As someone who makes a living out of marking undergraduate theses (as well as postgraduate theses), I'd have to concur with Gareth's assessment. In my field of science, a 'standard' PhD course is a minimum of 3 years full time study which concentrates entirely on the research project. This generally results in a thesis around 50,000-70,000 words in length, covering anywhere from 150-300 pages (depending on the size of technical diagrams, etc.). Plus appendices, which can easily add another 100+ pages. Part-time students are not particularly common, but they do exist and 6-7 years is the typical length of study, although this does vary depending on how much time the student can afford to dedicate to the research. I'm sure you will correct me if I'm wrong, but I highly doubt MW candidates spend anywhere near that amount of time solely dedicated to their research.undergraduates? Really? Let’s not turn this into a p*ssing match. I’m out.
As a professional qualification, I simply assume that you should honourably return your certificates and desist from using the 'titles' said professional body has conferred upon you if you choose to no-longer pay your subs. Clubs such as the IMW need to earn money from somewhere.How does one become an ex-MW?
I'm not knocking the MWs or the rigours of qualifying, especially the blind tasting part, but let's not confuse an MW with an oenologist or viticultural expert.