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FILS3 Master's Thesis 40 ECTS
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017
FILS3 Master's Thesis 40 ECTS


Strategic themes: Responsible conduct of research

Learning outcomes

After completing the study module students are able to discuss philosophical problems scientifically and write a clear and well-argued philosophical study.


Credits from the pro gradu thesis are recorded in four parts.
The supervisor of the thesis is responsible for the registration of the credits.

1. Thesis studies I (10 ETCS)

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 about 25 pages.

2. Thesis studies II (10 ETCS)

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 approximately 50 pages.

3. Thesis studies III (10 ETCS)

The work has been drafted into full length manuscript which clearly shows its structure and allows the readers of 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 full-length text, preferrably 70-90 pages. Texts of less than 60 pages or more than 120 pages are not recommended. The suitable length will depend on the specific topic of the thesis.

4. Thesis studies IV (10 ETCS)

The thesis has been submitted in a publishable and finalized form. The student has taken the required maturity tests and passed them. The text has been cleared through the plagiarization test. The thesis is reviewed and graded. Final manuscript length is preferrably 70-90 pages. Texts of less than 60 pages or more than 120 pages are not recommended. The suitable length will depend on the specific topic of the thesis.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Pro gradu -tutkielma  Thesis / dissertation  40 ECTS
In Finnish
Numeric 1-5. 
Further information 

Pro gradu tutkielman suoritus jakautuu neljään osaan.

1. Tutkielmaopinnot I   (10 op) 

2. Tutkielmaopinnot II (10 op)

3. Tutkielmaopinnot III (10 op)

4. Tutkielmaopinnot IV (10 op)

The subject of the thesis must be agreed upon with the professor. The manuscript of the thesis must be submitted for preliminary examination before the official examination process.


Numeric 1-5.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
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Faculty of Social Sciences