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 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 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.

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

The MSc thesis is the single most important piece of work undertaken as part of the MSc.  The master thesis work is usually done in research groups of Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, or in some other university or research institute. The research group should be chosen carefully by the student and the work should be planned carefully before starting. You should discuss the project with the group leader. The work can be supervised by professors and docents. 

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 wherever it is located in the world.

The Pro gradu project lasts maximally one year, such that the experimental part takes maximally six months and the 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, and also to make every Pro gradu project comparable in terms of volume. These critical dates will be made known to the reviewers of the Thesis and 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.

The experimental part

  • The experimental part takes maximally six months and the final written thesis must be submitted for review latest one year after the beginning of the experimental part.
  • The thesis is based on the results obtained during the first 6 months after your start date. You are allowed (if you want) to include an appendix that includes work after the 6 months, 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.

Before starting

  • You can start the experimental work while you have 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 the students must present a short research proposal to the Project Co-ordinator (Prof. Lloyd Ruddock). The proposal should be submitted 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 pages, has free format but it should include:
      •  the students name and contact information
      •  start date of the project
      •  supervisor(s) names and titles and the place where the work will be undertaken
      • a 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
      •  If the work is building on previously published results it is useful to include references

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.
  • Laboratory note book must be supplied to the review process, in order to able the reviewers to check experimental details and critical dates.

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 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 ( 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.
  • 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 (link to marking scheme).
  • 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 is visit library Jultika web page.

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

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.

You must be registered as a present student.

  • First fill in and send the maturity test to Kaisa Tuominen (
  • Remind your supervisor to send the supervisor´s statement to Kaisa Tuominen.
  • Kaisa will ask Dean of Education Peppi Karppinen 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

Examining the thesis

The two examiners appointed by the faculty are given maximally three weeks to suggest a grade. They 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 and the laboratory notebook to aid them in their deliberations. If both examiners suggest the same grade, a sub-committee of the faculty education committee (three members) can immediately make the official decision to speed up the process. If the examiners do not agree on the grade, the official decision on the grade, or decision to invite a third examiner, is made in the next scheduled faculty education committee meeting. The grade and the examiners statements are made known to the student as soon as the decision is made.

If the student is not satisfied with the given grade, they can make an appeal. This is free format and must make specific points justifying why the student believes the grade awarded is incorrect. The appeal is addressed to the Dean of Education who will then appoint one or two additional examiners and the final mark will be decided in the next scheduled faculty education committee meeting.

  • Bring the supervisor’s statement and your laboratory note book to Kaisa Tuominen at the same time when your thesis is ready for submission to Laturi for review.
  • 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 and the laboratory notebook to aid them in their deliberations.
  • The official decision regarding the grade will be made by the Faculty Education Committee on the basis of the statements submitted by the examiners. If the examiners do not agree on the grade, the Faculty Education Committee can decide the grade or invite a third examiner. The grade and the examiners statements are made known to the student as soon as the decision is made.
  • If the student is not satisfied with the given grade, they can make an appeal.  This is free format and must make specific points justifying why the student believes the grade awarded is incorrect.
  • The appeal is addressed to the Dean for Education who will then appoint one or two additional examiners and the final mark will be decided in the next scheduled Faculty Education Committee meeting.

Faculty code of practice for Pro Gradu research projects

Pro Gradu mark scheme

Instructions for writing the Pro Gradu thesisExamples of previous Pro gradu work

Printable version of the instructions 

Example of previous Pro gradu work

Pro gradu experimental work form

PDF icon Instructions for writing Pro Grade Thesis

Dissertation literature review (optional in MSc)

The optional dissertation course is a major review of the literature (18 study points) undertaken by a student with guidance from a supervisor who should ideally be a recognized expert in the field. Students are encouraged to find leading experts in the field to guide them.

There is no set timetable for the dissertation and it can be approached as a solid block or as something undertaken part-time over a longer period of time, with the understanding that 18 study point is the equivalent of 12 weeks full-time work by the average student aiming for an average grade.

Unlike the Pro Gradu thesis there are no formal requirements or even guidance for style, length etc. It is up to each individual student and their supervisor to choose a style from an appropriate journal which would publish comprehensive reviews in the field.

As a guide a comprehensive review might be expected to be 15,000 to 30,000 words in length with 200 to 300 references. For some topics and/or journals the dissertation may be considerably outside these guidelines.

Two examiners will be assigned by the faculty and students and supervisors are advised to read the Dissertation marking scheme. There is an appeals procedure similar to that used for the MSc thesis if the student is not satisfied with the given grade. 

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

Supervising master’s thesis and subject -form must be filled at the early state of the process. The information must also be upload to the Laturi system.

You’ll find the instructions about the contents and structure of the Master’s thesis:

Master’s thesis is published in an electric form. Once the university supervisor has approved the thesis as completed, the student is given the permission to start the publishing process. All theses must be submitted for evaluation via the Laturi system of the Oulu University Library. If the name of the Master’s thesis changes during Master’s thesis working process, final name can be informed via

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.

Maisterintutkintoa varten opiskelija laatii pro gradu -tutkielman, joka sisältyy pääaineen syventäviin opintoihin. Tutkielman laajuus on 40 op (logopediassa 30 op, tiedeviestinnässä 35 op). Tutkielman tavoite on kehittää tutkimuksen perusvalmiuksia. Tutkielma myös osoittaa myös opiskelijan kykyä rajata ja käsitellä valittua tutkimusongelmaa, valmiutta tieteelliseen ajattelutapaan, teorioiden ja tutkimusmenetelmien hallintaa, perehtyneisyyttä tutkielman aihepiiriin ja alan kirjallisuuteen sekä kykyä tieteelliseen viestintään.

Huom! Kandidaatintutkinnon on oltava suoritettuna, ennen kuin pro gradu -tutkielman tarkastusprosessin voi aloittaa.

Kun pro gradu -tutkielmasi on valmis, ohjaajasi antaa sinulle luvan syöttää gradu Laturi‐järjestelmäänJos kandidaatintutkintosi on tässä vaiheessa vielä suorittamatta, et voi syöttää graduasi Laturiin.

Työn tulee olla PDF/A tiedostomuodossa (ks. Muuntaja), ja samalla syötät Laturiin työsi tiivistelmän.

Tiivistelmä tehdään samalla kielellä, jolla gradu on kirjoitettu ja se liitetään ”tiivistelmä (ensisijainen)” -kenttään. Jos gradun kieli ei ole suomi, ”tiivistelmä (toissijainen)” -kenttään liitetään myös suomenkielinen tiivistelmäteksti. Tiivistelmä on samalla maisterintutkinnon kypsyysnäyte. Jos gradun kieli ei ole suomi, kypsyysnäytteenä käsitellään toisijaiseen kenttään kirjoitettu tiivistelmä.

Tiivistelmästä tulee ilmetä

  • tutkielman aihe
  • tutkimuksen kohde, aineisto ja tarkoitus
  • käytetyt tutkimusmenetelmät (mikäli tutkimus on luonteeltaan teoreettinen ja perustuu tiettyyn kirjalliseen materiaaliin, on mainittava tärkeimmät lähdeteokset; mikäli tutkimus on luonteeltaan empiirinen, on mainittava käytetyt metodit)
  • keskeiset tutkimustulokset
  • tulosten perusteella tehdyt päätelmät ja toimenpidesuositukset

Tiivistelmän pituus on yksi A4-sivu  (välilyönteineen n. 3200 merkkiä, kirjasinkoko 12, riviväli 1,5).

Pro gradun tarkastajien on annettava lausuntonsa kuukauden kuluessa tarkastajien määräämisestä.

Koulutusdekaani hyväksyy pro gradu -tutkielmasi tarkastajien lausuntojen perusteella ja samalla kertaa gradun tiivistelmän maisterintutkinnon kypsyysnäytteenä.  Saat tiedon työn hyväksymisestä ja arvosanasta WebOodista hyväksymisen jälkeen. Sinulle lähetetään koulutuksen lähipalvelupisteestä tarkastajien lausunto sähköpostitse Oodissa ilmoittamaasi osoitteeseen.

Opiskelija voi pyytää tutkintolautakunnalta tutkielman arvosteluun oikaisua 14 päivän kuluessa siitä ajankohdasta, jolloin hänellä on ollut tilaisuus saada arvostelun tulokset sekä arvosteluperusteiden soveltaminen omalta kohdaltaan tietoonsa.

Lukukausien loppupuolella pro gradu -tutkielmien tarkastustyöt ruuhkautuvat, ja tarkastaminen saattaa kestää maksimiajan. Tämä on syytä ottaa huomioon valmistumista suunnitellessasi.

Sivuaineen tutkielma

Pääaineen tutkielman lisäksi sinulla on mahdollisuus suorittaa maisterin tutkinnossasi tai sen jälkeen myös sivuaineestasi syventävät opinnot, joihin sisältyy joko sivuaineen tutkielma tai tutkielmatyyppisiä opintoja. Sivuaineen tutkielman tai tutkielmatyyppisen työn vaatimukset ovat soveltuvin osin samat kuin pro gradu -tutkielmassa, sillä myös sivuaineen syventävien opintojen tulee tuottaa aineen jatkokoulutuskelpoisuus.

