Chapter 1: Introduction to Graduate Research and Thesis Writing
Section 1.3: Deciding on the content type of your thesis - two types of thesis: qualitative (including creative) and quantitative
Subsection 1.3.1 Thesis Types
Theses generally can be categorized as two types: qualitative (which includes creative) and quantitative. While some graduate work may not clearly fit in one category, most will. Because the structure and formatting for each are different, this document is organized in to two sections describing each. Although some information is the same for all theses, it is important to determine which type of thesis you are writing early in your graduate program.
This type of thesis is the result of work done by students in a descriptive, exploratory, analytical, or creative way. Departments that encompass the arts and humanities may have graduate students doing this type of thesis.
- testing materials under different temperatures and determining their conductivity
- measuring the effect of a new Alzheimer's drug on nerve conduction speed in mice
- comparing strength training regimes for track athletes to find the best method
- correlating variables obtained from survey data
This document is organized so that you can obtain information as you proceed through the various stages of your thesis work. Subsection 1.3.2 provides guidance for how to best use this document.