EKIS6500 MA Thesis (30 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



Completing a scientific thesis.

The MA Thesis is a research report conducted with the help scientific methods. Planning and conducting a research project and writing it up as the MA Thesis provides students practice in a number of research skills. These skills are crucial also in the work of both language teachers and language specialists, including the ability to plan and conduct work-related projects, critical reading and writing and presentation skills.

Completion methods

Independent work, supervision

Assessment details

The faculty’s assessment criteria for master’s theses

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

Description of prerequisites

Intermediate studies and most Advanced Studies completed.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
MA thesis and the working process
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (30 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
MA thesis and the working process
Study methods:

Independent work, individual supervision