Thesis and maturity test in Master's and Licentiate's Programmes

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This article is only for students studying in the new degree programmes. If you are studying according to the old degree structures, please visit the Studying in accordance with the old study requirements site for more information. 

An academic degree always includes a written thesis. As a student at the University, you are a full member of the academic community and an expert in your own field. In your thesis, you will examine a research question or questions of interest to you and generate new scientific knowledge in your field for the benefit of the academic community. Typically, the thesis is written independently, but, depending on the situation, the related research may be conducted as part of a project or research group or in collaboration with a company or an organisation.

Themes

Thesis in Master's and Licentiate's Programmes

As part of their advanced studies, Master’s level students write a thesis of 30 credits in scope. The thesis written by students of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, however, is 20 credits in scope.

In the thesis, you must demonstrate your familiarity with the thesis topic, mastery of the necessary research methods, the ability to think scientifically and proficiency in academic writing. The thesis workload, including the collection and processing of the research material as well as the writing process, corresponds approximately to one term of full-time study.

The thesis is assessed on a scale of 0–5.

Before embarking on the thesis project, or at its initial stages at the latest, you must draft a thesis plan, which will be discussed and approved in the manner specified in the degree programme curriculum. The plan must also indicate the supervisor(s) of the thesis.

You can complete the thesis independently or in a group or a wider research project, provided that your independent input can be clearly demonstrated and easily assessed. You can also complete the thesis as a commission. However, write your thesis independently. You can write the thesis as pair work with a fellow student only if your degree programme has separately decided to allow this. In such cases, the independent contribution of both students must be clearly demonstrable.

The thesis must contain an abstract.

If you are dissatisfied with your grading, you can lodge an appeal with the University’s Academic Appeals Board. Read more here.

Maturity test in Master's and Licentiate's Programmes

The maturity test has the status of an independent study attainment, but does not, however, yield credits. The maturity test must demonstrate your command of the topic of your thesis. The maturity test can be, for example, a section of the thesis or its abstract or another written assignment.

The thesis supervisor approves the maturity test, unless otherwise specified below. The maturity test is assessed on a scale of pass/fail and will be registered in the Student Register only after the thesis has been approved.

Thesis Instructions in Your Degree Programme

Master's Programme in Computer Science

Master’s Thesis in Master’s Programme in Computer Science

The thesis project starts with finding a supervisor and a thesis topic. Then a short (1-2 pages) plan is written, that is mutually to be accepted by the thesis supervisor and the thesis candidate. The professor in charge of the study track in question approves the project.

Professors in charge of the study tracks:

  • Algorithms - Jyrki Kivinen
  • Networking and Services - Valtteri Niemi
  • Software Systems - Tomi Männistö

Students observe examples of Master's theses in the Computer Science Colloquium during the first year of their studies. After finding a supervisor and a topic, the work is conducted under personal guidance. Presentation of the work at the Computer Science Colloquium gives feedback to finalize the thesis. Suitable time to present the work is negotiated with the supervisor.

The thesis plan should include a tentative date for when a presentation of the thesis is given at the Computer Science Colloquium.  After the presentation is given, the writing of the thesis can be completed and the thesis can proceed to the final approval and grading as specified in the Faculty and University level instructions.

Thesis content is negotiated with the supervisor. A typical length for a thesis is 40-50 pages, but this varies based on the topic.

The grading scale and criteria follow the general University level regulations.

Prerequisites:

  • Most required advanced studies as well as all essential courses on the thesis topic conducted before starting the thesis project full-time.
  • Computer Science Colloquium completed or nearly completed (note that the presentation at the Colloquium is a compulsory part of thesis project, and the Colloquium as a course can be completed before)
  • For theses on software engineering, course CSM14102 Methods for Software Engineering Research is highly recommended.
  • The thesis may be based entirely on previous research literature, or it may additionally include original theoretical, empirical or constructive work by the student. A thesis is not expected to contain new scientific results.

Urkund plagiarism check for Master’s theses:

Send your thesis to your supervisor via the Urkund system. The Urkund check must be carried out when the Master’s thesis is ready for the final review by the supervisors, i.e. before the review statement is written.

Please send your thesis as a pdf-file to your supervisor’s analysis address for Urkund, which takes the form firstname.surname.hy@analyysi.urkund.fi.

Urkund instructions for students

Detailed instructions:

  • Find a topic and a supervisor: Master's thesis topics
  • Prepare a 1-2 pages thesis plan, and fill the thesis e-form.
  • All the forms and templates for the thesis, as well as grading criteria can be found at Master's Thesis in Computer Science -project course page (see Materials section)
  • Send your thesis to your supervisor's analysis address via the Urkund-system.
  • Student returns the final thesis to the supervisor. The supervisor will upload the thesis and review statement to the thesis tool Grappa, that will provide all the further instructions to the student.
  • Grappa will communicate with you for storing the thesis to E-thesis database.

Teacher's Guide includes instructions for supervisors.

Deadlines for the review statements:

The theses and their review statements have to be returned to Grappa by these dates in order to be graded in the following Master's Program Board meeting. To ensure your thesis grading proceeds to the council meeting, click the link in the message provided by Grappa to submit your approval to the process, and submit your thesis to E-thesis by the Wednesday that precedes the board meeting.

Academic year 2019-2020

The thesis and review statement have to be returned to Grappa by this date Deadline for clicking the Grappa-link and submitting the thesis to E-thesis Board meeting
19.8. 21.8. 27.8.
16.9. 18.9. 24.9.
14.10. 16.10. 22.10.
11.11. 13.11. 19.11.
9.12. 11.12. 17.12.
20.1. 22.1. 28.1.
17.2. 19.2. 25.2.
16.3. 18.3. 24.3.
13.4. 15.4. 21.4.
11.5. 13.5. 19.5.
8.6. 10.6. 16.6.

Autumn 2020

The thesis and review statement have to be returned to Grappa by this date Deadline for clicking the Grappa-link and submitting the thesis to E-thesis Board meeting
17.8. 19.8. 25.8.
14.9. 16.9. 22.9.
12.10. 14.10. 22.10.
9.11. 11.11. 17.11.
30.11. 2.12. 8.12.

 

The language of the maturity test

The language of the maturity test is determined by the language studies of your previously completed first-cycle degree, your degree programme and the language of your secondary education.

  • If the language of your secondary education was Finnish or Swedish and you have completed your first-cycle degree in Finland and have accordingly demonstrated your language proficiency by passing a maturity test, as specified in the Government Decree on University Degrees, you need not demonstrate your language proficiency again. You may write the maturity test in Finnish, Swedish, English or in the language in which you wrote the thesis.
     
  • If the language of your secondary education was Finnish or Swedish but you have not demonstrated your language proficiency by passing a maturity test for your first-cycle degree, as specified in the Government Decree on University Degrees (because, for example, you completed your degree at a university abroad), you must demonstrate your language proficiency by writing the maturity test in the language of your secondary education.
     
    This also applies to students pursuing their degrees in English in English-language and multilingual Master’s programmes.
     
    See the other language requirements for your degree.
     
  • If the language of your secondary education was other than Finnish or Swedish and you are studying in a Master’s programme offered in Finnish and Swedish or completing studies in Finnish and Swedish in a multilingual Master’s programme, you may write the maturity test in Finnish, Swedish, English or in the language in which you wrote the thesis.
  • If the language of your secondary education was other than Finnish or Swedish and you are completing studies in English in an English-language or multilingual Master’s programme, you must write your maturity test in English.

Tiivistelmälomake / Abstract form

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Tiivistelmälomake / Abstract form (pdf, docx)

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