FILS7005 Master's Thesis (30 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish, Swedish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2024-2025, 2025-2026, 2026-2027, 2027-2028


Completing a scientific thesis

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student is able to

  • define a research topic and relate it to his/her field in a relevant way, formulate research questions or work objectives
  • acquire information on their research topic independently, make use of previous research and evaluate it critically
  • define the key concepts of the research topic and apply them in their research
  • select, limit and collect appropriate data for the research task (or prepare a sample of work appropriate to the research task)*
  • apply the chosen research method (or perspective)* to address the research questions or achieve the objectives of the work
  • present the results of their work in a structured way, relate them to the theoretical framework and critically evaluate them
  • argue and follow the principles of scientific writing
  • report on research in accordance with the conventions of the discipline and in a professional manner
  • manage their working process
  • adhere to ethical principles in all stages of the research process

* the items in brackets refer to multi-format theses

Completion methods

Method 1

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

Independent study (30 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
English, Finnish, Swedish