Guidelines on research integrity
As part of your master’s degree you have to write a thesis on a topic approved by the professor in your major subject. The thesis has to involve sound familiarisation with the topic and be independently written. A maturity test is also required (see “Maturity test”). You may also write the thesis collaboratively with one or more other students. Consult the master’s thesis guidelines in the course catalogue for your faculty.
Master’s thesis – Grading criteria
You can find the grading criteria for each faculty in the respective course catalogues.
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Art and Design
Faculty of Social Sciences
Unhappy with your grade?
If you are not satisfied with the grade you receive for your thesis, you may submit a request for a reassessment to the Head of Academic Affairs of your faculty. The request is reviewed by the faculty council.
Requesting your degree certificate
1. Finalise the thesis. It will be read and assessed by the teacher responsible for the seminar.
2. Put the following details of authorship on the cover page:
Subject and/or master’s programme
3. Send the thesis to the Urkund email address provided by the teacher to check your work for plagiarism.
4. Write a summary of the thesis. Familiarise yourself with the
guidelines for writing a summary and with the directions on the layout
provided by Lapland University Library.
5. When you receive permission from your advisor to have your thesis printed, send it to the University of Lapland Printing Centre at gradut.painoon(at)ulapland.fi to be copied and bound. The University of Lapland Printing Centre will distribute the necessary copies to the faculty and the university registry. You may order the number of bound copies of your thesis that you need at your own expense.
6. When your thesis has been approved and assessed, send it in PDF format to the Library’s email address (gradut(at)ulapland.fi).
7. Fill in the form granting permission for publication on the Internet and send it from your ulapland email address to the Library and your advisor. The Library publishes master’s theses in the open source archive Lauda. In exceptional cases, it will only be possible for others to read your thesis in the university Library.
8. Sign up for the maturity test on WebOodi when you have submitted your thesis to your advisor for assessment. You may take maturity test on the general exam dates for your faculty.
9. Do the maturity test by choosing one of the headings set by your advisor. Your advisor and the person checking the language have four weeks to read the test.
What is a maturity test?
The maturity test is part of your degree. It involves writing an essay in response to one of a number of questions set by your advisor. The questions are directly connected to the topic of your thesis. You are expected to write some four pages and you have four hours to do so.
Grading the maturity test
Two people check the maturity test: the principal grader of the thesis and a teacher of the language in which the test has been written. The test is graded pass/fail.
In grading the test, the reviewers focus on how well you know the topic of the thesis and how well you are able to present your ideas in writing. The assessment may take four weeks.
Checking the language
The reviewers of your maturity test assess your Finnish or Swedish skills in terms of both the content and language of what you have written. Please pay due attention to your handwriting so that it is clear enough not to cause any problems for those checking the language.
Alternatives to the maturity test
You can write the maturity test in a language other than Finnish or Swedish. If you do so, the graders will assess the content of your essay only.
If you have completed a maturity test as part of your bachelor’s degree, no assessment is made of the language of your master’s maturity test. In this case, if you like, your maturity test may take the form of an oral presentation.
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