STARTING THE MASTER’S THESIS

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STARTING THE MASTER’S THESIS

See also ‘Dive Deeper’ at the bottom of the page.

Preparations for the master’s thesis begin during the first year of the master’s studies during the 4th term when the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management arranges an info event for students planning their thesis. Students start their master’s thesis project in the autumn of the second year of their master’s studies. The thesis project covers two academic years as follows:

Structure of the master’s thesis project (above picture as a text version)

Year 1

Period 1

  • Starting the master’s studies
  • Master’s course study

Period 2

  • Master’s course study

Period 3

  • Master’s course study

Period 4

  • Master’s thesis info event
  • Outlining the thesis topic
  • At least 60 credits of master’s studies completed

Summer period

  • Searching for a thesis work position in a company or other organisation
  • Outlining a preliminary thesis topic, for example in collaboration with a company

Year 2

Period 1

  • Master’s course study
  • Outlining the thesis topic

Period 2

  • Course study
  • Starting the master’s thesis
  • (Master’s thesis info event)

Period 3

  • Course study
  • Conducting master’s thesis work

Period 4

  • Completing coursework
  • Finishing the master’s thesis
  • Preparing for graduation

Graduating as a master

At the master’s thesis info event, the Industrial Engineering and Management teachers provide guidance particularly in matters related to the start of the thesis project. Students may ask questions and any matters that require further clarification can be discussed together. This event is also arranged a second time: in the  2nd period of year two when preparations for the thesis must begin at the latest. Further information is available for example on Moodle, see course CS90A0060 Master’s thesis.

In the summer after the first year of their master’s studies, students make preliminary plans: identify potential companies or organisations for thesis work and come up with preliminary topics for the thesis.

Students start their thesis project under the guidance of their degree programme. Once you know your possible topic and company/organisation, you can contact your degree programme’s first examiner. Finding a suitable workplace and topic is a major factor in determining when you can start your thesis work, but before you can begin you must have accumulated sufficient theoretical and practical skills. A kick-off meeting with the professor is arranged at the beginning of the project, enabling the student to agree on the start of the project and other related matters (may be conducted by phone or via Skype). The topic application (1A form, download the form here) must be submitted as soon as possible after this meeting. For the application to be approved, the student must have

  • received his or her bachelor’s degree if admitted to LUT to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • completed complementary studies if he or she was directly admitted to the master’s programme and if complementary studies were needed.

 

Funding of the master’s thesis

At LUT, students of technology usually sign an employment contract with the company or receive a grant from the company for the thesis work. Students may also already be employed by the company.

The Research Foundation of Lappeenranta University of Technology provides grants from donated funds.