JD Atheist wrote:1. In the US a scholarly research paper submitted for a doctoral degree is a "dissertation." For a master's degree, it is a "thesis."
Fixed that for you. In the UK it is commmon for a Bachelor's degree to require a dissertation. Of course it depends on the university and the subject as well, while I was at Bristol dissertations seemed to be more common for arts subjects while science subjects seemed split between referring to it as a thesis or project.
In summary, the US does not equal the world Since this thread was started by an English person requiring a thesis for a doctoral award is entirely correct and you uppity colonial types are getting confused again. Next you'll be telling us that humour is spelled wrong