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KKENMP2 Introduction to Thesis Writing 3 ECTS


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: C1

General description

The course aims to provide students following an international Master’s degree programme with the knowledge required to write a well-structured master’s degree thesis following general academic as well as more field specific conventions.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to
• identify the structure, moves and linguistic features of a master’s degree thesis
• review a thesis critically
• know and employ a formal academic style (grammar and vocabulary)
• express their own voice in their writing
• express clearly the aims, background and conclusions of their research


The course will cover the thesis writing process from choosing a research topic and formulating initial research questions to writing the thesis itself, the common structures and linguistic features of a Master’s thesis and its constituent parts (including the introduction, literature review and conclusion), ways of synthesizing and evaluating previous research to support one’s own study, and the differences between academic and non-academic style conventions including formatting and writing references.

Teaching methods

The average student workload for a 3 credit course is 81 hours (3 x 27). The distribution of hours between classwork, tutorials, online work and other independent work will vary.

Teaching language


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
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Satisfactory completion of tasks, including a representative sample from the students’ own theses work in progress; active participation; other criteria will be given by the teacher

Study materials

Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.

Belongs to following study modules

Institute of Biomedical Technology
School of Information Sciences