KIE-34156 Thesis Writing, 3 cr

Additional information

This course is only available to students writing their Master's thesis in English. Some implementations may be exclusively for students in specifically mentioned Master's degree programs with a requirement to take Thesis Writing.

You must have a topic for your thesis and be ready to start writing it in order to participate in this course: you learn as you write.

If you wish to prepare your academic writing skills in advance of starting to write your thesis, then you need to sign up for the course KIE-34106 Academic Writing in English.
The course is only intended for degree students

Person responsible

Heidi Jauni, Mia ONeill, Sari Isokääntä

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to prepare TUT graduate students in their second year of an international MSc. program for the writing of a thesis. Students will become more familiar with the institutional and departmental expectations and guidelines for writing a thesis. In particular, students will learn to paraphrase, summarize and cite appropriate sources in their theses. Moreover, they will learn to organise sections of their theses according to the conventions of their fields, especially the introduction and abstract. Finally, students will acquire an understanding of appropriate academic style and principles for writing readable text in English. This course contains many of the same elements of KIE-34106 but is targeted directly at the thesis rather than essay writing.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Referencing and citation according to the format and recommendations of the department, i.e. use of secondary sources, particularly paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing effectively, as well as avoiding plagiarism.      
2. Effective organization of sections of the thesis, particularly the title, abstract, introduction, and theoretical background, with an awareness of field-specific conventions.     
3. Construction of formal, clear English in a readable style at the sentence level. Raising awareness of consistent idiosyncratic weaknesses in grammar or vocabulary that may impede writing if not addressed.     
4. Creating of coherent and cohesive paragraphs.     
5. Effective use of punctuation.     

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Other online content           Course materials and exercises will be provided through Moodle.   No   

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KIE-34156 Thesis Writing, 3 cr KIE-34157 Thesis Writing in English, 2-3 cr  

Updated by: Lewis Sarina, 07.12.2018