Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course introduces students to the Master’sThesis work by covering the fundamentals of the research process and requirements for a thesis. Upon successful completion of this course, you should:
• know what a good Master’s thesis is;
• be able to independently develop a research proposal in the area of your specialization;and
• be able to conduct independent scientific research under supervisionin a timely manner.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.01.2020 - 29.01.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Saija Katila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Alexei Koveshnikov

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The online MSc Thesis Seminar provides an overview of the thesis process through text, videos and assignments. The seminar explicates the criteria for good research questions and literature review and guides students on how to meet the criteria in practice. The seminar further discusses important ethical aspects in doing research. In the end of the seminar students will produce a professional research proposal. Note: Thesis supervisors will be allocated in the early phases of the seminar.

    While the seminar operates fully online, three voluntary tutoring meetings will be organized where you can discuss in a supportive atmosphere issues relevant to your thesis process.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    100% assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total 160h (6 ECTS)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Set of materials provided by the lecturer.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Only for students working / starting to work on their thesis.