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BSRM0301 Master's Thesis, Seminar and Maturity Test 40 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Person in charge
Senior lecturer Nina Tynkkynen

Learning outcomes


The thesis seminar convenes throughout the third semester. Every student is required to present two papers. First one is an updated version of research plan and report of the current situation of the study, second one a draft chapter of 10-20 pages of the actual thesis. Participation to the seminar sessions is compulsory, and students are required to read each other's papers and provide comments on them.


The Master's thesis for the MA degree is a written report of research carried out by the student on a chosen topic. The length is 60-80 pages.

The aim of the Master's thesis is to develop the student's basic skills in:
- the ability of independent information retrieval
- the analysis and criticism of data
- independent production and application of information

The Master's thesis will show that the student:
- is able to define and process the chosen research problem
- shows a readiness in academic thinking
- has a command of the theories and research methods in his/her work
- has become familiar with the subject matter of the thesis and the literature of the field of study
- has skills in academic communication
- has a readiness to work persistently and the ability to discern the entire perspective of his/her work
Evaluation of the Master's thesis

The Program Director appoints two (or if necessary more) examiners for the thesis. When the thesis is ready, it must be submitted to the Faculty Office in two hard-bound copies. As specified in the regulations, a summary of the thesis must be prepared (one A4). A copy of this summary is bound in the thesis immediately after the title page and an additional separate copy is submitted to the Faculty Office.


The evaluation of the Master's thesis is based on the following factors:
- The aims of the thesis and defining of the subject matter
- Methods and materials
- Putting theoretical background to use
- The analysis of the work and the handling of the subject
- Conclusions and their assessment

Two evaluators will assess the Master's thesis and give free-form statements or a shared statement in writing. Part of the feedback may also be given viva voce. Furthermore, it is recommended, when possible, that one of the evaluators has not taken an active part in the advising and guidance of the student's work.

All disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities use the same assessment system for evaluating the thesis.The assessment of the Master's thesis evaluation is based on a Latin grading scale:
- Approbatur
- Lubenter approbatur
- Non sine laude approbatur
- Cum laude approbatur
- Magna cum laude approbatur
- Eximia cum laude approbatur
- Laudatur


As part of the Master's thesis, the student takes The Degree Qualifying Examination - maturity test (in Finnish, kypsyysnäyte), in which the student writes an essay in examination conditions on a topic relating to her/his Master's thesis. Finnish nationals write this essay, 3-4 handwritten pages, in their own first language; foreign students write it in the language of instruction, i.e. English. Further instructions will be given by the programme staff.


Master's Thesis, Seminar and Maturity Test

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Thesis / dissertation
  • In English
  • In English
Oral exam
  • In English
Competence-based examination
  • In English



Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Thesis Studies (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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Faculty of Humanities
Studies at the Faculty of Humanities
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Finnish Study Modules
Postgraduate Degrees, hum