Master’s Thesis

​The Master’s thesis is part of the department’s education: carrying out a thesis under the guidance of the supervisor develops the skills needed in the planning and realisation of a research project and familiarises the student with the in-depth analysis of a specific scientific problem.

In the physiology and genetics and in the ecology and evolutionary biology degree programmes the extent of the thesis is 40 credits. In the biology education track the thesis is 20 credits. At the Department of Biology, the thesis is usually based on the student’s own empirical data, but, especially in the biology education track, the thesis can be entirely based on literature. The thesis is carried out independently, i.e. students cannot write it together.

The Master’s theses are often carried out in research groups. The thesis can also be part of outside projects, such as the research projects of some other university department, other universities, research institutions, bureaus, companies or civic organisations. Futhermore, the thesis can also be carried out abroad. The thesis can be a key to future employment, so the students should personally contact research groups that are of interest to them. Often, an internship has also provided an interesting topic for the thesis.

The thesis project starts by drafting the Master’s thesis plan. The plan covers the research topic, language, place, schedule, supervisors and the person who is in charge of the field of study. The Master’s thesis plan is accepted by the person in charge of the field of specialisation, usually a professor.