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Dissertation is the name of a particular kind of writing. Originally, it meant something like 'essay', 'discussion of a subject' or 'discourse on a topic'. Nowadays, it has a technical sense in [[Higher Education}}: it means 'a longer assignment'.
- For undergraduate students, this typically means an essay some three to five times longer (more words) than the normal assignment, undertaken in the final year of study.
- OED gives as meaning [2.] b.: "spec. An extended scholarly essay, usu. based upon original research, submitted for a degree or other academic qualification". Dissertation' is usually the title of the piece submitted by MA students following the research path to the degree.
- In Britain, the similar, but even more substantial, work submitted usually after three years for a doctorate is most often called a Thesis.