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’s Thesis 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 supervision in a timely manner.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.01.2024 - 12.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pekka Pälli

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


  • applies in this implementation

    Student knows the academic writing standards needed in thesis work; student is able to create a viable research proposal that works also as a project plan for thesis

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Learning assignments

  • applies in this implementation

    Written research proposal (pass/fail)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar sessions

    Independent study

  • applies in this implementation

    Seminar sessions as instructed by the teacher 6 h, independent study 45 h, one-on-one meetings with the assigned thesis supervisor 3 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    This course is only for Strategic Management in a Changing World students.

  • applies in this implementation

    Attending the first session is mandatory.