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Table of Contents

1. Course title

Pro gradu -tutkielma
Master's Thesis
Master's Thesis


2. Course code



3. Course status: compulsory

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences (compulsory for all study tracks)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

7. Scope of the course in credits

30 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Antti Lauri

9. Course learning outcomes

You will gain a deep understanding of the scientific problem treated in the thesis. You will gain experience in the scientific method and skills to present the problem and its solution in a sound and scientifically rigorous way.

10. Course completion methods

 In an exceptional case it is possible to write the thesis as a pair. This must be stated already in the thesis plan, and the responsibilities must be clearly defined.

11. Prerequisites

Essential parts of ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences.

12. Recommended optional studies

13. Course content

In your thesis you will focus on a particular problem in atmospheric and Earth sciences research, applying the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies to solve the problem. Your thesis is a written work that demonstrates your ability to think scientifically, your command of research methods, your familiarity with your area of research, and your aptitude for written scientific communication. Your thesis should contain a definition of the research questions, a review of the relevant literature, and a theoretical, computational and/or experimental section pursuing your solution to the research questions.

14. Recommended and required literature


15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Before starting the thesis work, the student and the supervisor(s) prepare a plan for the thesis. The plan (form attached) is approved by the programme board.

You will have a supervisor who will have regular meetings with you to ensure that your thesis work is progressing smoothly and on schedule.

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16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Grading scale 1-5.

The evaluation matrix

View file
namePro gradu thesis evaluation matrix .pdf

Thesis has to have two examiners from which one has to be a professor or assistant professor and the other a person with at least a doctoral degree.

17. Teaching language

The thesis can be written in Finnish, Swedish or English.