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Instructions for Master's Thesis

Assessment

The Master’s thesis is assessed on a scale of 1–5, in which 5 is the highest possible grade. The assessment criteria are presented in Appendix 6. The assessed areas are the following:

  • choice of the topic
  • setting the goals
  • progress of the process
  • Command of knowledge
  • Research and development methods and command of them
  • Results and/or production of the research or development project
  • Conclusions and discussion of the research or development project
  • Reporting
  • Publication or presentation of the thesis.

The assessment is made by the supervisor of the thesis, assigned by the University of Applied Sciences, who may request a statement from the commissioner’s representative. If necessary, the thesis is also assessed by another teacher. The target of the assessment is both the output itself and the process. An electronic, printable assessment form is in Appendix 8, and it is available in SeAMK Intra.

The commissioner’s representative may assess the outcome of the thesis, the benefits obtained through it, and the progress of the process from their own perspective and give an assessment statement to the supervising teacher (Appendix 9).  The commissioner’s representative’s assessment is taken into account in the final grading of the thesis.


If the student is not satisfied with the assessment of their thesis, they can file a request for rectification. The request for rectification shall be made within 14 days from the date on which the student has had the opportunity to learn of the results of the assessment and the assessment criteria to their thesis (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, 57 §). The request for rectification is submitted to the teacher who administered the assessment. The teacher processes the request for rectification together with the Head of Programme. The decision on the filed request for rectification shall be made within two weeks from the date on which the person who administered the assessment learnt of the request for rectification. 

A student not satisfied with the decision on their request for rectification can appeal to the Examination Board of the University of Applied Sciences (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014; Valtioneuvoston asetus ammattikorkeakouluista 1129/2014). The appeal to the Examination Board of the University of Applied Sciences shall be made in writing within 14 days from the date on which the student learnt of the decision. The appeal is filed to the SeAMK Admission and Student Services. A decision made by the Admission and Student Services in a rectifying procedure concerning the assessment of study attainments cannot be appealed against in court (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014).

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