STOS7005 Master's Thesis (30 cr)

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

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Completing a scientific thesis


Completing a scientific thesis 

Learning outcomes

After completing the study unit, students are able to

  • narrow down the research topic and link it to their field in a relevant way; formulate the research questions or objectives of the thesis

  • collect information on the topic independently, utilise earlier studies and evaluate them critically

  • define the key concepts of the chosen topic and apply them in their research

  • select, narrow down and collect material suitable for the research task

  • apply the chosen research method to investigate the research questions or to achieve the objectives of the thesis, also understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the method

  • present their research results in an organised manner, relate them to the theoretical framework and evaluate them critically

  • present relevant arguments and follow the principles of scientific writing

  • master the working process

  • follow the ethical principles of research throughout the thesis process 

Additional information

All the master's theses have to be put through plagiarism detection system. This means that the theses will go through the process before submitting for assessment.

Completion methods

Method 1

Independent work, supervision
Evaluation criteria:
The faculty’s assessment criteria for master’s theses
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Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (30 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
English, Finnish