Master's Thesis

The master’s thesis is the core of the master’s degree. It accounts for one third, or even half of the degree. The objective of the master’s thesis is to develop and demonstrate the student’s ability to apply research data and use chosen methods to analyse and solve problems arising in professional work. It also demonstrates the student’s readiness and ability for independent, demanding expert work.

The master’s thesis is a practically oriented applied research or development project that serves the needs of local businesses and organisations and supports regional development. Research and development refers to systematic efforts to gain new knowledge and using this knowledge to find new applications. Applied research aims for a practical application implemented on the basis of some new knowledge. Development refers to using new knowledge produced as a result of research and/or practical experience to achieve new products, services, production processes or techniques or to essentially improve existing ones. Innovation activities comprise all those measures that aim to produce new or improved products or processes, or innovations, and new entrepreneurship. Innovations may for example be technological, social or cultural, business or design innovations, product/service innovations or combinations of these.

The master’s thesis may be completed as part of a larger research or development project linked with regional, international or JAMK's RDI activities, local competence clusters and innovation networks. Essential elements in a thesis are the combination of various types of information and experiential knowledge, assessment and application of information and deepening of professional expertise.

Master’s theses are important instruments in the development of business, industry and the public sector as well as regional wellbeing, in the promotion of innovations, and in the implementation of local strategies. Essential features of the master’s thesis process include the development of shared expertise and the enhancement of the publicity and influence competences required of professional experts.

The thesis as courses

The thesis process is divided into the following courses:

Master’s Thesis, Part 1 (10 cr), Master’s Thesis, Part 2 (20 cr) and Maturity Test.

Make a preliminary plan in your Personal Learning Plan regarding your thesis progress, including the completion of the maturity test. Enrol for the thesis courses in advance during each semester’s enrolment period.

Library Services

  • Thesis Sauna (one-to-one guidance in database search problems)
  • Information Seeking Guidance
  • Learn to Find

All library services above are found on the web page: http://www.jamk.fi/en/Services/library/find-ask-learn/.