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744691S MSc thesis (Pro gradu), 30 ECTS cr 
Code 744691S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name MSc thesis (Pro gradu)  Abbreviation MSc thesis 
Scope30 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3254 Biochemistry 
TypeDiploma thesis   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
 
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Teachers
Name
Alexander Kastaniotis 

Description
ECTS Credits 

30 credits

 
Language of instruction 

Variable, typically English

 
Timing 

MSc yr 1-yr2

 
Learning outcomes 

After the MSc thesis work students have:

  • increased appreciation of how research leads to knowledge and developed abilities to identify and solve practical problems, to design and execute experiments and how to record and critically evaluate data
  • developed abilities to work independently and as part of a team including self-motivation, diplomacy, planning, organizational skills and time management
  • developed skills in retrieving, critically appraising and integrating information as well as skills in communicating science and making and defending scientific arguments
 
Contents 

This module provides an extensive 3 month project in a research group as well as a written MSc thesis. The experimental work can be started after 30 cp of Masters studies have been completed, but it is recommended that the MSc thesis work is the final module taken in the MSc. Students are responsible for finding a suitable research group in academia or in industry in which they wish to undertake the MSc thesis work. The work may be undertaken in the research groups of the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine or in any other suitable research group in Finland or abroad. Students should produce a short (typically 2 page) study plan detailing the proposed content of their MSc thesis work, supervisor(s), location of the research work and start date. This should be produced at least 2 weeks before the proposed start date and must be approved before they start work. The MSc thesis is based only on the work done during the first 3 months of work (plus a possible extension of 5-20cp, see 744692 MSc thesis, additional experimental work) by the student on the project, except in cases of mitigating circumstances. The MSc thesis (typically 50-60 pages long) is based on the experimental work undertaken by the student and the contextualization of the research and the results based on published literature in the field. For detailed instructions see http:/www.oulu.fi/fbmm The thesis must be submitted within 1 year of the start date, except in cases of mitigating circumstances.

 
Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching

 
Learning activities and teaching methods 

Independent work

 
Target group 

MSc in Protein Science and biotechnology or MSc in Molecular Medicine

 
Prerequisites and co-requisites 

At least 30cp of MSc level studies

 
Recommended optional programme components 

-

 
Recommended or required reading 

-

 
Assessment methods and criteria 

Written thesis. Read more about assessment criteria at target=_blank>http:/www.oulu.fi/fbmm

 
Grading 

1-5/fail

 
Person responsible 

Alexander Kastaniotis

 
Working life cooperation 

Yes

 
Other information 

-

 

Additional data in the course catalogue University of Oulu summer studies 2020
ECTS credits: 30 op; Person responsible: Alexander Kastaniotis; Link to the registration: student agrees about the project with Alexander Kastaniotis and principal investigator of the research group; Target group: MSc students; Schedule: summer 2020; Implementor: FBMM; Additional information: MSc thesis (experimental part or written part) can be done during the summer.

Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended MSc thesis (Pro gradu)  Course  30  Alexander Kastaniotis  01.06.20 -31.08.20

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