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Master´s degree guide for thesis writing

1.1 The objectives of the Master’s studies and thesis

Master’s thesis corresponds to 30 ECTS in total. General regulations on the objectives of Master’s studies in universities of applied sciences as well as regulations on the objectives of the thesis itself are specified in detail in the Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences (352/2003, section 7 a (16.6.2005/423) and section 10 (16.6.2005/423).

The general objective of Master’s studies in universities of applied sciences is to provide the student with

1) extensive knowledge of the field in question required for developing working life as well as theoretical knowledge required for being able to work in expert and supervisory duties in the field
2) an in-depth view of the field of study in question and its position in the labour market and in society as well as the ability to follow and understand the development research and professional practices in the field
3) the ability to practice life-long learning and to develop constantly one’s professional competence
4) good communication and language skills required in working life and
5) abilities required for international communication and professional activities.

The objective of the advanced professional studies is to give students an opportunity to deepen their theoretical knowledge by applying theory into practice. The studies also develop students’ analytical skills, project management skills, social skills as well as their ability to take part in R&D work.

The objective of the thesis is to develop and demonstrate students’ skills of applying theoretical knowledge and using the chosen methods to specify and solve workplace problems. The thesis also demonstrates students’ ability to work independently in demanding expert duties.