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 (Section 7 a of the Finnish Council of State Decree 16.6.2005/423).

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. The format of the master’s thesis follows the general outlines set for master’s theses by JAMK University of Applied Sciences. It is based on a defined topical development idea or problem arising from the field of work concerned, and it is implemented in cooperation with a business or organisation.

The master’s thesis may be part of a larger research or development project linked with local competence clusters and innovation networks. The master’s thesis may be a project, a study, or a development assignment that contributes to the field of work concerned. In defining the objective of a master’s thesis, the focus is on the application of theoretical knowledge, innovativeness, and the enhancement of professional expertise. The integration of various types of data and empirical knowledge and the assessment of knowledge are essential elements of the master’s thesis.

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.

Master’s Thesis Workgroup Meetings

Master’s Thesis Workgroup meetings are listed in Academic Calendar

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