WHAT IS A THESIS LIKE?
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The objective of your thesis is to develop your ability to apply knowledge and use selected methods to solve tasks in working life, as well as your readiness for independent expert work. The theses of our university of applied sciences are working life-oriented and develop working life, which helps you establish connections with working life. The thesis may also be multidisciplinary, in which case the authors may come from different programmes or fields.
The scope of a thesis leading to a UAS degree is 15 credits, or about 400 hours of work, except in the Bachelor of Engineering, Construction Site Management degree, the scope is 10 credits, or about 270 hours of work. The scope of a master’s thesis is 30 credits and corresponds to approximately 800 hours of work.
Working on a thesis develops a student’s professional knowledge and skills, a progressive and research-based working approach, and cooperation, interaction and networking skills.
Thesis work teaches you to:
- identify, determine and solve working life tasks
- acquire and manage information needed for the task
- work independently and responsibly in cooperation with different parties
- manage processes
- assess your own actions and develop them
- report your own work both orally and in writing.
In a bachelor’s thesis, you will increase your skills and demonstrate that you can apply your knowledge and skills in practice as an expert. In a master’s thesis, you will demonstrate your ability to perform demanding expert work independently. A master’s thesis (30 credits) includes both a research-based and developmental dimension. The aim is to create information that combines documented experience and a research-based approach created through practical development activities. A thesis can be characterised as a research development project. The thesis project also involves research and development methodology studies, and other studies included in the degree also support the thesis project.
All theses involve research or development, with a different emphasis on research or development perspectives. In a development-oriented thesis, a product, service, process or work is developed and/or implemented and evaluated based on research methodology. In a research-oriented thesis, quantitative or qualitative applied research is conducted, for example. A thorough familiarisation with previous research, literature and other data is always a typical part of thesis work.