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    Hi,

    Consider the sentence below:

    Last year I was in New York City where I started my PhD course. I'm defending my dissertation/thesis upon arrival back in St.Petersburg in two years

    What is the correct verb to speak about a long piece of academic writing, which is concerned with a particular field (knowledge domain)?

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    Hi,

    OneLook: General dictionary sites

    If, after looking up the words, you still have doubts, you can then come back to us with them.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    Oxford AE dictionary:

    dissertation:
    a long essay on a particular subject, especially one written for a university degree or diploma

    thesis: a long piece of writing based on your own ideas and research that you do as part of a university degree, especially a higher degree such as a PhD.

    To tell the truth I don't see much difference and hence my question. Are they interchangeable or they are sometimes used in different contexts?

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post

    Last year I was in New York City where I started my PhD course. I'm defending my dissertation/thesis upon arrival back in St.Petersburg in two years' time. Why do you need to defend it?

    What is the correct verb to speak about a long piece of academic writing, which is concerned with a particular field? Well, it's not a verb, but a noun.
    Surely your tutor in NY told you what to call it.

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    Sorry. The intended word was "word", not "verb", of course. "Thesis" and "dissertation" are nouns.

    I made up the sentence about New York. No one ever told me anything. That's why I'm asking to find out what this piece of writing is called.

    We always need to defend thesis/dissertations in Russia after they've written and checked. We do this before a committee giving a 20-minute oral talk followed by numerous questions.

    Your correction about "two years' time" means that just "two years" is a mistake or your suggestion is aimed at improving the sentence?

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    PhD thesis and dissertation are both possible. It differs from country to country which term is more common.

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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Why do you need to defend it?
    Defence of a thesis is common in many countries. In the UK, the defence takes place during the viva (voce).

    Thesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Default Re: dissertation/thesis

    In the US, it's a dissertation. Someone who as completed all their studies but has not yet published their dissertation is sometimes calls ABD - all but dissertation, though I've also heard that as "all but doctorate" - everything except the degree itself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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