A grad school classmate of mine tweeted a link to this blog post: “How long is the average dissertation?”
Having written a dissertation, I was curious to see how mine stacked up.
Obviously some of this probably varies by school, but I figured this would be a ball park.
My dissertation is 106 pages, including the citations and appendices and all. My degree is in Molecular Biology, so stacking that up against biochem/molbio/biophysics theses, it’s in the shortest 25th percentile (if I’m reading that box plot correctly). Similar for Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology.
Considering how painful it was to write, and that longer isn’t always better, I’m fine with being on the short end.
Now, I will return my dissertation to the shelf above my desk, where it shall remain (unless I have to look up a protocol or something specific) because I live in fear of finding a typo.
How long was yours? What field? How does it stack up in terms of length?