and med students I've encountered get super testy about that. They're very protective of the "doctor" moniker, and I've had several refer to me as "not a real doctor" to which I tell them to keep shoving their real head up their ass.
PhD generally means research. A Medical Doctor is not usually a PhD although they can be. An MD Oncologist would see and treat patients with cancer, where as a PhD Oncologist would likely be doing cancer research ie trying to find a cure. Nurses learn only as much of the "science" aspect as they need to do their work.
PhD's in nursing are just about nursing techniques, practices, patient relations, etc. Not to imply nurses aren't well educated, but they focus much more on running a medical operation and techniques to help ill people and less on how the body works and theoretical stuff. What about the DNP? Many Nurse practitioner schools are transferring to a doctorate. Nurse practitioners can prescribe medications and do a lot of the things a doctor does. They see their own patients and make their own decisions most of the time.
A CRNA has a nurse with a masters in anesthesia. Also moving toward a doctorate, they do anesthesia at almost the same level as an anesthesiologist. It would probably not be appropriate to call themselves doctor in a medical setting even though they have one, though. Nurse Practitioners are not scientists. Nursing PhDs are scientists who do scientific research in the field of medical care, especially as it pertains to nursing practice. The latter two are both scientists, and the former two are both applied medicine.
Doctor of Nursing Practice is one possible degree, focusing more on the actual practice of nursing, while a PhD in Nursing would be a more academic focused degree. Nursing is a parallel track to diagnostic medicine, with Nurse Practitioners having much of the same skillset and autonomy of P. Yeah but that's still readable. A math dissertation might as well be Martian with all the symbols. A lot of humanities dissertations might as well be Martian because of all the theory being used which necessitates an esoteric vocabulary.
Read a page of Bertrand Russell's stuff on philosophy of language or Heidegger's stuff on phenomenology and, for a person outside the discipline, it would seem like gibberish because it is a discourse community few people participate in.
For a history dissertation, I imagine the historiography theory would be dense. Honestly, a lot of literary theory is gibberish even to people in the field. My wife has a PhD in English and I have a master's. Both of us struggle with some theory because of the dense masturbatory writing. Funny you should mention Russell, seeing as how he is also a venerable mathematician.
History is one of those lovely subjects that decides to explain much of it's most complex ideas in normal English. Even with historiography the most technical it tends to get is discussing the theories of different schools of thought and even if you aren't aware of those schools, you can easily pick up on what they are from the writing. Depending on the subject you might come across complex ideas but because history is multi-disciplinary these complex ideas come from the other subjects.
For instance Marxist theory in Marxist history, some of which is baffling if you don't know your dialectics and the like. This is not to say that History is easy, far from it but the skill of a historian is synthesising a hell of a lot of information, theories and sources from numerous disciplines and making a cohesive strong argument. Rambling on in loads of 'insider language' and using baffling terminology isn't a good example of this and is more the realm of scientists. Although some historians do write incredibly dry and boring stuff especially Economic historians because their work is full of Economic theory.
I've long argued that History is the subject that perhaps requires the most rounded multidisciplinary knowledge of all the major subjects. Most scientists won't venture outside of their own cosy niche in their own subject, this is why History works get so large and complex. So what you're getting at is that history is hard not because history is hard to explain, but because in order to explain it you need a massive knowledge base in a variety of subjects?
There's a breadth there that not many other subjects touch upon. You can write a damn good physics related paper knowing little more than physics and maths. Try writing a history dissertation and entirely avoiding economics or entirely avoiding human psychology or entirely avoiding geography or entirely avoiding politics etc and you're going to run into trouble.
You will have your dissertation ripped to pieces by people who come at it from different angles. So while history is a very accessible subject, to the extent that laymen can read PhD thesis and understand chunks of it, actually producing it can be very hard and require a great general knowledge.
You'd also be surprised how often stuff you would not associate with it such as maths gets involved. Of course some history is hard to understand and there are some genres of history which can be obtuse and full of terminology that would put you off, economic history, Hegelian stuff, Marxist stuff etc etc but by and large it's nowhere near as 'insider' as other subjects and a good deal of it is very accessible even stuff such as historiography.
Understanding historiography is not that hard but being able to produce a work of historiography on say the depiction of Jesus throughout history would require an in depth knowledge of Jesus history throughout multiple time periods, to have read dozens of books on the subject from different time periods, to understand the cultural and political background of depictions of Jesus throughout history, to understand how economic prosperity or deprivation affected the depictions, to understand the inner workings of the church throughout each period and its varying influence on depictions of Jesus etc etc and so on, you'd also need that in depth knowledge to comment on other people's historiographical works.
Far from an easy thing. But readable to whom? My guess is that a mathematician is twice as likely as a historian to convince another human being in the same field to read his or her thesis. I think they're much more likely to become required reading for a course than a best seller, but that's still more profitable than most other dissertations.
I only took a few history classes in college, but I probably bought a dozen books that started out as PhD theses. They were way too dense to be best sellers. This is true, but if it's truly interesting research and the writer is good at storytelling , it gives you a hell of a base to start with and write some required reading and a bestseller. At that point you're not writing for a wide audience but for an academic one, which means the language is vastly different than that which a wide audience is used to.
Also, you're likely examining esoteric things like historiography with the assumption that your readers again, an academic audience has a foundational knowledge on the theoretical framework. The average person doesn't have that foundation and would be completely lost reading a history dissertation. What's your area of study? I'm just starting analyzing data for my diss I'm in English rhetoric and composition , so not too far from the top! I think most people in my program have written around pages, which seems reasonable.
My boss just did his dissertation for CS, less than 50 pages, no problem. It's not about pages, it's not grade school, and most of the multiple-hundred page dissertations are full of charts, graphs, images, etc. The bonus is that I've already published a lot of my work, so it's mostly written up already! I'm a comp sci undergrad. What are you doing your research in?
I'm curious what is going on in the field at a PhD level. There's a ton going on in computer science right now. I study artificial intelligence and evolutionary computation. Here's a short-ish research statement by me: Reading about your research is super interesting! Keep up the good work! I'd like to add that my largest LaTeX file is about 30 pages of abstract algebra notes. It took a really long time to type, and that was pretty much transcribing notes. I can't even imagine what doing pages of math research is like.
My dad has a PhD in Physics and did everything on a typewriter. He also walked to and from university in the snow, up hill both ways. It'd still be pages of published LaTex - though I'd be impressed to see someone write an entire dissertation in one. I need to learn LaTex. I've seen MS Word used, and it freaks me out every time. LaTeX is the most common sane way to do it, and I try to encourage every undergrad I know to get started on it earlier rather than later.
AIAA actually has its own LaTeX template that you have to use when writing any papers you intend to submit to any one of their conferences or publications. I think other disciplinary organizations probably have theirs too. Recently though, Markup Markdown is gaining a lot of traction because there are some document processors out there right now that combine its simplicity with inline LaTeX for mathematics. YMMV of course, but this is my personal observation at least in my particular subdiscipline of Aerospace Engineering.
I've given it a try myself and I have to admit, it's growing on me. I'm particularly partial to Pandoc. Using Word is likely to throw me into fits of rage and result in damaged computers.
I dislike MS Word as much as the next sane person and I love LaTeX as much as the next computer scientist , but it sort of make sense for people who already know how to use it to simply use MS Word. If you don't have big mathematical equations to format, why would you bother with learning LaTeX when you know that the journal editors are going to go through your paper and simply copy paste the content and edit it themselves?
What we need to do in my humble opinion is push Markdown as a standard format for "normal text with images" and require it at university. And create good editors for it, with enough features to compete with MS Word.
I thought that markdown was more for web pages, and not for actual papers. I definitely see the appeal of using it for web pages no floating figures, lists are easier, etc, etc , but why should you use it for actual documents?
