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353226S Master Thesis and Research Seminars Part I, 15 ECTS cr 
Code 353226S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Master Thesis and Research Seminars Part I  Abbreviation Master Thesis a 
Scope15 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline5403 Nursing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Health Sciences 

Anne Oikarinen 

ECTS Credits 

15 ECTS cr

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1st spring term, 3rd and 4th period and 2nd autumn term, 1st and 2nd period of Master degree studies.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the student is able to justify critically one’s research topic with working life orientation, and plan and complete independently acceptable research plan. The student is able to evaluate and apply methodological choices in the different stages of the research plan. The student is able to analyze and give feedback to peer-student’s research plan using information and communications technology. The student is able to produce Master thesis.


Idea paper, agreement of supervision, drafting a research plan. Scientific group discussions and peer-evaluation of research plan. 

Mode of delivery 

Tutored group work, using information and communications technology.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Group tutoring: offered 32 h per academic year, mandatory participation 8 h. Public defenses of doctoral theses 3 h + 3 h, group work with peer-students in the e-learning environment 10 h, and independent studying 381 h. 

Target group 

Master Degree students in nursing science and in health sciences teacher education

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Completion with pass of the research method studies included in the Bachelor degree and Bachelor Thesis

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Polit DF & Beck CT (2011) Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice. 9. ed. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. National and international scientific literature relevant to the topic and methods of the Master thesis.  

Assessment methods and criteria 

Preparing of an idea paper and agreement of supervision. Participation in public defenses of doctoral theses and reporting in e-learning environment. Participation in tutored group work in e-learning environment. Peer-evaluation of research plan. Accepted research plan.

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


Pass / fail. Self- and peer evaluation.

Person responsible 

University lecturer 

Working life cooperation 

The student is able to choose research topic with working life relevance, which supports his/her own expertise.


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