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FUTS3800 FUTUPG Master's Thesis 30 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Petri Tapio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X

Learning outcomes

Students are able to produce a scientific report based on futures studies methodologies. Students are able to formulate a research problem and give arguments to support their hypothesis.


The master's thesis is a mandatory requirement for the Master of Arts degree. The aim of the period of study dedicated to the thesis process is to provide the student with the necessary tools for locating scientific information and applying it in order to find a solution to a research problem. Before starting work with the master's thesis the student must have completed sufficient amount of studies in Futures Studies in order to be able to independently choose the focus area of the thesis.

Working with master's thesis takes two terms. At its best, the master's thesis is a productive and advanced study in the problematics of a specific subject matter. The process involves a set number of compulsory seminar group meetings, since a fundamental part of the learning process is the oral presentation of one's work and the ability to discuss the works of others.

Once the thesis work is complete and bound, the student is required to take a maturity essay. The essay must be taken in conjunction with the master's degree. For students whose tuition is given in English, the maturity essay demonstrates the student's command of the subject area covered by the thesis.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Thesis / dissertation
  • In English

Thesis / dissertation. Compulsory seminar meetings. The course on Information literacy and intellectual property rights arranged by the Library and Information services is a mandatory element of the master's thesis writing process.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

Begins during Period IV of first year, continues five periods, fifteen months.

Study materials

1. Saunders, M.; Lewis, P. Doing Research in business & management: an essential guide to planning your project. Harlow, Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2012.

Further information

The course is not part of the JOO (flexible study right) -system. Restricted attendance only for students in the Master's Degree in Futures Study -programme.
Starting August 1st, 2013 all Bachelor's / Master's Thesis will be checked with Turnitin OriginalityCheck service.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Obligatory courses (Futures Studies)
Finland Futures Research Centre
Obligatory advanced courses (Futures Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies (Field of Business)