University of Oulu, 2016

Master's thesis

A Master's thesis is a research project in which student utilizes theory and research methods of the study field. The scope of the thesis is normally about 30 credits, which means about six months of full-time studying. Usually the thesis and possible thesis-related seminar work are scheduled in the last studying year. The seminar work is organized by the supervisor, who is usually the professor of the field. The length of a master's thesis is typically 50-80 pages, but more detailed instructions and learning objectives are written in the curriculum of each degree programme. The completed Master's thesis will be reviewed at Urkund plagiarism checker and then published after approval in the Laturi database. The faculty's dean of education or the degree programme committee accepts the theses. Students can read previously published master's theses at the Pegasus library. A Master student is also required to complete a maturity test. The maturity test is a written exam which evaluates the students command of the research topic and proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Read also: Thesis as a project-based work

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Faculty of Education

Faculty of Technology

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

The MSc thesis is the single most important piece of work undertaken as part of the MSc and as such the research group should be chosen carefully by the student and the work should be planned carefully before starting.

Students are allowed to do their MSc thesis work at any university or research institute. The MSc thesis work can also be undertaken in a company, but the work must be research based. Students are encouraged to undertake the thesis work in one of the leading research groups in the sub-discipline they are interested in wherever it is located in the world.

Before starting the experimental part of the Pro gradu the students must submit a short research proposal to the Project Co-ordinator (Alexander Kastaniotis). The proposal is free format but must include the students name, start and end date of the experimental part of the project, the proposed number of credits, supervisor(s) names and titles and the place where the work will be undertaken. The proposal will be checked to ensure that the research has been well planned in advance. A typical research plan might include half to one side of background information and then around one side of experimental details i.e. 2-3 sides in total (including references).

We currently have variable size Pro Gradu projects. The project can be between 30-60op (in 5op blocks). The difference comes from the length of the experimental work. A 30op project has 3 months experimental work. Each additional 5op adds 3 weeks of additional experimental work, up to a maximum of 18 additional weeks (an additional 30op). For example, a 45op Pro Gradu project would contain 3 months + 9 weeks of experimental work. Examiners are made aware of the length of the experimental work.

The Pro gradu thesis must be submitted no later than exactly one year after the beginning of the experimental part. This is based on the fact that the Faculty is obliged to give every student the chance to graduate from the MSc program in the set time of two years. Exceeding the set times without good reason will result in the work being penalized. However, if there is a well justified reason for extension, this should be applied from the Project Co-ordinator. Good reasons may be for example sickness or breaking of critical equipment in the lab, being unable to obtain essential reagents or any other factors which both cause delay through no fault of the student.

Thesis examination

Recently a decision was made to introduce a new style of thesis examination. This change was made to reduce the time taken to write the thesis and to make the final grade more representative of the full ability of the student (not just their writing ability or the (in)activity of the supervisor in the writing process).

Students who submit their thesis before December 31st 2020 can freely choose which format they wish to be examined under. Students who submit their thesis after December 31st 2020 will be examined under the new system.

Old style thesis defence

This has a classical format, e.g. abstract, introduction, literature review, materials and methods, results and discussion. Only the written thesis is examined. Pro Gradu mark scheme

New style thesis defence

  • The student produces a written thesis that comprises: Abstract (max 1 page), introduction (max 1 page), literature report (max 25 pages including any figures/tables), aims and objectives (max 1 page), results summary (max 2 pages, including any figures/tables), conclusions (max 2 pages, including any figures/tables) and an appendix comprised of the presentation (see next point).
  • The student prepares a 20 minute presentation on the work undertaken. A printout of this forms the appendix to the thesis
  • There is a one hour session where the student presents to two senior examiners (who have not read the thesis), followed by an oral examination of the work. The content of the presentation is worth 10 marks from each of the examiners and the presentation style 5 marks. The oral examination is worth 15 marks from each of the examiners

The marks from the examiners are combined and converted into the final grade (New Pro Gradu mark scheme)

BEFORE STARTING

  • Students are allowed to do their MSc thesis work at any university or research institute. The MSc thesis work can also be undertaken in a company, but the work must be research based. Students are encouraged to undertake the thesis work in one of the leading research groups in the sub-discipline they are interested in wherever it is located in the world.
  • You can start the experimental work after you have completed 30 study points of MSc studies.
  • Fill in the Pro gradu experimental work–form and remember the starting date and supervisor’s signature. Kaisa Tuominen or Jari Heikkinen will check the studies and take a copy of the form.
  • Before starting the experimental part of the Pro gradu students must present a short research proposal to the Project Co-ordinator (Alexander Kastaniotis). The proposal should be submitted at least 2 weeks before you plan to start and must be approved BEFORE starting the work. The proposal will be checked to ensure that the research has been well planned in advance.
  • The proposal is written in English by the student.
  • The proposal, typically two-three pages, has free format but it should include:
    •  The students name and contact information
    •  Start and end date of the project and the proposed number of credits
    •  Supervisor(s) names and titles and the place where the work will be undertaken
    • Half to one page of background information (Why this project is important?)
    • About one page of experimental details (Purpose of the work, methods used in the work)
    •  References

EXPERIMENTAL PART

  • The experimental part takes minimally 3 months and maximally three months plus 18 weeks. The final written thesis must be submitted for review at the latest one year after the beginning of the experimental part, irrespective of the length of the experimental part.
  • We currently have variable size Pro Gradu projects. The project can be between 30-60op (in 5op blocks). The difference comes from the length of the experimental work. A 30op project has 3 months experimental work. Each additional 5op adds 3 weeks of additional experimental work, up to a maximum of 18 additional weeks (an additional 30op). For example, a 45op Pro Gradu project would contain 3 months + 9 weeks of experimental work. Examiners are made aware of the length of the experimental work.
  • The thesis is based on the results obtained during the experimental part. You are allowed (if you want) to include an appendix that includes work after experimental part, but it will not be considered by the examiners in marking the thesis.
  • Exceeding the set times without good reason will result in the work being penalized.
  • If there is a well justified reason for extension, this should be applied from the Project Co-ordinator. Good reasons may be for example sickness, breaking of critical equipment, being unable to obtain essential reagents or any other factors which cause delay through no fault of the student. The request of extension should be signed by student and supervisor. Any extension to the experimental part extends the write up period by the same amount.

Finishing the experimental part

  • Return the Pro gradu experimental work –form with closing date and supervisor’s signature to Kaisa Tuominen (office 25C on Mondays and Tuesdays) in order to receive the credits.

WRITING OF PRO GRADU THESIS

  • The student is responsible for writing his/her thesis and the supervisor's responsibility is to give guidance. The supervisor is not expected to undertake substantial editing or revision of a draft.
  • Each figure that comes from another source must contain in its legend, after the proper citation: "Permission to use the figure has been obtained from the publisher or the publisher has a policy to grant such permission automatically for use in theses". You must acquire permission for the use of copyrighted material (pictures, drawings, maps and photographs) by contacting the publisher. Some journals allow to use their material without permission if proper citation is used. This must then be announced on the web page of the journal. As an example, J. Biol. Chem. follows this policy (http://www.jbc.org/site/misc/Copyright_Permission.xhtml). So, please check this to avoid unnecessarily asking for permissions. Instructions and a template for requesting permission can be found on Oulu University library webpage.
  • In the abstract the student should present and analyze the material, research methods and results of the thesis. The length of the abstract should not exceed one page (font size 12, spacing 1.5). The abstract should provide the following information:
    • The topic of the thesis
    • The subject-matter, material and intention of the research
    • Research methods used (if the research is of a theoretical nature and based on certain written material, the main source books should be mentioned; if the research is of an empirical nature, the methods used should be mentioned)
    • Central research results
    • Conclusions and proposals for action made on the basis of the results
    • Keywords.
  • The thesis must be written in clear formal style that follows norms of written language. The thesis must be formatted to comply the Instructions for writing Pro Grade Thesis. The general presentation (language and layout) is also a marking criteria of the thesis.
  • Instructions for publishing in the series Acta Universities Ouluensis and Oulu University library pages also contain useful information.
  • To see already published Pro gradu thesis, visit library Jultika web pages.

    The supervisor drafts a summary document (maximal one side of A4) to help the examiners. This should include comments on the student’s performance during the project (dexterity in the lab, attendance and enthusiasm, ability to plan experiments, ability to discuss data) and on specialized aspects of the final thesis (breadth and depth of introduction, appropriateness of methodologies, significance of the results obtained etc). This summary should also include details of any problems encountered during the project which should be taken into account e.g. equipment failure, sickness etc. Two copies of this should be passed on to Kaisa Tuominen. Supervisor can send the document also by e-mail Kaisa.Tuominen@oulu.fi.

    THESIS DEFENCE

    There are two formats for the thesis. Students who submit their thesis before December 31st 2020 can choose which format they wish to be examined under. Students who submit their thesis after December 31st 2020 will be examined under the new system.

    Old style thesis defence

    This has a classical format, e.g. abstract, introduction, literature review, materials and methods, results and discussion. Only the written thesis is examined.

    New style thesis defence

    • The student produces a written thesis that comprises: Abstract (max 1 page), introduction (max 1 page), literature report (max 25 pages including any figures/tables), aims and objectives (max 1 page), results summary (max 2 pages, including any figures/tables), conclusions (max 2 pages, including any figures/tables) and an appendix comprised of the presentation (see next point).
    • The student prepares a 20 minute presentation on the work undertaken. A printout of this forms the appendix to the thesis
    • There is a one hour session where the student presents to two senior examiners (who have not read the thesis), followed by an oral examination of the work. The content of the presentation is worth 10 marks from each of the examiners and the presentation style 5 marks. The oral examination is worth 15 marks from each of the examiners

    The marks from the examiners are combined and converted into the final grade

    SUBMITTING THE THESIS FOR REVIEW

    Since it is advised that the supervisor also supervises the writing of the Thesis, it is suggested that the student and the supervisor together make sure that the Thesis is ready for submission by the set deadline, allowing sufficient time for possible corrections, additions and deletions to be made as suggested by the supervisor. Students and supervisors are advised to examine the Pro Gradu mark scheme and the instructions for writing the Pro Gradu thesis before the writing process starts.

    The thesis should be submitted via the Laturi system and, unless the student refuses permission, it will automatically be checked by Urkund plagiarism system.

    • First fill in and send the maturity test to Kaisa Tuominen (Kaisa.Tuominen@oulu.fi).
    • Remind your supervisor to send the supervisor´s statement to Kaisa Tuominen.
    • Kaisa will ask Dean of Education Tuomo Glumoff to nominate the reviewers of your thesis.
    • Kaisa will subsequently fill in the necessary information to WebOodi (your name, title of thesis, name of reviewers).
    • Laturi, the submission tool, receives the basic information from WebOodi during night-time updates and you are able to do the submission on the following day. If you do not see the basic info there, then things are not ready yet (and you may contact Kaisa if you think it is necessary).
    • On the Laturi pages, please watch a 5-minute video on how to do the submission.
    • The thesis must be as a pdf/A type file (not the “normal” pdf) before beginning the submission. Converting Microsoft Word file to pdf/A is instructed in Laturi pages.

    During the submission two choices needs to be done:

    1. Visibility of the thesis:

    • Most of our Theses contain results that will be published in articles.
    • If the work is obtainable freely in the internet, this may compromise getting results published in articles, and also may give advantage to possible competitors.
    • Although legally the student has a copyright to his/her thesis, the student and the supervisor (and often other people) jointly have the copyright to the research results.
    • Therefore in most cases it is the advantage of the student to choose the “not visible in internet” option.
    • The visibility can be changed later on when eventual scientific articles have been published.

    2. Checking of the thesis in the Urgund plagiarism detecting system

    • is highly recommended
    • proves that all students have done a honest work
    • guarantees that no other student or third party later on can misuse your material

    GRADING OF PRO GRADU

    • Remind your supervisor to send their statement to Kaisa Tuominen before submission to Laturi for review.
    • The examination process depends on which thesis style is chosen

    Old style thesis

    • Two independent examiners are appointed by the faculty and they have maximally three weeks’ time to suggest a grade.
    • The thesis is graded 0-5 based on the Pro gradu thesis marking  – scheme.
    • The examiners must also give a written statement to justify their opinion on the grade. In addition, they are obliged to offer the student a chance to receive feedback face to face.
    • The examiners have access to a statement from the supervisor of the student to aid them in their deliberations.
    • Assignment of the final mark proceeds via the Master Degree Program Leader. The student is informed of the grade after that and he/she then also receives the feedback of the examiners.
    • If the student does not agree with the grade, he/she can make a justified appeal to the Dean of Education, who then assigns a third examiner if needed. The appeal is free format, but must contain as detailed justifications as possible about the points the student wants to make. The appeal must be submitted within two weeks of receiving the grading and reviewers’ report.

    New style thesis

    • Two independent examiners are appointed by the faculty to grade the written part of the thesis. They have maximally three weeks’ time to suggest a grade.
    • In addition, two independent examiners are appointed by the faculty to grade the oral part of the thesis. The oral defence should take place within three weeks of appointment of the examiners.
    • The thesis is graded 0-5 based on the New Pro Gradu mark scheme.
    • The examiners must also give a written statement to justify their opinion on the grade. In addition, they are obliged to offer the student a chance to receive feedback face to face.
    • The examiners have access to a statement from the supervisor of the student to aid them in their deliberations.
    • Assignment of the final mark proceeds via the Master Degree Program Leader. The student is informed of the grade after that and he/she then also receives the feedback of the examiners.
    • If the student does not agree with the grade, he/she can make a justified appeal to the Dean of Education, who then assigns a third examiner if needed. The appeal is free format, but must contain as detailed justifications as possible about the points the student wants to make. The appeal must be submitted within two weeks of receiving the grading and reviewers’ report.

    Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

    Faculty of Humanities

    Oulu Business School

    Master's Thesis process

    At Oulu Business School, the primary master's thesis supervision model is group supervision, which includes seminar work. Supervised master's thesis work in groups starts in autumn and enrolment for the study module will take place according to the instructions provided at the time.  At the initial stage of the group activities, a supervisor will be appointed for each student.

    The supervision process has four stages: Topic selection, research plan, intermediate report and manuscript. Supervision is linked with these stages. During topic selection, students can discuss potential research topics with supervisors, for example, during their consultation hours or using some other agreed method.   Three other stages are primarily based on group supervision as well as individual supervision given within a group.  At these stages, students prepare their work to appropriate stage (research plan, intermediate report, manuscript), draw up the presentation materials and hold a presentation, on which the supervisor and the rest of the group as well as a possible opponent will comment.

    An essential element of group supervision is that students learn by acquainting themselves with the work of other group members and by commenting on them. Other elements of the supervision process include presentation of your own work, performing as an opponent to someone else's work and commenting as a part of group supervision. Drawing up and holding a presentation are a part of the supervision process and supervision of the content of the thesis. In addition to verbal skills, summarizing of the content, pointing out the crucial arguments and the evaluation of your own work and the research process are crucial in the drawing up and holding the presentation with regard to content and supervision. In exceptional cases, the supervisor may organise return points related to these stages in other ways besides seminar presentations. Also in these cases, students provide the supervisor/the group in its entirety with the presentation and the abstract of that particular stage of the thesis for commenting. However, oral presentation of the thesis is required at the latest in the intermediate or manuscript stage in order to evaluate oral presentation skills (a measuring point of the learning objective of the master's degree programme).

    Consequently, students commit to prepare three reports with presentations advancing the thesis work, perform as opponents to another student's thesis at least once and prepare a opponent report (A4 sheet) for the student whose work is discussed and to participate in seminar work in manner agreed with the supervisor.  Supervisors commit to comment on students' reports and presentations and, when needed, to provide additional supervision during their consultation hours and in accordance with their resources.

    Individual work

    Students, who do not participate in the above supervision process, may also work on their thesis independently.   In this case, the student forgoes the right for supervision in accordance with the supervision process. In independent work, students must have their research topic approved by the thesis supervisor appointed to them when they enrol for master's thesis work. After this, the student will work on the thesis independently. The supervisor will be normally available during consultation hours and during these meetings students will have the opportunity to present questions which the supervisor will answer based on information provided by the student. As a rule, these meetings do not include actual reading and commenting of the thesis. Once the student has finished the manuscript, he or she has to present it in a thesis seminar selected by the supervisor in order to evaluate his or her oral presentation skills.  The supervisor will give his or her comments on the manuscript after which the the student continues to work on the thesis in the way chosen by him or her and will deliver the thesis to the supervisor, wo will give a permission to upload the thesis in Laturi or demand additional corrections in the thesis.

    In this alternative, students commit to working on their thesis independently and preparing a presentation based on their manuscript. Supervisors commit to answering questions presented by the student during their consultation hours and reading and commenting on the manuscript and presentation by the student.

    As a rule, both the supervised master's thesis work and independent work follow the same schedule according to which a master's thesis will be completed in one academic year.

    Enrolment for Master's Thesis

    Students of all OBS Master’s Programs register for Master’s Thesis work for the academic year of 2020-2021 with a common electronic form, which can be found https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/E3F95F094FBC1DA1 .  Deadline of the registration is 10.6.2020. Supervisor for the thesis is named according to these registrations. If you have already registered earlier, have a supervisor and your Thesis work is going on, you do not have to register again. If you need more information, please take contact to following people:

    Financial and Management Accounting: Hannele Kantola (hannele.kantola@oulu.fi)
    Economics: Sanna Huikari (snna.huikari@oulu.fi )
    International Business Management: Sakari Sipola (sakari.sipola@oulu.fi )
    Finance: Petri Sahlström (petri.sahlstrom@oulu.fi )
    Marketing: Mari Juntunen (mari.juntunen@oulu.fi )

    While the actual seminars and meetings for Master’s thesis will start in autumn 2020, as you will be given the supervisor now enables you to ponder and discuss the thesis topic with your supervisor already before next autumn

    General information session concerning Master thesis is kept on Friday 29th of May 2020 at 10.00-11.00.

    Program-specific info lectures about Master’s Thesis work are:      

    • Finance 29.5. at 11.00-12.00 (721950S  Master's Thesis in Finance)
    • Financial and Management Accounting 29.5. at 11.00-12.00 (721130S Accounting Master's Thesis in FMA)
    • International Business Management 3.6. at 13.00-14.00  (721530S  Master’s Thesis in International Business Management)
    • Marketing 29.5. at 12.00-13.00 (721430S Master's Thesis in Marketing)
    • Economics (721330S  Master’s Thesis in Economics); Please take contact to prof. Marko Korhonen, marko.korhonen@oulu.fi 

    Master's Thesis seminars

    The stages and schedule of Master's Thesis work

    Three mandatory reports:

    • Research plan (approx. 5 pages)
    • Intermediate report (approx. 30–40 pp. ~ theoretical part)
    • Manuscript (approx. 60–80 pp. ~ all chapters written once)

    Supervisors will comment on these, which will help the work forward

    Oral presentation will be evaluated during the presentation of either the intermediate report or the manuscript.

    Instructions for opponents

    • Study the important research elements of the work in accordance with the evaluation criteria of master's theses and name two merits and two development suggestions related to the work.  Present and provide grounds for these four issues during your own turn in the seminar.
    • Prepare also an A4 document where you can collect various observations for the thesis writer (e.g. about mistakes, etc.)

    Tools and Instructions

    Instructions for thesis work

    Oulu Business School guidelines for writing a Bachelor´s or Master´s thesis (in English)

    A Microsoft Word template that can be used when writing a thesis, containing the correct page setup, styles and formatting:

    Abstract template for a Master's thesis written in English:

    Cover page for thesis written in English:

    • Cover page (rtf) (If not using the MS Word template; Cover page is included in the MS Word Thesis template)

    Evaluation of the Master's Thesis

    Evaluation of the Master's thesis is done according to Evaluation rubric.

    In addition written and oral communication skills are evaluated in order to measure the learning goal of the master's program (these evaluations do not affect the grade of the thesis):

    Published master´s thesis

    Published master’s theses of Oulu Business School are available in Jultika – the open access repository.

     

    Health Sciences

    For further information and guidelines for the Master's thesis in health sciences, please contact your thesis supervisor.

    Computer Science and Engineering

    Thesis Process

    Instructions and forms

    Who can supervise master's thesis?

     

    Master's thesis plays a significant part in the master's studies. Its purpose is to prepare the student to work independently and to think critically. Therefore, guidance plays a smaller part than in the previous studies. Typically, a relatively extensive technical solution is developed in a master’s thesis. Even though some additional courses from the field of the thesis are sometimes demanded, the purpose is to get the student to use mainly the skills and knowledge acquired during her/his previous studies. In addition, the master's thesis trains the student in technical and scientific documentation.

    Thesis Process: Process Diagram

    Figure 1 below presents the general thesis process, with emphasis on the administrative issues and supervision. The process starts with defining the topic of the thesis and applying a formal approval for the topic from the degree programme committee head. You need to define the topic together with the customer and the supervisors. The topic, customer, and supervisors are filled into the form that is used to apply the approval of the topic.

    Thesis process

    The main part of the work is performed at the second stage, in writing the thesis and performing the actual work, for example, designing, building and testing a piece of software. When the thesis is ready, it is reviewed by the supervisors and modified by the student as necessary. When the supervisor gives permission, the student delivers the completed thesis to the Laturi system. At this stage, the student also needs to apply the degree certificate and perform some other tasks that are required from graduating students. The supervisors obtain the thesis from the archive and evaluate it. The degree programme committee accepts the grade and the faculty grants the degree.

    The degree certificate needs to applied at least two weeks before the degree programme committee meeting dealing with the thesis. The thesis needs to be delivered to Laturi at least ten days before the meeting. More instructions on Laturi can be found from http://laturi.oulu.fi. The customer's evaluation form needs to be delivered at least one week before the meeting.

    NB: The thesis topic needs to be entered into WebOodi, before the thesis can be delivered to Laturi. Starting in January 2013, thesis information will be entered to WebOodi automatically after the topic has been accepted by the degree programme head. For topics approved before 2013, please check from the study affairs office that your topic has been entered to WebOodi.

    Studying after graduation?

    Yes, you can continue studying after getting the M.Sc. degree and target Ph.D. degree.  See the page about postgraduate studies.

    Instructions and forms

    The Master’s Thesis Guide is the most important source of information, in addition to these pages, the supervisors, and the study affairs office:

    Word document templates can be found here:

    Latex template for the Master's Thesis can be found from Overleaf.

      The rest of this page lists milestones of thesis work; with short instructions and required forms for each of them.

      Applying the Topic

      Approval for the topic and permission to write in English is applied with the following forms:

      The student returns the forms to the Academic Affairs Service desk (Compass service point at 10-14) or electronically using the student's e-mail to address study.itee(a)oulu.fi

      Writing the Thesis

      Please follow the instructions given in the Master's Thesis Guide. You can use the following title page template, or produce a similar one yourself:

      NB: The old title pages meant for the bound theses are not valid anymore. Electronic versions containing old type of title pages can not be accepted but the title page has to be corrected.

      Delivering the Thesis

      When the supervisor has given a permission, you need to deliver the thesis to the Laturi system - detailed instructions are available at Laturi's own web pages. When the thesis has been accepted, it is transferred to the university's archive and to the Jultika repository. The thesis will be publicly available on the internet, if you permit this wide publicity when delivering the thesis to Laturi. If not, the thesis will be available only at the Jultika workstations at the university libraries.

      NB: Thesis already bound (i.e. bound before 2013) can be delivered to the study affairs office as such. In such case, there is no need to deliver the thesis to Laturi.

      Evaluation

      The supervisor and the second examiner fetch the thesis from Laturi and evaluate it according to the following guidelines and write the evaluation to the following form:

      It is a good idea to check from the instructions what is required for the best grades!

      You need to deliver the following form to the customer (when not the department), who then writes thesis evaluation into this form:

      Applying Degree Certificate

      You need to attend the maturity test, and return all university library books, as well as keys, equipment, machinery, and tools belonging to the university.

      Application for degree studies is made in the OSAT system at the end of the studies, when all the studies included in the degree have been completed and see in WebOodi.

      Timetable for graduation during academic year 2020-2021

      There is no graduation ceremony in July. Students are welcome to join ceremony in August.

      Deadline for the thesis in LATURI Master´s or Bachelor's thesis in TUTO meeting Deadline for the degree certificate application Graduation date Graduation ceremony, the degree certificate is available
      13.8.2020 20.8.2020 Mon 24.8.2020 Mon 31.8.2020 Thur 17.9.2020
      10.9.2020 17.9.2020 Wed 23.9.2020 Wed 30.9.2020 Thur 15.10.2020
      8.10.2020 15.10.2020 Sat 24.10.2020 Sat 31.10.2020 Thur 19.11.2020
      12.11.2020 19.11.2020 Mon 23.11.2020 Mon 30.11.2020 Thur 17.12.2020
      10.12.2020 17.12.2020 Thur 24.12.2020 Thur 31.12.2020 Thur 14.1.2021
      14.1.2021 21.1.2021 Sun 24.1.2021 Sun 31.1.2021 Thur 18.2.2021
      11.2.2021 18.2.2021 Sun 21.2.2021 Sun 28.2.2021 Tur 18.3.2021
      11.3.2021 18.3.2021 Wed 24.3.2021 Wed 31.3.2021 Thur 15.4.2021
      8.4.2021 15.4.2021 Fri 23.4.2021 Fri 30.4.2021 Thur 20.5.2021
      13.5.2021 20.5.2021 Mon 24.5.2021 Mon 31.5.2021 Thur 17.6.2021
      10.6.2021 17.6.2021 Wed 23.6.2021 Wed 30.6.2021 Thur 15.7.2021 (no ceremony)
      10.6.2021 17.6.2021 Sat 24.7.2021 Sat 31.7.2021 Thur 19.8.2021

      The last event in your M.Sc. studies is the graduation ceremony (Publiikki) where you will receive the degree certificate. You are supposed to dress formal black and you can have two guests. You will get an Alumni Pin. You can register to Publiikki, when you made applying for a degree in the OSAT system. 

      Feedback Questionnaire for those about to graduate and already graduated students

      Please answer the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland organization (TEK) survey:

      The data will be used to develop The Computer Science and Engineering Degree Programme. Thank you in advance for your feedback! 

      Master's degree graduation schedule

      The Degree Program Committee (TUTO) meets about once a month (not July). At the beginning of the work The Degree Program Committee (TUTO I meeting) accepts the topic application form and the evaluated thesis. In addition, The Degree Program Committee (TUTO II meeting) will grant the degree based on the degree certificate request. Below is a scheduled checklist for the student and the supervisor. Check how much processing time is needed before the selected TUTO I and TUTO II meetings.

      1. STUDENT: Topic application 1 week before TUTO I (submit to the room TS107)
      2. SUPERVISOR: The supervisor gives permission to download the final thesis into Laturi by sending a message to study.itee@oulu.fi . Information to be provided in the message: Supervisor name and research unit, Second reviewer name, Student name, Title of thesis in Finnish and English (international students, English only), Thesis language (Finnish or English), it is a Bachelor's Thesis or a Master's Thesis. 10 calendar days before TUTO II
      3. SUPERVISOR AND STUDENT: Maturity test in examinarium.
      4. STUDENT: Thesis into Laturi 1 week before TUTO II
      5. SUPERVISOR AND SECOND REVIEWER: Evaluation of the thesis (Evaluation Form and Related Instructions). The completed evaluation form will be sent to the Student Affairs Office no later than 3 working days before TUTO II
      6. STUDENT, GRADUATION: Degree certificate application (OSAT), when all the studies included in the degree have been completed and see in WebOodi. The application should be accompanied by PSP approved by your tutor teacher (or education designer).
      7. STUDENT: The degree is given in “Publiikki” or it can be picked up from a study office on the Publiikki day if you do not go in Publiikki.

      Maturity tests will be sent to the Examinarium from now on. Please sign in at: https://exam.oulu.fi/. Instructions are available at: https://www.oulu.fi/forstudents/e-exam (for students) and https://patio.oulu.fi/fi/palvelut-ja-ohjeet/koulutuksen-palvelut/opetuksen-tuki/sahkoinen-tentti (for teacher)

      The codes for CSE maturity tests:

      • 521008A  Computer Science and Engineering, The Maturity Test for Bachelor’s Degree 
      • 521009S  Computer Science and Engineering , The Maturity Test for Master`s Degree 

      Who can supervise master’s theses?

      1. Thesis supervisor (valvoja) can be a CSE, EE, or DCE professor, or a postdoc currently working at CSE
      2. Second examiner (toinen tarkastaja) can be a CSE professor, a professor from other fields (no restrictions to the field), or a postdoc currently working at CSE.
      3. Either the supervisor or the second examiner has to be a CSE professor, Docent, Senior Research Fellow or experienced Postdoctoral Researcher. However, also a member of CSE personnel who has previously been a CSE professor, can act in CSE professor's role in thesis supervision.
      4. A postdoc acting as the supervisor must have earlier experience on acting as the second examiner.
      5. Technical supervisor must have at least an M.Sc. degree.
      DCE = Department of Communications Engineering
      EE = Department of Electrical Engineering

       

      Eligible supervisors and second examiners from CSE

      Professors and postdocs listed below can supervise master theses. When a supervisor's expertise macthes your topic, please ask the supervisor in question first.

       

      Supervisor

      Expertise

       
      Alavesa, Paula location based mobile games, location-based media, virtual environments, mobile augmented reality, game design, game user research, player experience  
      Bordallo Lopez, Miguel computer vision, mobile/embedded vision, parallel programming, GP-GPU, vision systems engineering, real-time systems, thermal/infrared imaging, vision for healthcare/wellness, panorama imaging and multi-frame reconstruction  (Only in English)  
      Celentano, Ulrico interaction of natural and artificial intelligent entities incl. human-technology interaction, Internet of things, systems modelling, dependability, privacy protection. (Myös suomenkieliset työt)  

      Ferreira, Denzil

      human-computer interaction, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, context-awareness, mobile instrumentation (Only in English)

       
      Ferreira, Eija Machine learning, data mining, wearable sensors, physiological measurements, modeling of humans, ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, industrial applications, data quality  

      Georgiev, Georgi

      Design creativity and design thinking topics, especially related to 3D fabrication, prototyping, and process of idea generation. (Only in English)

       
      Gilman, Ekaterina Ubiquitous computing, context-awareness, context modelling and reasoning, intelligent transportation systems (data management and analysis, applications). (Only in English)  

      Heikkilä, Janne

      machine vision, digital image processing, digital video processing, pattern recognition, statistical signal processing, signal analysis. (Finnish and English)

       
      Hosio, Simo Crowdsourcing, decision-making, public displays, digital advertising, human computer interaction.  

      Keskinarkaus, Anja

      multimedia, digital watermarking of audio, speech and images, digital watermarking methods for printouts, mobile applications taking advantage of watermarking methods. (Finnish and English)

       

      Kortelainen, Jukka

      biomedical engineering, neuroscience, pattern recognition, signal processing. (Finnish and English)

       
      Kostakos, Panos Digital Humanities, computational criminology, crime sensing, human security, data mining, machine learning, decision support systems (Only in English)  
      Leppänen, Teemu internet of things, edge computing, embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, mobile computing, REST, distributed systems  

      Ojala, Timo

      networking, Internet, distributed systems, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, multimedia, HCI. (Finnish and English)

       

      Oussalah, Mourad

      Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Social Network, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence. (Only in English)  
      Partala, Juha

      cryptography, cryptographic protocols, computational complexity, analysis of algorithms, information theory, biometric authentication, signal processing

       
      Peltonen, Ella ubiquitous computing, mobile computing, Internet of Things, crowdsensing, data analysis and applied machine learning, recommendation systems (Finnish and English)  

      Pirttikangas, Susanna

      situation awareness, context-aware computing, machine learning, pattern recognition, biometric identification, big data, open data, data mining, visual data mining, sensor signal processing, data analysis, internet of things, modelling user context and routines, activity reconition, gesture recognition, context-aware applications, sentient artefacts, intelligent transport. (Finnish and English)

       
      Pouke, Matti Virtual Reality, 3D Virtual Environments, Presence and Plausibility, Cybersickness, Scale-Varying Virtual Reality.  

      Riekki, Jukka

      embedded software, Internet of Things, ubiquitous/pervasive computing, mobile computing, Internet applications, physical user interfaces, Web Services, knowledge-based systems, cloud computing. (Finnish and English)

       

      Röning, Juha

      embedded systems, software security, intelligent systems, robotics, data mining, big data. (Finnish and English)

       
      Sangi, Pekka computer vision, pattern recognition, signal processing  

      Seppänen, Tapio

      biomedical engineering, biomedical signal analysis and pattern recognition. (Finnish and English)

       

      Silvén, Olli

      signal processing, imaging, embedded systems, hardware architectures, machine vision, video coding, energy efficiency, real-time systems. (Finnish and English)

       
      Suomalainen, Markku Mobile robotics, robotic assembly, compliant and shared control, robot teleoperation, telepresence, human-robot interaction, learning from human demonstration, reinforcement learning, virtual reality, cybersickness  
      Suutala, Jaakko machine learning, statistical signal processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, sensor and data fusion, data analysis, probabilistic modelling, big data, location and context sensing, robotics, computer vision  
      Tamminen, Satu data mining, big data, data analysis, data science, descriptive and predictive modelling, industrial statistics, internet of things, machine learning, pattern recognition, quality improvement, statistical modelling  
      Tuovinen, Lauri knowledge discovery and data mining, databases and knowledge bases, knowledge representation and semantic computing, software engineering and software architecture, security and privacy in information systems, social and philosophical issues in computing  
      Visuri, Aku human-computer interaction, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, context-awareness, mobile instrumentation, attention, machine learning, wearable technologies, smart technologies

      Zhao, Guoying

      digital image & video processing, human motion tracking, action recognition, facial expression and micro-expression analysis, dynamic texture analysis, lip-reading, expressional face/lip animation, biometrics, surveillance. (Only in English)

      Information Processing Science

      Evaluation Procedure and Requirements for Inspectors

      A Master's Thesis is evaluated by the Degree Programme Committee in the Department of Information Processing Science. Two inspectors, of which another is typically a supervisor, write a statement and propose a grade according to evaluation criteria (see instructions for theses). The Study Evaluation Group makes the decision. A student may request correction from the university examination board within 14 days from the day he/she was able to receive the results of the evaluation.

      The deadlines for delivering a thesis for evaluation are in the Degree Programme Committee's page.

      Requirements for Inspectors

      Proposed Grade Requirement for Inspectors
      1 Both holding at least master's degree
      2
      3
      4 One holding at least doctor's degree,
      another holding at least master's degree
      5

      If the proposed grade is 5, the evaluation requires two Study Evaluation Group meetings as follows:

      • In the first meeting, the Study Evaluation Group nominates a third inspector that is a professor, a docent, a doctor or a person holding equal competence. The third inspector must have adequate expertise on the domain of the thesis and/or the methods used in the thesis.
      • In the second meeting, the Study Evaluation Group decides the grade based on the statements.

      Students and supervisors must take into account the time taken by the evaluation procedure.

      For additional information, see Master's thesis seminar. (to be updated)

       

       

      Formal Instructions for Theses IPS

      Thesis template IPS

      Thesis Supervisors and Topics

       

      Maturity Test for The Degree of Master of Science

      In case the student has in the course of his/her completed Bachelor level studies (or in the completed studies in a college or in the Master level studies) written a maturity test and proved his/her language skills in Finnish or Swedish, an abstract of the Master’s thesis will be accepted as showing the required competence instead of writing the text for the maturity test. The student has to write the abstract in a separate form that includes special guidelines for the maturity test. In this case the text does not have to prove the language skills of the student in Finnish or Swedish. However, the text must still show knowledge of the student's field of study.

      The abstract must include

      • the topic of the study;

      • the object of the study, material used and the aim of the study;

      • research methods used (If the study is theoretical in nature and is based on literature, the student must mention the most significant source texts. In case the study is empirical in nature, the student must mention the research methods used.);

      • the essential results of the study;

      • conclusion and suggestions for future actions based on the results; and

      • keywords.

      The abstract must fit on one page (font size 12, line height 1,5) and it has a cover sheet that needs to be signed by the student. Otherwise, the abstract is free-from and there is no official template.

      In the abstract the student will showcase and analyse the material of his/her study, research methods and results according to the guidelines above. The supervisor or faculty members who have been appointed to that role will assess the text written for the maturity test. The supervisor signs the abstract and delivers it to the secretary of Study assessment group (OAR). Finally, OAR will accept the maturity test. The text will be assessed with a pass/fail grading. No credits will be given for completing the maturity test.

      If the student has not demonstrated his/her language skills in Finnish or Swedish in his/her Bachelor's degree, or in some other his/her basic degree, the student must take the maturity test as required for the Bachelor's degree. In this case the student must demonstrate the required level of language. The rules for choosing the language are the same as for Bachelor's degree.

      Electronics and Communications Engineering

      Instruction of the Master’s thesis for ECE, WCE and Electronics study programs

      This page describes how to make a Master’s thesis and how to apply a degree in Degree Programmes in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE), Wireless Communications Engineering (WCE) and Electronics. There exists a separate guideline for writing of the thesis.

      1. How and where to acquire Master’s thesis topic

      • By following notices of companies, research centres and universities

      • By contacting employers, professors, research group leaders and lecturers

      • Own unpaid topic is an option

      Information for you: Master's Thesis Topics for ECE/WCE/Electronics Students

       2. Selection of the supervisor

      Contact persons of the study programs will help you in this matter.

      • Matti Isohookana (ECE, WCE-DD)

      • Kari Kärkkäinen (WCE)

      • Marko Neitola (Electronics)

      (email firstname.surname@oulu.fi)

      3. Kick-off meeting with supervisor

      In the kick-off meeting a topic, a technical supervisor and a time schedule of the thesis are defined and evaluation instructions of the thesis are looked through. The technical supervisor is nominated if the thesis will be done outside of the University. Also, a MSc thesis evaluation form and its appendix 1 has be to be filled.

      Links: MSc Thesis Topic Application Form, MSc Thesis Evaluation Form, Master Thesis Guidelines

      4. Application for Master’s thesis topic

      A student takes the signed application form to the secretary of the degree programme in the office of the faculty of ITEE.

      Link: ITEE MSc Thesis Topic Application Form

      5. Approval of the thesis topic, nomination of the supervisor, second examiner and technical supervisor

      A director of the degree programme confirms the topic and nominates the supervisor, second examiner and technical supervisor.

      6. Thesis work and writing the thesis

      A practical part as well as writing of the thesis will be done in guidance of the nominated persons (see item 5) and according master thesis guidelines.

      Links: Master Thesis Word Template, Master Thesis Guidelines

      7. Master’s thesis Seminar

      All students of ECE, WCE and Electronics study program who follow study structure of the year 2015 or later will prepare a seminar presentation from his/her Master's thesis and present it in a master thesis seminar.

      Link: Electronics and Communications seminar

      8. Uploading of the thesis to the Laturi

      When the supervisor thinks that the thesis is ready for examination, he/she will give a permission to upload the thesis to Laturi by sending a message to study.itee@oulu.fi . The message has to contain following information: Name of the supervisor and his/her research unit, name of the second examiner, name of the student, title of the thesis in English, (language of the thesis) and is it question about Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

      The message has to be sent a week before the meeting day of the Degree Programme Committee (TOTO) in order the uploading of the thesis to Laturi is possible. The supervisor and the student will compose an abstract form of the Master’s thesis and the student will take it to the office of the faculty of ITEE. The student will upload the thesis to the Laturi according separate instructions.

      Links: Schedule of the uploading, MSc thesis abstract form, Laturi instructions

      9. Maturity test and its evaluation

      The supervisor creates a maturity test as an E-exam and inform the student about it. The student complete this test in an Examinarium. The supervisor grades and locks the test in E-exam system. The grade will move automatically to the queuing process of the Weboodi and further for student’s information. During the Covid-19 pandemic, an abstract of the master's thesis will replace maturity test.

      10. Statement of the technical supervisor

      The student takes an evaluation form for client to his/her technical supervisor, and the technical supervisor gives it back filled to the supervisor.

      Linkki: Evaluation form for client

      11. Inspection of the Master’s thesis

      The director of the degree programme, the supervisor and the second examiner download the thesis from Laturi and go through results of the plagiarism inspection. The supervisor and the second examiner create a proposal for the inspection of the thesis to the evaluation form of the Master’s thesis, and take it to the secretary of the degree programme in the office of the ITEE by the deadline.

      Links: MSc thesis evaluation form, Master’s thesis evaluation grounds

      12. Evaluation of the Master’s thesis

      A committee of the degree programme grades the thesis based on the statement of supervisor and the second examiner, and takes the final grade to the office of ITEE for file.

