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: 21.09.2021 - 26.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Katila

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:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    100% assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 160h (6 ECTS)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Set of materials provided by the lecturer.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are admitted to the course from the following Master s Programme: MIB, IDBM, Global Management, Creative Sustainability (BIZ students).

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021, 2021-2022

    2020-2021 teaching:

    Period I-II: 26E99905 Master s Thesis Seminar 7.9. - 8.11.2020
    Period II-III: 26E99905 Master s Thesis Seminar 16.11.2020 - 17.1.2021
    Period III-IV: 26E99905 Master s Thesis Seminar 11.1.2021 - 14.3.2021
    Period V- summer 26E99905 Master s Thesis Seminar 27.4.-31.8.

    2021-2022 teaching:

    Teaching periods I, III, IV-summer


    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Compulsory registration one week before the start of the teaching period at latest.