Final, master’s, bachelor’s, coursework, term paper… Because of all the written documents, one often no longer knows at the university which criteria of scientific work apply to which work. Here is a small overview of what a thesis is actually exactly and what constitutes it.
What is a thesis?
A final or examination thesis is generally understood as a “scientific work concluding a training course”. The term thesis, which is used interchangeably, comes, among other things, from English, where the theses for MA and BA are referred to as bachelor’s thesis and master’s thesis, respectively.
The thesis is a systematically structured text in which the results of independent research are presented. In contrast to homework, study or project work, students have some special features when writing their thesis: the work takes a few months of processing time and should above all be “scientifically” oriented. In concrete terms, this means that students must demonstrate the key competence acquired during their studies within the work, work on a question of the subject independently and according to scientific methods, and present the results in an appropriate manner. The thesis is intended to provide the reader with an overview of a particular topic and ultimately plays an important part in the overall assessment of the student’s performance. It is also considered more attentively by companies when starting a career than other examination services.