MUSS2011 Master's Seminar 1 (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


This course begins the research process of the Master's thesis, preparing students for independent scientific work and thesis-writing. Topics include information retrieval, source criticism, ethical principles in research, argumentation and methodological issues related to the thesis. The student will draw up a research plan, and give a formal presentation present it for peer-feedback.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will be able to

- outline the research topic of the master's thesis, formulate a research question for the thesis and draw up a viable research plan

- seek and critically evaluate academic literature for the thesis

- choose a research method and evaluate the method’s suitability for the thesis’ theoretical framework and research aims

Additional information

Timing: 1st year of study.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Assessment is based on achievement of learning outcomes and completing all course assignments.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Seminar, participating in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish