01.09.2014

Submitting your Master's thesis for assessment

 

The master’s thesis is part of the advanced studies of the major subject. Its topic will be given by your professor, whom own ideas of a topic can also be suggested. The grading scale of the master’s thesis is excellent, very good, good, satisfactory or sufficient. The criteria of the grades and a description of the different forms (normally a monograph) of a thesis are available in https://www.jyu.fi/hum/en/study/progradu . The grade does not affect the overall grade of the other advanced studies.

 

Assessment and grading process of Master’s thesis

 

Pre-examination

The student delivers the manuscript of his/her thesis to his/her main supervisor. The purpose of the pre-examination is to make sure that the thesis has proceeded to acceptable direction and that it can be submitted for final assessment as such or with minor improvements. At this stage no grades are suggested. At the stage of pre-examination the thesis is checked with plagiarism detection software  (Urkund). The supervisor gives the feedback based on which the student can make improvements and revise the thesis.

 

The appointment of reviewers

Student submits the final thesis for assessment to the professor in charge. The thesis must include an abstract (see Abstract). The professor in charge appoints two reviewers for the thesis. Another one of the reviewers can be supervisor.

 

Evaluation and grading of thesis

The professor in charge submits the thesis to reviewers. This is done according to each departments procedure. The student has to make sure that his/her contact information is available at the department.

The reviewers give their statement of evaluation and a proposal for the grade within a month and send it to the Head of the Department, the professor in charge and for information to the student (via email). At the same time the reviewers inform the student about the possibility to give a rejoinder of the reviewers’ statement before grading the thesis (Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä, 36 §). The rejoinder must be given within 14 days of receiving the reviewers’ statement.

If the student wants to give the rejoinder, he/she submits it to the Head of the Department in writing. The assessment process of the Master’s thesis is not proceeded until the deadline for rejoinder has expired or the student has announced not to give a rejoinder. At the same time as student announces not to give a rejoinder, he/she indicates that he/she has saved an electronic version of thesis to Jyväskylä University Digital Archive JYX (instructions https://kirjasto.jyu.fi/publish-and-buy/publishing-your-thesis).

After this the reviewers suggest the thesis to be accepted by the Head of the Department. For acceptance the reviewers submit the statement(s) printed and signed to the Head of the Department who decides about accepting the thesis and grading it within a week. According to possible delegation decisions the acceptance and grading can be done also by the Vice Head of the Department.

The Master’s thesis is evaluated by five-grade-scale (excellent 5, very good 4, good 3, satisfactory 2 or sufficient 1). The grade for the thesis does not affect the overall grade of other advanced studies. The extent of the thesis is 40 ECTS credits (minor thesis 20 ECTS credits and minor thesis is evaluated with a scale passed/failed).

If the student submits a rejoinder of the reviewers’ statements, the Head of the Department reads up on the reviewers’ statement, the rejoinder, Master’s thesis and can hear the reviewers regarding the matters brought up in the rejoinder. If needed, the Head of Department can appoint a third reviewer for the thesis. The Head of the Department assesses and grades the thesis on the grounds of all the evaluation statements.

The author has the right to interrupt the thesis assessment process before the final grade is given (The Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä, 36 §). The notification of interruption has to be made in writing to the Head of the Department.

 

Appeal

If the student makes an appeal of the grading of the thesis (Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä 49 §), it has to be made in writing within 14 days of the date on which the student first had access to the grading criteria and the assessment result. The appeal is dealt with the University Degree Committee. Informal signed appeal with contact information is submitted by paper to the Registry Office of University of Jyväskylä (Kirjaamo). For the processing of the appeal the University Degree Committee has to have an access to the thesis either in JYX or as a file.

 

Registration of the thesis

The thesis is registered into the study records at the department.

 

Abstract

The thesis must include an abstract in Finnish (Finnish speaking students). In the abstract the author describes the goals of the thesis, research methods and research material, content and results. The abstract can be included in the thesis twice, in Finnish and in English. You can save the model for the abstract at the address https://www.jyu.fi/hum/en/forms. The information of abstract can later be used for the abstract for JYX.

 

The publicity of the thesis

Theses and abstracts are public. The possible confidential material or business secrets formed while gathering the research material or confidential documents defined by the Act on the Openness of Government Activities (621/1999) must not be incorporated in the actual thesis, but instead, be left in the background material. It is to the discretion of the student to store this background material (Faculty Council decision 23.3.2004).