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Graduation guide

Please note that from 1.8.2017 one of the supervisors of the thesis has to be a professor.

Graduation as a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics involves several stages.



1. Maturity test

Maturity test is a short exam arranged by your supervisor to test your ability to write academic text in the language of your degree (usually English) and indirectly check that you have really written your Master's thesis yourself.

2. Plagiarism recognition system Urkund

Starting from 1.08.2014 every Master's thesis has to be checked for plagiarism through plagiarism recognition system Urkund. You must submit a pdf-version of your thesis to the Urkund e-mail of your supervisor. More information and instructions can be found here: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/alakopsaa/urkund-instructions-for-the-student/?lang=en

3. Master's thesis submission to the electronic archive

According to the decision of the Dean of the Faculty of Science starting 1.8.2012 all the theses have to be saved to the electronic archive https://ethesis.helsinki.fi/repository/handle/123456789/13/submit before thesis is accepted and registered to WebOodi system. Thesis upload is student's own responsibility.

If during the submission you do not allow thesis to be published elsewhere, thesis pdf-version can only be used at the local library (only the abstract of the thesis will be available for public use through E-thesis-service).

If you accept publishing agreement, after submission your thesis can be openly found in the Internet using for example Google. Department strongly suggests to do so.

If your thesis was done for some private company or other than the University of Helsinki institution it is advisable to make a separate publishing agreement with that organization.

4. Master's thesis submission, checking and approval

 

Submission in the electronic form (PDF-format only!!!)

You can submit a preliminary thesis version to your supervisor in electronic format (via e-mail or using memory stick, PDF-format). You do not need to print it.

The final version of the thesis must be submitted to the Department's Academic Affairs Office email mathstat-info@helsinki.fi.

NOTE: you must submit exactly the same version of your thesis as the version you saved to the electronic database. The submission should be done well in advance of the Department Council meeting where Master's theses are evaluated and approved.

Graduation as a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics involves several stages.

1. Maturity test

Maturity test is a short exam arranged by your supervisor to test your ability to write academic text in the language of your degree (usually English) and indirectly check that you have really written your Master's thesis yourself.

2. Plagiarism recognition system Urkund

Starting from 1.08.2014 every Master's thesis has to be checked for plagiarism through plagiarism recognition system Urkund. You must submit a pdf-version of your thesis to the Urkund e-mail of your supervisor. More information and instructions can be found here: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/alakopsaa/urkund-instructions-for-the-student/?lang=en

3. Master's thesis submission to the electronic archive

According to the decision of the Dean of the Faculty of Science starting 1.8.2012 all the theses have to be saved to the electronic archive https://ethesis.helsinki.fi/repository/handle/123456789/13/submit before thesis is accepted and registered to WebOodi system. Thesis upload is student's own responsibility.

If during the submission you do not allow thesis to be published elsewhere, theses pdf-version can only be used at the local library (only the abstract of the thesis will be available for public use through E-thesis-service).

If you accept publishing agreement, after submission your thesis can be openly found in the Internet using for example Google. Department strongly suggests to do so.

If your thesis was done for some private company or other than the University of Helsinki institution it is advisable to make a separate publishing agreement with that organization.

4. Master's thesis submission, checking and approval

At the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Master's thesis are  evaluated and approved by the Department Council. The schedule of the Department Council meetings can be found under "Department Council" section here:  http://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/mathstat/Hallinto. The following documents must be submitted:

  • A thesis description with an explanation of the proposed grade filled out and signed by the thesis supervisor. The description must contain a statement that the maturity test has been passed. (This form can be found in the bottom of the Tutkielmat-page, in Finnish only)
  • Confirmation from the thesis author that he/she has been informed of the proposed grade and the explanation of the grade that will be considered at the Departmental Council meeting. The form can be found here: Master of Science Thesis announcement from a student
  • Full text of the thesis and its abstract on a separate form. These can be submitted in the electronic form to the Department's Academic Affairs Office email mathstat-info@helsinki.fi.
  • Confirmation that the thesis has been checked with plagiarism recognition system Urkund.

There are usually two thesis supervisors. You should allow at least one month for them to read your thesis, make suggestions and for any corrections that you may need to make.

Thesis grading scale for students studying in the old programme:

  • laudatur (l)
  • eximia cum laude approbatur (ecl)
  • magna cum laude approbatur (mcl)
  • cum laude approbatur (c)
  • non sine laude approbatur (nsla)
  • lubenter approbatur (b)
  • approbatur (a)

The author of the thesis can file a complaint if he / she does not agree with the thesis evaluation, but it has to be based on a strong reason.

5. After your thesis has been accepted and evaluated

When your thesis has been accepted you should discuss with your supervisor about the study units. You might as well contact the Master's Degree responsible contact person: MasterProgrammes. You will receive an official document about your study units and based on this document the Department's Academic Affairs Office will register them to the WebOodi-system.

You can then apply to graduate through the Faculty Academic Affairs office:http://www.helsinki.fi/facultyofscience/forms/ApplicationMasterofScienceDiploma.pdf

Further information regarding graduation ceremonies at the Faculty of Science can be found here: http://www.helsinki.fi/facultyofscience/studies/graduation-ceremonies.html

 

 

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