An Example of a 107 Page MIT Dissertation

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Garp, Jul 25, 2023.

  1. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    I found this interesting and a little underwhelming in terms of depth but it passed and MIT is a highly ranked institution.

    Such variations perhaps depend on your supervisor.

    *I do not in any way judge the merit of the work as I lack the time expertise and obviously a committee from MIT did and found it worthy.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2023
  2. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

  3. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Sub-par and high quality dissertations are produced by every institution (prestigious and average).
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  4. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    What did you think of the first one in terms of what it is supposed to be?
  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I read the abstract and scrolled through it. I've never seen a dissertation like that. But I can't comment on the rigor for the following reasons:
    • It's not my area of expertise
    • The writing style is not APA
    • I couldn’t determine what type of study it was (i.e., methodology)
    • There doesn't seem to be any data collection (primary or secondary)
    I don't understand any of it, TBH. The first-person writing (although okay in APA) seems a bit much.
  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    To be honest, I don't think there's much you can do with philosophy research. Once you start testing people's behaviors or thought processes, you're getting into social science and cognitive science. It could be appropriate to just logically argue your position.

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