Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Thesis and Maturity Exams

Thesis

The Master's Thesis of 30-40 ECTS is a mandatory part of a Master's Degree. The Master's Thesis is written in English in the international Master's programme. The Thesis is not counted as part of the Advanced Studies module when calculating a grade for this study module. However, the title, extent, and grade of the Master’s Thesis are detailed in the degree certificate.

The Thesis is a research task which normally takes about 5-6 months to complete. The objective is to equip students with skills and knowledge to engage in scientific research. The student must show that s/he is able to use academic source material and construct scientific arguments. The Thesis is based on scientific background material and may also have an empirical or constructive part. Each student has an appointed supervisor for the Thesis work.

It is important to have continuous contact with the Thesis Supervisor to ensure that the Thesis will meet the expectations of the Department and the work progresses as it should. The Thesis is presented at the Master’s Thesis Seminar and will receive feedback on the contents and outline of the Thesis from both the Supervisor and other students attending the Seminar.

A Master’s Thesis will be reviewed by two teachers or other experts in the field. The reviewers shall give their statement within one month of the date on which the finalised thesis was submitted for review. Students have the right to provide a statement on the reviewers’ report before the final grade is given, as well as to interrupt the thesis review before the final grade is given. For further information, please see Degree Regulations.

Maturity Exam

After the Thesis is completed, and before a student can graduate, s/he must take a mandatory Maturity Exam (0 ECTS) in order to demonstrate intimate knowledge with the subject of their Master’s Thesis in addition to good language skills. If the student has completed his/her compulsory education in Finnish or Swedish, the Maturity Exam will also be taken in this language (despite the thesis being written in English). Otherwise the language of the exam is English.

The Maturity Exams are arranged departmentally and the allowed time for the exam is four hours. Students are presented with a topic that deals with the Thesis, and they have to write an essay about it. The expected length is about one sheet of A4, written on each line. The text should be written in a way that the subject could be understood by a person who has the basic knowledge of the discipline area in question but has not read the Thesis. It must be based on the text, not on e.g. tables that are difficult to verify in the exam. The essay must have a title and a clear introduction and conclusions. Handwriting must be clear and the words and capital and small letters have to be easily distinguished.

The exam is first evaluated for the scientific content and then forwarded to the Language Centre for language checking. The student will be given pass-fail grade for the maturity exam. If the exam is not passed, the student will be provided with feedback prior to registering for the re-sit. Professors and Thesis Supervisors are able to offer more information about the Maturity Exam.

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