Sivuaineen tutkielman aihe ja tutkimusongelma tulee rajata siten, että tutkielman työmäärä ei ylitä 20 opintopisteen laajuutta.

Sivuaineen tutkielman tarkastaja arvioi työn asteikolla 0—5. Palaute sivuaineen tutkielmasta annetaan samaan tapaan kuin palaute muista opintosuorituksista, ts. tutkielman hyväksyminen ei kuulu koulutusdekaanin tehtäviin. Kirjallista lausuntoa sivuaineen tutkielmasta ei edellytetä, mutta pyydettäessä tarkastajan tulee sellainen antaa.

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

The next official enrollment period for Master's Thesis work when the supervisors are appointed is in spring 2020. If you want to start working before that, you must find the supervisor for your thesis yourself. When you have a supervisor, register for Master's Thesis work by contacting Master’s Program Director, University Lecturer Sinikka Moilanen (sinikka.moilanen(at) (after 18.11.2019 Univesity Researcher Jaakko Simonen; jaakko.simonen(at)

Next Master's Thesis info sessions will be also organized in Spring 2020.

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.



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 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:

    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.


    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 2019-2020

    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
    19.6.2019 26.6.2019 Sat 24.8.2019 Sat 31.8.2019 Thur 19.9.2019
    22.8.2019 29.8.2019 Mon 23.9.2019 Mon 30.9.2019 Thur 17.10.2019
    26.9.2019 3.10.2019 Thur 24.10.2019 Thur 31.10.2019 Thur 14.11.2019
    23.10.2019 30.10.2019 Sat 23.11.2019 Sat 30.11.2019 Wed 18.12.2019
    27.11.2019 4.12.2019 Tues 24.12.2019 Tues 31.12.2019 Thur 16.1.2020
    11.12.2019 18.12.2019 Tues 24.12.2019 Tues 31.12.2019 Thur 16.1.2020
    10.1.2020 17.1.2020 Fri 24.1.2020 Fri 31.1.2020 Thur 20.2.2020
    7.2.2020 14.2.2020 Sat 22.2.2020 Sat 29.2.2020 Thur 19.3.2020
    6.3.2020 13.3.2020 Tues 24.3.2020 Tues 31.3.2020 thur 16.4.2020
    10.4.2020 17.4.2020 Thur 23.4.2020 Thur 30.4.2020 Thur 14.5.2020
    12.5.2020 19.5.2020 Sat 23.5.2020 Sat 31.5.2020 Tues 16.6.2020
    16.6.2020 23.6.2020 Thur 25.6.2020 Thur 30.6.2020 Thur 16.7.2020 (no ceremony)
    16.6.2020 23.6.2020 Fri 24.7.2020 Fri 31.7.2020 Thur 20.8.2020

    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:

    he 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 . 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: Instructions are available at: (for students) and (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.




    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)


    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)  

    Hadid, Abdenour

    biometric recognition, face analysis, machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, image and video processing, artificial intelligence, information processing, human behavior analysis, gait and gesture analysis, vision based individualized health care, embedded vision systems, new sensing technologies. (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)

    Koskela, Timo    
    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, mixed reality, web and native virtual environments, virtual cities, virtual tourism, information visualization, smart living environments.  

    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)

    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)

    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
    4 One holding at least doctor's degree,
    another holding at least master's degree

    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

    Topics and supervisors


    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.

    Master's thesis is a important part of masters studies. It prepares students to independent engineering work without as intense guidance as in earlier studies. Master's thesis is typically a solution to a wide technical challenge.

    Essential information of the thesis work and writing process can be found from the attachments below.

    Essential points in the graduation process:

    • Master's theses are published online. Please study the University of Oulu Laturi instructions. Attachments below cover the process for Electrical Engineering and WCE, including theses' title pages.
    • Maturity test related to the MSc degree 521011S is first agreed with the thesis supervisor and it can be written in the examinarium.
    • The degree certificate application is submitted in the OSAT system


    Master's Thesis Guidelines

    Master's Thesis Word Template


    ElectricalEngineering Titlepage

    Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering evaluation forms and instructions for Diploma Thesis supervisors:

    MSc Thesis Evaluation form

    Instructions for evaluation of diploma thesis


    Last updated: 13.11.2019