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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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PCP12 Thesis seminar and Master's Thesis 40 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
Person in charge
Professor in North American Studies
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

Master's Thesis Seminar
Upon completing the seminar, a student is able to
• define a justified research theme and elaborate logical question setting that problematizes the topic
• outline a relevant research plan, find relevant literature and research material
• give constructive criticism
• manage different phases of the research process
• execute research independently

Master's Thesis
After completing the thesis, a student will be able to show in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic, mastery of appropriate theories and research methods and capability of scientific expression.


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 an MA 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.
At the end of the third semester of the program students are expected to 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 Master's thesis proposals. The Master's thesis seminar supplies guidance in the process of revising the Master's thesis proposal and moving from the proposal toward actual conceptual and empirical work on the Master's thesis itself.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
PCP12a  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Further information 

1. Thesis studies I
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.

PCP12b  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Further information 

2. Thesis studies II
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.

PCP12c  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Further information 

3. Thesis studies III
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 text, length approx.    18 000 words.

PCP12d - Final Thesis  Thesis / dissertation  10 ECTS
In English
Numeric 1-5. 
Further information 

4. Thesis studies IV
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 course work 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
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