      The student has a right to make a request for rectification concerning grading to the Board of Examiners during 14 days the information is available in Weboodi.  Koulutuksen johtosääntö 24 §.

      Architecture

       

      DIPLOMA WORK (MSc THESIS) GUIDELINES Oulu School of Architecture

      Master’s thesis i.e. diploma work in architecture is a research-based (artistic or theoretical) study unit included in the advanced level studies of the master’s (architect’s) degree. The extent of the thesis is 30 credits (30 ECTS).

      The diploma work is carried out individually by the student. Responsibility for the quality and outcome of the work always remains with the author. The Supervisor ensures that the work fulfils the minimum requirements set for diploma projects.

      Please, find the detailed diploma work instructions 2020 for the Oulu School of Architecture in the above link (title of this paragraph).

      The student has to have the title of his/her thesis approved by the Study Programme Committee of the School before the planned diploma presentation by sending the application to study.architecture@oulu.fi one week before the preceeding committee meeting .

      The OSA education committee will meet in the spring semester 2020 on the following Mondays: 20.1./ 10.2. / 16.3. / 20.4. / 25.5. / 15.6. (on reserve)

      Application for diploma thesis subject_OSA

      THE DIPLOMA SEMINARS AT THE OULU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, SPRING SEMESTER 2020:

      February 2020 seminar: Wednesday 26.2.2020

      April 2020 seminar: Wednesday 8.4.2020

      May 2020 seminar: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 18.-20.5.2020

       

      Medical and Wellness Technology

      The degree programme in Medical and Wellness Technology follows General instructions on publication of the theses prepared in the degree programmes at the Faculty of Medicine (instructions for now in Finnish only).

      In addition the students of the programme will follow the listed process in preparing the thesis:

      Master's thesis (30 ECTS):

      The code for the Master´s Thesis is the same with the Master´s Programme in Biomedical Engineering, that is, 580213S Master's Thesis in Biomedical Engineering 30 ECTS = 810 hours of work. In addition, the degree programme in Medical and Wellness Technology includes in PSP also 580214S Study Plan of the Thesis 5 ECTS, so total extent of Study Plan + Master's thesis is 35 ECTS = 945 hours of work)

      Remember to register to the course(s) in WebOodi!

      1. Choosing the Topic

          - You will find list of already available topics in programmes Moodle work space. You can also ask research groups and companies for suggestions. Check also suitable ones from Aarresaari.

      2. Topic Proposal (Discuss with the supervisor)
          - Application for Topic Proposal

      3. Writing a study plan
          - Guidelines for study plan

      (If you have 580214S Study Plan of the Thesis 5 ECTS in your PSP, you will get the credits after you have presented the study plan in BME seminar. Form: Examiner's statement on Master's thesis study plan)

      4. Writing a thesis (Takes approx. 4-6 months)
          - General guidelines
          - Template for thesis

      5. Grading and returning to Laturi (Note: you have to reserve about 6 weeks between returning the thesis and graduation, see Graduation: Master´s degree
          - Guidance from laturi.oulu.fi  (Application to load thesis to Laturi)
          - Examiners statement

      Please note that, if you do an article based Thesis, submit only the Thesis part without the article to the Laturi.

      The physical copy of Master's thesis: the study programme pays for 2 copies of the book: one for the student, one for the unit's library. Students can order more copies on one's own account. Instructions on how to order the physical copies, you get by asking Meri Ojakangas (meri.ojakangas@oulu.fi).

      6. Maturity Test and Diploma application

      Until the end of 2020, the M.Sc. thesis abstract will replace the maturity test!

      If you have completed all the studies in your PSP and you are willing to graduate: Check instructions in Graduation: Master´s degree.

      7. Feedback

      Give feedback in University of Oulu feedback system: https://palaute.oulu.fi/ (if the course is not visible, make sure that you have registered to the course in WebOodi).

      For more information contact Anna Maijala or study.medicine@oulu.fi.

      Biomedical Engineering MHSc

      The Master´s Programme in Biomedical Engineering follows General instructions on publication of the theses prepared in the degree programmes at the Faculty of Medicine (instructions in Finnish only).

      In addition the students of the programme will follow the listed process in preparing the thesis:

      Master's thesis (30 ECTS):

      FMED: 580213S Master's Thesis in Biomedical Engineering 30 ECTS = 810 hours of work .

      Remember to register to the course(s) in WebOodi!

      1. Choosing the Topic

          - You will find list of already available topics in programmes Moodle work space. You can also ask research groups and companies for suggestions. Check also suitable ones from Aarresaari.

      2. Topic Proposal (Discuss with the supervisor)
          - Application for Topic Proposal

      3. Writing a study plan
          - Guidelines for study plan

      (If you have 580214S Study Plan of the Thesis 5 ECTS in your PSP, you will get the credits after you have presented the study plan in BME seminar. Form: Examiner's statement on Master's thesis study plan)

      4. Writing a thesis (Takes approx. 4-6 months)
          - General guidelines
          - Template for thesis

      5. Grading and returning to Laturi (Note: you have to reserve about 6 weeks between returning the thesis and graduation, see Graduation: Master´s degree
          - Guidance from laturi.oulu.fi  (Application to load thesis to Laturi)
          - Examiners statement

      Please note that, if you do an article based Thesis, submit only the Thesis part without the article to the Laturi.

      The physical copy of Master's thesis: the study programme pays for 2 copies of the book: one for the student, one for the unit's library. Students can order more copies on one's own account. Instructions on how to order the physical copies, you get by asking Meri Ojakangas (meri.ojakangas@oulu.fi).

      6. Maturity Test and Diploma application

      Until the end of 2020, the M.Sc. thesis abstract will replace the maturity test!

      If you have completed all the studies in your PSP and you are willing to graduate: Check instructions in Graduation: Master´s degree.

      7. Feedback

      Give feedback in University of Oulu feedback system: https://palaute.oulu.fi/ (if the course is not visible, make sure that you have registered to the course in WebOodi).

      For more information kindly contact Anna Maijala or study.medicine@oulu.fi

      Biology

      MSc thesis meetings

      You will have to submit your final version of MSc thesis to Laturi 2-3 weeks before the meeting date

      22.09.2020

      15.10.2020

      18.11.2020

      18.12.2020

      21.01.2021

      18.02.2021

      23.03.2021

      22.04.2021

      20.05.2021

      22.06.2021

      30.06.2021

      Industrial Engineering and Management

      Instructions in Degree Programme of Industrial Engineering and Management

      In Faculty of Technology a congruent form and instructions are used for writing the Master’s thesis.

      Form "Supervising master’s thesis and subject" must be filled at the early state of the process. The information must also be uploaded to the Laturi system.

      Please see below instructions for the contents and structure of the Master’s thesis:

      Once the university supervisor has approved the thesis as completed, the student is given the permission to start the publishing process. Master’s thesis is published in an electronic form through Laturi: All theses must be submitted for evaluation via the Laturi system of the Oulu University Library. If the title of the Master’s thesis changes during Master’s thesis working process, final title can be informed via study.technology(at)oulu.fi.

      Get acquainted also with the evaluation criteria of the Master’s thesis:

      Supervisor:  First save the evaluation document on your own computer and then fill.

      Process and Environmental Engineering

      In Faculty of Technology a congruent form and instructions are used for writing the Master’s thesis.

      Form "Supervising master’s thesis and subject" must be filled at the early state of the process. The information must also be uploaded to the Laturi system.

      Please see below instructions for the contents and structure of the Master’s thesis:

      Once the university supervisor has approved the thesis as completed, the student is given the permission to start the publishing process. Master’s thesis is published in an electronic form through Laturi: All theses must be submitted for evaluation via the Laturi system of the Oulu University Library. If the title of the Master’s thesis changes during Master’s thesis working process, final title can be informed via study.technology(at)oulu.fi.

      Get acquainted also with the evaluation criteria of the Master’s thesis:

      Supervisor:  First save the evaluation document on your own computer and then fill.

      Brochure to help the planning of the Master's thesis 

      Mechanical Engineering

      Instructions in Mechanical Engineering Degree Programme

      In Faculty of Technology a congruent form and instructions are used for writing the Master’s thesis.

      Form "Supervising master’s thesis and subject" must be filled at the early state of the process. The information must also be uploaded to the Laturi system.

      Please see below instructions for the contents and structure of the Master’s thesis:

      Once the university supervisor has approved the thesis as completed, the student is given the permission to start the publishing process. Master’s thesis is published in an electronic form through Laturi: All theses must be submitted for evaluation via the Laturi system of the Oulu University Library. If the title of the Master’s thesis changes during Master’s thesis working process, final title can be informed via study.technology(at)oulu.fi.

      Get acquainted also with the evaluation criteria of the Master’s thesis:

      Supervisor:  First save the evaluation document on your own computer and then fill.

      Biomedical Engineering MSc (Tech)

      Master's thesis plays a significant part in the master's studies. Its purpose is to prepare the student to work independently and to think critically. Therefore, guidance plays a smaller part than in the previous studies. Typically, a relatively extensive technical solution is developed in a master’s thesis. Even though some additional courses from the field of the thesis are sometimes demanded, the purpose is to get the student to use mainly the skills and knowledge acquired during her/his previous studies. In addition, the master's thesis trains the student in technical and scientific documentation.

      Thesis Process: Process Diagram

      Figure 1 below presents the general thesis process, with emphasis on the administrative issues and supervision. The process starts with defining the topic of the thesis and applying a formal approval for the topic from the degree programme committee head. You need to define the topic together with the customer and the supervisors. The topic, customer, and supervisors are filled into the form that is used to apply the approval of the topic.

      Thesis process

      The main part of the work is performed at the second stage, in writing the thesis and performing the actual work, for example, designing, building and testing a piece of software. When the thesis is ready, it is reviewed by the supervisors and modified by the student as necessary. When the supervisor gives permission, the student delivers the completed thesis to the Laturi system. At this stage, the student also needs to apply the degree certificate and perform some other tasks that are required from graduating students. The supervisors obtain the thesis from the archive and evaluate it. The degree programme committee accepts the grade and the faculty grants the degree.

      The degree certificate needs to applied at least two weeks before the degree programme committee meeting dealing with the thesis. The thesis needs to be delivered to Laturi at least ten days before the meeting. More instructions on Laturi can be found from http://laturi.oulu.fi. The customer's evaluation form needs to be delivered at least one week before the meeting.

      NB: The thesis topic needs to be entered into WebOodi, before the thesis can be delivered to Laturi. Starting in January 2013, thesis information will be entered to WebOodi automatically after the topic has been accepted by the degree programme head.

      Studying after graduation?

      Yes, you can continue studying after getting the M.Sc. degree and target Ph.D. degree.  See the page about postgraduate studies.

      Instructions and forms

      The Master’s Thesis Guide is the most important source of information, in addition to these pages, the supervisors, and the study affairs office:

      Word document templates can be found here:

      Latex template for the Master's Thesis can be found from Overleaf.

        The rest of this page lists milestones of thesis work; with short instructions and required forms for each of them.

        Applying the Topic

        Approval for the topic and permission to write in English is applied with the following forms:

        The student returns the forms to the Academic Affairs Service desk (Compass service point at 10-14) or electronically using the student's e-mail to address study.itee(a)oulu.fi

        Writing the Thesis

        Please follow the instructions given in the Master's Thesis Guide. You can use the following title page template, or produce a similar one yourself:

        Delivering the Thesis

        When the supervisor has given a permission, you need to deliver the thesis to the Laturi system - detailed instructions are available at Laturi's own web pages. When the thesis has been accepted, it is transferred to the university's archive and to the Jultika repository. The thesis will be publicly available on the internet, if you permit this wide publicity when delivering the thesis to Laturi. If not, the thesis will be available only at the Jultika workstations at the university libraries.

        Evaluation

        The supervisor and the second examiner fetch the thesis from Laturi and evaluate it according to the following guidelines and write the evaluation to the following form:

        It is a good idea to check from the instructions what is required for the best grades!

        You need to deliver the following form to the customer (when not the department), who then writes thesis evaluation into this form:

        Civil Engineering

        A Master's thesis is a research project in which student utilizes theory and research methods of the study field. The scope of the thesis is normally about 30 credits, which means about six months of full-time studying. Usually the thesis and possible thesis-related seminar work are scheduled in the last studying year. The seminar work is organized by the supervisor, who is usually the professor of the field. The length of a master's thesis is typically 50-80 pages, but more detailed instructions and learning objectives are written in the curriculum of each degree programme. The completed Master's thesis will be reviewed at Urkund plagiarism checker and then published after approval in the Laturi database. The faculty's dean of education or the degree programme committee accepts the theses. Students can read previously published master's theses at the Pegasus library. A Master student is also required to complete a maturity test. The maturity test is a written exam which evaluates the students command of the research topic and proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English.

        Read also: Thesis as a project-based work

        - Please, answer this enquiry concerning the guidebook above

        You can find instructions specific to your own study programme below.

         

        In Faculty of Technology a congruent form and instructions are used for writing the Master’s thesis.

        Form "Supervising master’s thesis and subject" must be filled at the early state of the process. The information must also be uploaded to the Laturi system.

        Please see below instructions for the contents and structure of the Master’s thesis:

        Once the university supervisor has approved the thesis as completed, the student is given the permission to start the publishing process. Master’s thesis is published in an electronic form through Laturi: All theses must be submitted for evaluation via the Laturi system of the Oulu University Library. If the title of the Master’s thesis changes during Master’s thesis working process, final title can be informed via study.technology(at)oulu.fi.

        Get acquainted also with the evaluation criteria of the Master’s thesis:

        Supervisor:  First save the evaluation document on your own computer and then fill.

        Brochure to help the planning of the Master's thesis 

        Last updated: 3.2.2021