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Guide for publishing Licentiate and Master's theses: Writing

This guide you can publish your thesis in the Osuva Publication Archive

Writing Guidelines for University of Vaasa

Writing guidelines are applicable for bachelor's, master's, and licentiate theses. In addition, the guidelines apply if relevant also in all other written study assignments, such as seminar works and other exercises.

The writing guidelines provide guidance on the layout, citation practices, and finalising of theses. The writing guidelines do not cover all possible cases. If something is unclear, please consult your supervisor.

Remember responsible conduct of research.

Support for Writing

University of Vaasa student, stuck with your thesis? Need some help?

Come and try out the thesis workshop! In the workshop, we solve thesis related problems together, overcome writer’s blocks, give and get peer support and share tips, and above all, speed up the thesis writing process.

Online Thesis Workshop

When: Thursdays at 16-17
Where: Online
Why: You will make progress with your thesis writing, get peer support and tips for time management and information search
How: Just click in.
Contact: Ray Ohtonen, Psychologist | Niina Sorvari, Information Specialist

Important information before starting a thesis

Do not include business or trade secrets in theses. Keep this content as background material. If a thesis includes confidential information, its use must be agreed in advance with the supervisor and potential commissioner.

A thesis is always a public document that any interested party can access and examine.

Bachelor's thesis

A bachelor's programme usually includes introductory lectures, seminars, and writing a bachelor's thesis. The goal of a bachelor's thesis is to develop the skills for independent research on the research topic, the design and determination of the scope of the research problem, and to train the student for academic writing. A bachelor's degree must meet the requirements for independent academic work, and demonstrate familiarity with academic problem definition and also different approaches and methods.

Theses are divided into an introduction, a presentation of the research and a summary. The student can choose the method and emphasis after discussing with the supervisor. A variety of good bachelor’s theses can be written on the same subject. Almost the only rule is that the first chapter must be an introduction and the last chapter must be either reflection and conclusion, a summary, or other similar chapter with a title that reflects the nature of the work.

Maturity test

In the maturity essay, the students are expected to demonstrate both proficiency in their field of study and fluency in the written text.

For international master’s students and Finnish master’s students who have previously completed a Finnish bachelor degree, the abstract included in the master’s thesis serves as the maturity test so a separate maturity test is not required. The thesis supervisor marks in the thesis evaluation form that the familiarity with the field of study has been demonstrated in the abstract. Please see writing guidelines concerning the abstract.

Master's thesis

A master’s thesis aims to familiarise students with the academic discussion and research in their field, to produce an independent thesis related to their field, and to demonstrate proficiency in their academic field.

A master's thesis in engineering covers a topic related to a professional field, and the student shall agree on the topic with a professor in the field. The thesis subject may also be multidisciplinary (the content may include both major and minor subjects) in a manner agreed with the professor in the field.

The abstract text serves as a maturity test in Master's thesis. Abstract length should be one page when following the writing guidelines.

Licentiate thesis

Guidelines mentioned above apply also to licentiate theses.

A licenciate thesis is published in Osuva publication archive at least 10 days before the review.

When your text is ready

All theses written in the University of Vaasa are checked for plagiarism by using Turnitin software before they are accepted.

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