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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 

Henrika Honkanen 
Alexander Kastaniotis 

ECTS Credits 

30 credits

Language of instruction 

Variable, typically English


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

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:/ 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:/



Person responsible 

Alexander Kastaniotis

Working life cooperation 


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.

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