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750657S Biology subject teacher pro gradu thesis, 20-40 ECTS cr 
Code 750657S  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Biology subject teacher pro gradu thesis  Abbreviation Biology subject 
Scope20-40 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3205 Biology 
TypeDiploma thesis   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Biology 

ECTS Credits 

20 - 40 ECTS credits / 267-533 hours of work.

Language of instruction 

Finnish / English.


M.Sc. 1st or 2nd year.

Learning outcomes 

Student knows the research methods in specific field of biology teaching or biological research. She is conversant with her field of thesis and is able to scientific thinking, estimating the results, analysing, drawing conclusions and scientific communicating.


Literary work which in general includes experimental research work. Student gets profoundly acquainted on certain special field in biology teaching (didactics) or executes small research work in biology.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Independent research work on a scientific subject in agreement with the responsible professor and under the supervision of the Department. The supervisors may be professors of the department, docents and other teachers and researchers who have the docent's status. The student may have several supervisors, the other supervisor may be from other department, university (also abroad) or from research institute.  The subject must be agreed on with the professor in advance. The research work can contain fieldwork, laboratory work, theoretical work or work on collections in museum. The work always includes a literature survey. The M.Sc. maturity exam will be the abstract that the student will load to the Laturi system with the M.Sc. thesis.

Didactics thesis will be 30-40 pages long (20 cr.) because the structure diverges from the biology thesis. In educational sciences concepts and methods is described wider than in science.

The M.Sc. maturity exam will be the abstract that the student will load to the Laturi system with the M.Sc. thesis.The programme director will order the final examiners by the proposal of the professor. Pro gradu working group accepts and grades the thesis on the basis of the final examiners' opinions.

Target group 

TEA: compulsory 20 cr, teacher student can also do 40 cr research pro gradu thesis in biology (750658S).

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Sufficient amount of basic and subject level studies in order to be able to do independent research work.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 


Assessment methods and criteria 

Literary work. Credits gained is determined as follows: mere quantitative content assessment = 20 cr.. Both quantitative and qualitative content assessment = 40 cr. The credit amount is defined when the student will fill the registration form for pro gradu thesis. This is done before the student will start the actual work.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail.

Person responsible 

Assoc. Prof. Heikki Helanterä, Prof. Hely Häggman or Prof. Timo Muotka.

Working life cooperation 

Thesis is made in research groups.

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