You’ll usually be expected to produce a much longer piece of work, but the essential nature of the task won’t be unfamiliar to you if you’ve already completed a research project for your Bachelors degree.
After all, one of the purposes of an undergraduate dissertation or final year project is to prepare you for more in-depth research work as a postgraduate.
If you’re unsure about the structure of your dissertation, your supervisor will be able to help you map it out.
You should also check with your university exactly which sections of the dissertation count towards the final word count (the abstract, bibliography and appendices won’t usually be included in the total).
Questions about the guidelines, or interpretation of them, should be directed to the Office of Degree Requirements at (413) 545-0025.
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Your undergraduate dissertation will have given you a chance to prove the competence you have developed in your subject area by undertaking an independent research task.
By contrast, during your Masters thesis you’ll need to show that you are not just capable of analysing and critiquing original data or primary source material, but are also aware of the existing body of scholarship relating to your topic and can situate your work within this space.
We also provide a template for creating your thesis and an example of what a final thesis should look like.
The Graduate School rules permit three different (Traditional).