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COSOPMTS Master's Thesis and Thesis Seminar 40 op
Organised by
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Curricula 2015 – 2017

Learning outcomes

The aim of the seminar and the thesis process is to perfect general principles and tools in relation with research design and realisation of the research project leading to the master?s thesis. The aim of the joint master?s degree programme is that the students will be capable of completing independent research based on holistic thinking. Equally the programme will enable them to have initiative, show social competence and be ready to assume responsibility as well as develop free judgement and a critical mind. The basis for this is provided by cognitive and applied research. The research oriented, scientifically founded teaching provides the instrumental and methodological basis for a successful professional career and ensures a high degree of competence.

As an outcome students will be able to work independently but will find supervision if needed. The student will write and present a Master's thesis with solid theoretical and methodological basis in the area relevant to the programme.

Contents

The thesis is defined as a student?s independent work in which s/he can show his/her ability in selecting a topic, setting up research questions, mastering methodology and capability in a critical and consistent manner. The purpose of a Master's thesis is to allow the student to prove his or her ability to carry out academic research independently and in a substantively and methodologically correct manner.

The purpose of the Master's thesis seminar is to assist students during the early stages of their Master's theses. It offers support in the process of choosing a topic for the Master's thesis.

Between the second and the third semester of the program students write a Master's thesis proposal. The classroom-section of the Master's thesis seminar then provides a forum for the presentation and in-depth discussion of the thesis proposals. The thesis seminar supplies guidance in the process of revising the thesis proposal and moving from the proposal towards actual conceptual and empirical work on the Master's thesis itself.

The Master's thesis seminar guides students through the following steps:

1. Students select a Master's thesis topic during the second semester of the program
2. Between the second and the third semester they write a Master's thesis proposal, which, based on a thorough review of the relevant literature about the topic selected by the student, presents a research question, its rationale and significance, the empirical strategy that the student envisions for answering that question, and information about the empirical data available for answering the research question. The Master's thesis proposals are about 20 to 25 pages; ideally they constitute the building blocks of the conceptual and methodology-chapters of the Master's theses.
3. During the Intensive Programme at the beginning of the third semester students give a ten to fifteen minute-presentation of their Master's Thesis proposals, followed by a thirty-minute discussion of the proposal.
4. This is followed, during the third semester, either by thorough revisions of the research proposal and further work on the relevant secondary literature, or by first steps toward the empirical and conceptual work on the Master's thesis itself.

Teaching language

English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Thesis studies I  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Evaluation 
Pass/fail. 
Further information 

The topic of the work is clearly focused and it has been operationalized into a relevant research question and tasks. There is a clear plan concerning the execution of the work and its schedule and the work is demonstrated to be well on its way. Relevant literature has been identified and considerable part of it has been read and thought trough. In the case of empirical work, the materials and methods of the study have been identified and collection of materials and evidence is on the way. Preliminary text, length approx. 6000 words.

Thesis studies II  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Evaluation 
Pass/fail. 
Further information 

The work is progressing according to the plan and this has been demonstrated in tutorials and seminar sessions. The research task, relevant literature and specific research questions have been clarified. In the case of empirical work, the gathering of source materials or data has progressed and first interpretations about them have been drafted. Preliminary text, length approx. 12 000 words.

Thesis studies III  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Evaluation 
Pass/fail. 
Further information 

The work has been drafted into full length manuscript which clearly shows its structure and allows the readers to judge its evidence and coherence of its interpretation and main arguments. The student receives final feedback and advice from the supervisor before starting the final review of the thesis. Preliminary text, length approx. 18 000 words.

Thesis studies IV  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Evaluation 
Pass/fail. 
Further information 

The thesis has been submitted in a publishable and finalized form. The student has taken the required maturity test and passed it. The text has been cleared through the plagiarization test. The thesis is reviewed and graded. Final manuscript length, approx. 18 000 words.

Participation in thesis seminar, independent writing and individual supervision.

The thesis also includes a maturity test, an essay written on the theme of the thesis. The maturity test will be examined both for its content and for the academic (English) language.

Evaluation

Numeric 1-5.

Belongs to following study modules

Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta
Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta
2018–2019
Teaching
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Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta