How glad are you that the PhD thesis is not graded?

posted
05-Nov-15, 18:37
by Hugh
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posted about 5 years ago
I am so so glad that the PhD thesis is not graded!

Can you imagine the pressure if it was graded?!
posted
05-Nov-15, 18:44
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posted about 5 years ago
Well, is pass with no corrections/minor corrections/major corrections/revise and resubmit/MPhil not a kind of grading system?

But yes, I dread to think what my grade in my viva would have been if there were categories within minor corrections!
posted
05-Nov-15, 18:51
by Hugh
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posted about 5 years ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
Well, is pass with no corrections/minor corrections/major corrections/revise and resubmit/MPhil not a kind of grading system?

But yes, I dread to think what my grade in my viva would have been if there were categories within minor corrections!


Do people mention on their CV whether it was minor/major/no corrections?

I thought the majority of folks got minor corrections?
posted
05-Nov-15, 19:21
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posted about 5 years ago
In a recent talk at my university, the trainer who specialises in training courses for PhD students and their supervisors, says that once you have passed that is that - no one ever asks or cares about whether it needed minor / major corrections.
posted
05-Nov-15, 19:26
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posted about 5 years ago
People don't mention it, so I guess in that way it's not graded. Just street cred within your own department if you get no corrections!
posted
05-Nov-15, 19:26
edited about 20 seconds later
by Eds
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posted about 5 years ago
The reason being, that the thesis is only presented at the viva, but is not awarded until any corrections (if any) are done. So the point is is that all PhD's examined are of different grades, but all those that are awarded, are the same grade.
posted
06-Nov-15, 04:22
edited about 3 minutes later
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posted about 5 years ago
The time spent on 'minor corrections' may be comparatively more than 'major corrections'.

For example, a professor may give comments that are over 10 pages long, and request 'minor corrections'.
On the other hand, another professor may give comments that are 2 pages long, and request 'major corrections'.
posted
07-Nov-15, 16:22
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posted about 5 years ago
I think it's not awarded since there's no objective standard that the thesis could be judged against. I know that's arguable, but the fact it's based on original research means that the assessment is beyond that of a teaching exercise. I certainly think that fellow academics make an assessment of the merits of ones thesis.

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