Thesis

Page created on December 26, 2021. Not updated since.

General information

As a medical student at the University of P´écs Medical School, writing and defending a thesis which is related to the medical profession is obligatory. There are formal requirements to this thesis, including a minimum page limit of 30 pages. During the studies (with a deadline sometime toward the end of 5th year), you must find a supervisor and a topic to write about. The deadline for the thesis to be finished and delivered as a printed and bound copy is sometime during January of 6th year (this year it’s January 19th 2022). Then, the thesis must be defended orally sometime within the beginning of April the same year. Unlike some other universities, no “class-free” or “practice-free” time is granted to work on the thesis. You’re expected to work on thesis while having classes/practices/exams.

You can find all the formal thesis requirements, as well as deadlines and other information regarding the thesis, here, at the document titled “Thesis requirements, final closing examination”.

You’ll note that the margins of the thesis look quite odd, but according to the formal thesis requirements, the margins should be 2,5 cm for the right margin and 4 cm for the top, left, and bottom margins. This is for reasons related to the binding.

My thesis

As it has become custom for me to share my work and experiences at this university on this website, I’ve uploaded my thesis. I hope it may be of use in some way.

I began work on my thesis in February of 5th year. I spent a few hours every Monday after class almost all of that spring semester doing only thesis work, and I’m really glad that I did. During that time I finished approximately 80% of the work. I stopped working on it as exam period closed in, but when I picked it up again in November of 6th year, it was already almost finished, and I could finish it during December without too much work.

When writing scientific papers, like a thesis, you’ll need a reference management tool. Most use Mendeley, but I used Zotero. I used the “American Medical Association 11th edition” style of citation.

Most students don’t begin thesis work until 6th year has already begun. However, 6th year (rotational year) is already a lot of work, especially if you do practices abroad (as you’ll be expected to be at the hospital 7+ hours every day, in contrast to in Hungary, where you might only stay a few hours). I recommend everyone to begin thesis work before 6th year begins, especially if you’ll have rotational year practices abroad.

This may or may not be the final version of my thesis, as I’ve not yet received confirmation from my supervisor that it’s fit for printing. In any case, it should be very close to the finished product, and I’ll update the page when the final version is definitely ready.

If you’re a researcher looking to use my work for any scientific research, please keep in mind that this is the work of a simple medical student.

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