Thesis Masters VS Coursework Masters

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RESEARCH OR THESIS PROGRAM(Mphil,Masc,MS)
COURSEWORK OR TAUGHT PROGRAM(Meng,Msc(like in Hkust,uk)

COURSE STRUCTURE

Mostly when going for a research/thesis program your syllabus comprises of (30-50)% subjects and the remaining 50% of your studies involves writing thesis , publishing papers, giving out seminars , getting involved with research groups

COURSE STRUCTURE

In a taught program 90% of your studies involve theories and studies via book and you have to take exams and get credits. The remaining 10% of your studies includes practical sessions and also projects   in your final sem. Thus, taught programs actually have more number of subjects than a thesis programs .
Possibility of PhD

After a Thesis program you can move on to your PhD since you have already been involved with quite a bit of research and in your final semester student spends quite a bit of time being involved in a thesis. Writing a Thesis is not a piece of cake!!
Possibility of PhD

The Masc(in canada),Msc Taught(in Uk,hong kong ,Ireland etc) are generally a full stop to your academics. i.e. after this you can’t pursue a higher degree like PhD or even a Post Doctorate. All one can do is get into a job or in an industry.
Requirements

The requirements are generally high and exceptional   students are expected for thesis courses. Also a professor has to be contacted who can supervise your work and is ready to fund you as well. A high GPA is expected and other qualities like in interest in research and hardworking personality are a must
Requirements

Even though the requirement is solely based on the university and also the competition , generally the requirements are low and it is not like all students admitted are genius and nerds ( Maybe I am a bit rude towards thesis students here but not all of them are nerds or geeks)
Possibility of Funding

Immense since students will be getting involved with   research , most of the students are given a   stipend or financial aid in the form of research assistantship or teaching assistantship or even tuition fee waiver
Possibility of Funding

Getting funding via university is very difficult even though external funding possibility is present. Also , even if you are getting some kind of funding it will be very less and won’t cover your expenses
Admission Criteria

The admission is done based on your research experience, your projects, GPA and industrial experiences like internships, work experiences and your knowledge. Probably there is some form of interview (Skype,telephonic interview) as well.
Admission Criteria

The admission is solely done based on your GPA. Even if other criteria are considered, your GPA is the first thing which can rescue you in case you are competing with a large number of students. And yes SOPs and LORs will play a role as well.
Competition and chances of admit

Basically competition is everywhere and since the funding matters, the competition is very high and fierce in thesis based programs in countries like Canada,Usa,Aus or any other country which provides a good funding. And also keep in mind that seats are very limited when it comes to thesis based courses in these countries
Competition and chances of admit

Even though the competition is very high in taught based courses as well (international students generally avoid thesis course since contacting a professors is a bit tricky), but getting an admit is generally easier than getting a admit in a thesis based program.
Program Duration

It is highly flexible and sometimes students take extra time to complete the program in case he/she is not able to complete his/her thesis on time. Basically it’s a two year program but may take up to three years. Thus extension is possible as well.
Program Duration      

Program duration varies from one years to two years. There is not taught program which takes more than that time and students are expected to complete the program during that time. No extension but flexibility is available. Like a two year program can be completed in 1.5 years.                                


Job Opportunites

The job opportunities in few countries are almost the same but for some kinds of jobs students with thesis courses are more preferred (includes R&D, research job openings). In Hong Kong,China,Singapore Mphil thesis students are preferred more than Msc taught students
Job Opportunites

The job opportunities are almost the same but there are less openings for coursework students in certain parts of the worlds. But few industries also prefer coursework students due to their more practical curriculum than a research based curriculum which involves theories and working on thesis than a project

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