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353334S Master's Thesis and Research Seminar, Health Management Science, 35 ECTS cr 
Code 353334S  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Master's Thesis and Research Seminar, Health Management Science  Abbreviation Master's Thesis 
Scope35 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline 
TypeDiploma thesis   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Health Sciences 

Outi Kanste 
Marjo Suhonen 

ECTS Credits 

35 ECTS cr

Language of instruction 

Teaching language is Finnish. If needed the course can be completed in English.


Master’s degree studies 1st spring semester, 4th period and 2nd autumn semester, 1st and 2nd periods and 2nd spring semester, 3rd and 4th periods. Thesis started earlier can be continued during summer.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to
- search, use, evaluate and apply scientific information independently and on that basis, produce an acceptable written research plan in Finnish or in English
- justify critically and plausibly one’s research topic with working life relevance
- evaluate, apply and justify methodological decisions in different phases of a research process
- analyze and give feedback on peer research plan using information and communication technology
- present and justify chosen topic and methodological decisions in different phases of a research process
- analyze orally, evaluate critically, independently and in small groups, one´s own and other group members´ research process and its different phases
- apply team work skills, flexibility and negotiation skills
- use digital learning solutions and demonstrate one´s own performance skills and information and communication technology skills while presenting research plan
- apply and analyze information and skills on research methodology gained during one’s studies and prepare independently or as a member of a research group a thesis or scientific article
- based on one´s expertise, produce a thesis with working life relevance on schedule agreed on in agreement of supervision
- justify and master research methods she/he has used in her/his thesis, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills
- evaluate critically and draft conclusions critically and justify decisions made within one’s thesis as well as during the tutor groups
- get readiness for participate in scientific discussions and postgraduate studies.


Idea paper and agreement of supervision. Drafting an idea paper and a research plan. Scientific small group discussions and guidance. Peer group work involving group assignments. Independent assignments. Working on web-based learning environment.

International scientific research related to the topic and research methods of the master’s thesis. Producing a thesis or a scientific article in accordance with criteria set for scientific research. Critical discussion on thesis and presentation of results and conclusions.

Mode of delivery 

Blended teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Info 2 h (time-based remote teaching), small group guidance 6 h (teaching requiring presence in Oulu), working in peer groups, group assignments and individual pre-assignments 24 h (time-independent remote teaching), reading of the scientific literature, writing an idea paper and research plan and writing of a thesis or an article 909 h (time-independent remote teaching). The participation in the conference 4 h (teaching requiring presence in Oulu). The course uses web-based learning environment.

Target group 

Master’s degree students in health management science.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

The student must have completed all research methodology studies.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Where applicable:

  • Curtis E, Drennan J (eds.) (2013) Quantitative health research: Issues and methods. Open University Press, Maidenhead. eBook.
  • Denzin NK & Lincoln YS (eds.) (2018) The SAGE handbook of qualitative research. SAGE, Los Angeles.
  • Kyngäs H, Mikkonen K, Kääriäinen M (eds.) (2020) The application of content analysis in nursing science research. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
  • Polit DF & Beck CT (2017) Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice. Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia.
  • W. Paul Vogt (ed.) (2011) SAGE Quantitative research methods. SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks. eBook.
  • International and national scientific articles.
Assessment methods and criteria 

Discussions of topic/idea of the thesis will take place in spring. On the basis of discussion, the student will be able to rework one´s thesis also during summer. The student will prepare the thesis either alone or with another student under supervision of 1–2 teachers. When agreed on separately, the Master’s thesis can also be produced in form of a scientific article. Continuous assessment is applied in the course and teacher, self and peer-assessment.

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


Master’s thesis 1–5/fail, assignments pass/fail

Person responsible 

University lecturer Outi Kanste

Working life cooperation 

Topic of the thesis related to health care and with working life relevance will be discussed and chosen in collaboration with representation from working life. The student is able to produce a thesis that has working life relevance and supports student´s own expertise. Collaboration with working life during the data collection phase.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Master's Thesis and Research Seminar, Health Management Science SUMMER 2021  Course  15  Outi Kanste  26.04.21 -31.08.21
Registration Master's Thesis and Research Seminar, Health Management Science  Course  35  Outi Kanste  07.09.21 -27.05.22

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