What is a Master’s Thesis?
Towards the end of your Master’s Degree studies, you are required to write a thesis on a topic approved by a professor of your major subject. The master’s thesis is a piece of written academic work in which you demonstrate your familiarity with the subject matter as well as your capability of independent academic thought and work. Once you have completed your thesis, you are required to take the maturity test – an exam to demonstrate your command of the thesis topic. You may also undertake your master’s thesis project jointly with one or more other students. For more detailed thesis writing guidelines, please consult your professor.
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- Register for and participate in the Master’s Thesis Seminar. During the seminar, you will receive instructions on the thesis process and your work will be discussed regularly throughout the seminar. You will also become familiar with the Master’s thesis style sheet, i.e. the formatting and layout instructions for preparing the thesis manuscript for publication. The duration of the seminar is about one academic year.
- Complete the body of the thesis manuscript.
- Put the following details of authorship on the title page in this order:
Subject and/or master's degree programme
Academic term and year (e.g. Spring 2019)
- Write an abstract for your thesis.
Send your thesis manuscript by e-mail to the Urkund plagiarism detection service. The e-mail address is provided by your supervisor.
- Once the Urkund result has been approved, you will receive a publishing permit for the Master's thesis from your supervisor. Your supervisor will submit a pdf version of your Master's thesis and report the Urkund result and another examiner to the faculty. Instructions for the artistic sections of the Master's thesis of the Faculty of Arts and the partial concealment of Master's thesis can be found here.
- Sign up for the maturity test on WebOodi. You may take the maturity test on the general exam dates of your faculty or as an electronic exam. Familiarise yourself with the alternative methods of examination available for the maturity test.
- The dean of the faculty will appoint two examiners who will give a statement about your thesis. You will receive the statement electronically before the submission of your thesis to the Faculty Council. Should you not be satisfied with the statement, you have the opportunity to submit a rejoinder to the statement to the Faculty Council or ask your thesis to be withdrawn from assessment in order to make corrections to it.
- The Faculty Council will assess your thesis according to the statement provided by the examiners.
- Once your thesis has been assessed and approved by the Faculty Council, upload the thesis to Lauda, the University of Lapland's institutional repository. Familiarise yourself with the instructions. When submitting your thesis to Lauda, you agree that your thesis will be made freely available for anyone to read without compensation. If you wish, you can print paper copies of your Master's thesis at your own expense in the University Press.
Review your study attainments
Make sure that you are registered as an attending student and that the study attainments you have completed are correctly recorded in the study register. Contact the faculty office to request an overall grade for each study attainment consisting of more than one component of assessment (e.g. a course consisting of an essay and an exam graded as individual components). Study attainments completed only in part will not be included in the degree certificate.
If you do not want to include all your study attainments in your degree, order a transcript of records via WebOodi. Then, on the transcript, indicate the studies that will not be included in your degree and submit the transcript to the faculty office. Please note that studies included in one degree cannot be transferred to another degree later. If you want to include all your study attainments in your degree, the process described above is not required.
Information for the students required to pay tuition fees
If you are required to pay a tuition fee and have received a scholarship from the University for the second year of your studies, you are required to graduate by the end of the two-year scholarship period (by the end of the academic year, 31 July). However, if you have not graduated within the abovementioned timeframe, you have the opportunity to finish your studies in 3 months without incurring any additional tuition fee charges. However, you are required to pay the Student Union fee for the additional semester in order to be registered as an attending student, which is a prerequisite for graduation.
Fill in the electronic degree certificate application
To proceed to the electronic degree certificate application, select your faculty from the list below:
Problems with using the electronic application?
If you cannot open the electronic application, please contact the faculty office.
- Faculty of Art and Design: ttk.opinto (at) ulapland.fi
- Faculty of Education: ktk.tutkintohakemus (at) ulapland.fi
- Faculty of Social Sciences: ytk.opinto (at) ulapland.fi
Submit the appendices to your application to the faculty office
If you have appendices to attach to your application, submit these to the faculty office via e-mail or hard copy. If your Master's thesis is the final study attainment of your studies, i.e. you have completed all the other studies required for your Master's Degree, you may submit your Master's Degree certificate request to the faculty office already prior to the meeting of the Faculty Council. Your date of graduation will be either the date your application was received for processing, or the date the last study attainment completing your Master's degree studies was registered.
If you will be graduating at the end of the year or during the summer term, please contact the faculty office to inquire about their time frame for processing Master's Degree certificate applications during those periods.
You will receive your degree certificate by post within about two weeks of the date of submission of the degree certificate application, or, alternatively, you may pick it up in person from the faculty office.
What is the maturity test?
The maturity test is part of your degree. Your thesis supervisor presents a set of questions directly related to the topic of your thesis, and your task is to select one of these questions and to address it by writing an essay in English. You are expected to write about four pages and you have four hours to complete the task.
Familiarise yourself with the alternative methods of examination available for the maturity test. These include e.g. presenting a talk, writing a review, writing a blog posting, or writing a short article. Your supervisor will provide further information on the alternative examination methods.
Grading the maturity test
The principal grader of the thesis is responsible for the assessment of your maturity test. The test is graded pass/fail.
In grading the test, the examiner focuses on your level of familiarity with the topic of the thesis and your demonstration of the ability to present your ideas in a clear and organized way. The assessment process may take up to four weeks.
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Are you interested in pursuing a doctoral degree? Get in touch with a professor representing the field closest to your planned research topic in order to discuss your research proposal, your research plan and the other studies to be included in your doctoral degree. In order to be able to apply for the study right in a doctoral programme, you are required to prepare a research plan in which you describe your proposed research, as well as to create a personal study plan.
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