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.


The aim is to learn how to present and discuss research, in both oral and written form. Seminar sessions also provide help for making informed decisions about how to develop the MSc thesis (although the main responsibility is with the individual thesis advisors). Upon completion of the seminar, the student will be able to present and critically evaluate academic research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 14.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kristiina Huttunen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Thesis seminar groups start twice a year (period I and III) and last two consecutive periods (I-II, and III-IV). In the first seminar period there are common training sessions and students present their research plans and give a presentation on the wider topic area around their research area. In the second seminar period students present and discuss research findings. Depending on the number of participants, the students may be divided to smaller groups for the student presentation sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Grading 0-5 based on activity in the seminar, quality of presentations (live presentation, accompanying slides, research plan/topic paper, and main paper), quality of discussion (both in class and on-line), and punctuality. Attendance is required for a passing grade, but one absence may be made up by completing an additional assignment.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar sessions during two lecture periods, 24h, topic (research plan) presentation, main presentation, active participation in discussions, and acting as the designated discussant of another student s main presentation.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The deadline for the Autumn seminar is 31.5. and for the Spring seminar 31.10. The thesis topic must be approved by a faculty member prior to enrollment. Obtaining approval may require some back-and-forth between the student and the faculty, so make sure to start the process well before the deadline. The written research plan is due at the first meeting of the seminar.

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    Maximum number of students is 24.

    Teaching Period:
    2020-2021 Autumn I-II, Spring III-IV
    2021-2022 Autumn I-II, Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration by email to Marko Terviö according to instructions given on the course home page. Please also register via WebOodi when the seminar begins to subscribe to the seminar news feeds.