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Is Master's thesis important in PhD application

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I'am currently having master's degree in UK and there three paths for me to graduate - A. a 10000-word research project (like a formal thesis) B. a 3000-to-5000-word research project with given topic + 3 electives C. only 5 electives. I would like to ask for advice on which option should I choose.

I will leave out option C definitely. Then for option A, it provides me with an opportunity to think about what I want to research in PhD, to improve my research abilities and is also quite helpful for my SoP and interviews. But the question is that according to past data, it's difficult to earn a distinction if I choose this path. As for option B, it's easier to graduate with distinction, which is important for PhD application. So I hesitate between this two options and cannot judge and balance between their benefits. Can someone give me some advice? Thanks a lot!

PS: I don't have any research experience before except for undergraduate's thesis, which I think is worthless. 

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In the humanities at least, you can use/polish the thesis to fulfill the requirements of the WS. Mine was ok, but got a lower grade than I deserved and I still got in. 

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What field? 3000 words is only about 12 pages, double spaced Times New Roman. For the humanities, that's not even close enough, but for some sciences it may be good.

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25 minutes ago, khigh said:

What field? 3000 words is only about 12 pages, double spaced Times New Roman. For the humanities, that's not even close enough, but for some sciences it may be good.

Sorry, I didn't mention that, I will apply for finance PhD.

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I'm currently applying for a PhD programs in the UK and 'distinction' was not a "must-have." Most ADCOMs are going to focus on our application portfolio and make a decision from the entire picture. I would suggest the thesis pathway because it will demonstrate your ability to research, write longer academic texts, and present your material in a timely and professional matter. Pathway B will do similar things, but not to the same extent as a thesis.

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