Markdown owes much of its recent resurgence in academia to the development of Pandoc -- a multi-format document converter. The link explains the great features of this thing, but I'll elaborate a little bit myself on why it's so appealing.
For starters, Markdown is readable in plain-text. This takes the headache out of collaborative publications. Unfortunately there are still a fair number of academics out there who aren't LaTeX-aware, or are outright hostile towards it due to the very verbose syntax. Markdown circumvents these difficulties. Secondly, BibTeX is getting outdated and cumbersome.
It is not used by any of the major bibliography management programs out there, such as Mendeley, Zotero and Papers. I know Papers3 offers an export option to BibTeX but it doesn't produce consistent results. Pandoc, in the meantime, handles CSL format directly. I also consider Pandoc's citation syntax to be far superior to LaTeX, but that's personal opinion. Third, and perhaps most important, is that Pandoc is capable of handling hybrid syntax within the same document or workflow.
I mean two things by that:. It can parse in-line LaTeX within Markdown, which means that you can cherry pick only the specific styling or math tools that you need from LaTeX while preserving Markdown's simplicity everywhere else. It can parse Markdown files alongside a LaTeX style sheet. And finally, because Pandoc is a local document processor just like LaTeX, the documents themselves can be hosted on code repositories like GitHub or BitBucket for efficient collaboration with robust version tracking, and then converted to identical PDF outputs by individual collaborators.
So in essence, it preserves the collaborative advantage of LaTeX by using the same "code development" paradigms that GUI word processors cannot provide. The end result is indistinguishable, but I find the workflow to be simpler. I realized that I made a mistake earlier to mention Mou when I really should have mentioned Pandoc instead.
I like Mou a lot, but I don't use it as a processor. I use it as an editor with an incomplete quick-preview function. The actual document generation is done via Pandoc, so that's more pertinent to the discussion at hand. Yes, but my understanding is that use of LaTeX in a field is directly correlated by how mathy the field is. It's standard in physics and CS as well, and people in those fields e. Standard in economics and statistics. I write everything in LaTeX or just plain text files anymore regardless of how much math or code they have.
We use it all the time for papers and presentations. It's pretty much the expectation for graduate papers, and lots of profs use it instead of Powerpoint the Beamer package allows creation of presentations. Everybody in my cohort has moved to google docs or LaTeX. Word is bloated and evil. The philosophy department at my alma mater uses LaTeX for everything.
Most of the undergrads use regular word processors, but some of the ones that end up taking intermediate logic also end up using LaTeX for everything. I was the only person in my department that I know of who used LaTeX to write my thesis. Everyone else used the Word template provided by the university. I was also the only person that I know of who didn't have my thesis returned by the graduate school for formatting revisions.
Last semester I TeXed typed pages of stuff for homework. This is great, thanks! Looks like I reflect your data perfectly. No complaints on being average here! Learning to Write a Thesis: Average dissertation and thesis length, take two — R is my friend. I hope that you will keep it up and we will have more informative and helping news from you.
How long is the average dissertation Thesis Info. How long is your PhD dissertation long enough? Reblogged this on erenokur. Have dissertations outlived their usefulness in science? Reblogged this on Road to Economics. All the best dissertation writing advice in one post! Academic Consulting and Editing. Yes, you can get them here. In my experience in the UK we tend to go by word limit rather than number of pages. You have little freedom, the word limit is absolute and you cannot go over.
Interesting and I have never heard of any limits on page lengths in the US. Same would apply if it was page length, of course. Of Dissertations and Monographs — John Laudun. Built-in Entry Bench — Poplar — raecreation. You Have to Write How Much? Writing a Dissertation — motorcityclio. Analyzing historical history dissertations: Top 10 Tips for Writing a Dissertation -. This makes me feel better. J on Data Science. You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. The important piece of information for each student takes the following form: Nah, brevity is for publishing. You can put whatever you want in your dissertation. Now that I am finally finished awaiting thesis office approval I am at pages. So much for that Anthropology Masters I was so eagerly contemplating, sigh …. If I could have been half as creative in my dissertation procrastination!
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