KEMS9550 Master's Thesis (20–30 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Chemistry
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


Written thesis for the Master's degree in Philosophy, which includes a written and experimental part. The topics are based on research carried out at the department or external topics, eg from industry. The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate scientific knowledge with the topic of research, literature search, the use and analysis of research material, and the preparation of an independent scientific report in accordance with the thesis writing guidelines. In addition, the student is able to work independently in the laboratory and with the measurement techniques required by the research topic. The subject teacher will study the research topic related to chemistry learning. Research methods utilize teaching methods that are suitable for research questions.

The written part of Master´s thesis takes about two months and the experimental part about three months.

Learning outcomes

After completing the Master's thesis, the student masters the subject area of the thesis and is able to plan, implement and report on his or her research in accordance with the scientific practice in the field. The student; is able to formulate a research problem and define a research topic, is able to obtain relevant information from publications in the field, is able to reasonably frame the material and evaluate it critically. The student; masters the different stages of research, is able to choose the right research methods and apply them reasonably to his / her research topic. The student masters chemical research methods in the field, is able to independently use experimental measuring instruments in the field of study and is able to analyze the research results and relate them to existing knowledge. In addition, the development of pedagogical subject management is one of the learning objectives of the subject teacher. The student is able to research and find out how to learn and understand chemistry in teaching work.

Additional information

The students in LuMO-programme get 20 ECTS, other students 30 ECTS.

Description of prerequisites

It is good to complete advanced studies in chemistry as much as possible before you start to do Master's Thesis.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
The successful completion of a Master's thesis requires the student to be able to independently produce a comprehensive scientific written report on the research topic in accordance with the thesis writing guidelines of the department. The assessment will focus on the consistency and coherence of the text, the use of literature, the degree and writing of the thesis, the author's independence and timeliness, and the subject-specific assessment.
Time of teaching:
Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, Period 4, Period 5
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Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (20–30 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
English, Finnish