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Before starting to write your thesis, read the Master's Thesis Guide (in Finnish here) for students and familiarize yourself with copyright issues.

 Maturity test guidelines and form

In an MA degree the abstract of the thesis work serves as maturity test. If a student has had her school education in a language other than Finnish or Swedish, only the content of the abstract will be evaluated (not the language).

Maturity test form

 Submitting the thesis for evaluation

NOTE! When your thesis is ready, confirm from your supervisor/advisor that you can hande it for evaluation.

Checklist for submitting the thesis

  • Add an abstract to your thesis. It is recommended to use the thesis abstract form (above)
  • Submit a PDF/A version of your thesis to the database (instructions below)
  • NOTE! If you have submitted your thesis for evaluation between 1 August 2019 and 31 December 2019 you can apply for compensation for thesis printing costs for the three required copies to the school (the three printed copies are no longer required after 1 January 2020). Maximum amount of compensation is 150 €. The compensation can be applied for after the thesis has been submitted for evaluation. The compensation will be granted only once per student. The student needs to verify the costs by handing in the receipt of the printing costs.
 How to create a PDF/A file

According to Finnish archiving practices, the file should be saved in PDF/A format. PDF/A is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents. PDF/A differs from PDF by omitting features ill-suited to long-term archiving. Library recommends ISO-standardized versions PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b & PDF/A-2.

Instructions on how to convert files to PDF/A -format using the different tools

  • Aaltodoc Instructions
  • Microsoft Word 2010: File » Save As ---> Save as type = PDF ---> Options ---> Choose: ISO 19005-1-compliant (PDF/A)
  • PDF-XChange 4.0: Print ---> PDF-XChange 4.0 ---> Properties ---> General ---> Choose: PDF/A-1b (RGB)
  • Open Office 3.2 Writer: File ---> Export as PDF ---> Choose: PDF/A-1a

Convert the PDF file so that it is suitable for web publishing. The recommended size for the pdf/a document is under 20 Mb and for Theses including a lot of images under 100 Mb. If your document is over 100 Mb, you should resize it before saving, because readers may experience problems with opening large documents over the web. The maximum limit for documents is 500 Mb.

It is the student's responsibility to check that the PDF/A file has been correctly converted and that it is identical to the submitted thesis copies.

Naming the PDF file

You should name the file without Scandinavian letters (e.g. ä and ö) and special characters to the following format: school'sabbreviation_publishingyear_lastname_firstname.pdf, (e.g. arts_2013_meikalainen_matti.pdf).


Technical support:

  • IT Servicedesk (servicedesk@aalto.fi) is responsible for all PDF/A-conversion related issues

  • eAGE-helpdesk (eage@aalto.fi) helps if something went wrong with your eAge-submission

  • Aaltodoc-help (aaltodoc-help@aalto.fi) helps if something needs to be added or corrected in your thesis that is already in Aaltodoc

 Electronical archieving of the thesis work
  • Convert your thesis to PDF/A form. The work is archived as one document (including the abstract and  possible other attachments).
  • If you wish, you can save the cover page as a separate file (png image file format).
  • Login to eAge with Aalto user name.
  • NOTE: the information you will be asked after logging in:

    YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (also student number)

    STUDY INFORMATION (the degree that you are aiming at)

    META INFORMATION OF THE THESIS WORK:

    Supervisor's firstname and lastname

    Advisor's firstname and lastname, degree, employer and concact information (phone, email)

    Information if the the thesis was done on commission for a company or other external party

    KEY WORDS

    6-12 most important words or terms that describe the content of your thesis
    Assigning subject headings to your thesis


  • Fill in the form in the Thesis information sheet and click Save.
  • Add the PDF file of your thesis to the Thesis sheet.
  • You can add the image file of the cover page on the sheet Thesis cover. The cover picture will be shown in the Aaltodoc publication archive together with the metadata of your thesis.
  • Submit your thesis by clicking Submit in the Case details sheet


Technical support:

  • IT Servicedesk (servicedesk@aalto.fi) is responsible for all PDF/A-conversion related issues

  • eAGE-helpdesk (eage@aalto.fi) helps if something went wrong with your eAge-submission

  • Aaltodoc-help (aaltodoc-help@aalto.fi) helps if something needs to be added or corrected in your thesis that is already in Aaltodoc

 Thesis data in the Aaltodoc publication archive

The theses and the metadata of all theses will be archived in the Aaltodoc publication archive. The term metadata refers to the data that describes your thesis for example the title of thesis, the language, keywords and the advisor of thesis. When submitting the thesis in eAge you can give permission to publish the whole-text and/or the abstract through the Aaltodoc publication archive.

The thesis publishing date can be postponed by a maximum of one (1) year. Hence, students don’t have to publish the thesis immediately if they wish to postpone publishing for reasons related to other publications, patent applications or corporate secrets, for example. However, please note that the thesis is still a public document and it will be displayed publically. The public copy can be seen in the Learning Centre customer computers or sent via email by request.

If you do not grant permission for publishing, the archived PDF file will be available for anyone by request but it is not published online. The Learning Centre is obliged to send the digital version to anyone who wants to read the thesis.

If you have any questions related to thesis submission or saving, please contact your study coordinator or Learning Services.

If you have any comments regarding the data of your thesis, or you wish to make corrections, please send an email to marja.malmgren@aalto.fi.

Technical support:

  • IT Servicedesk (servicedesk@aalto.fi) is responsible for all PDF/A-conversion related issues

  • eAGE-helpdesk (eage@aalto.fi) helps if something went wrong with your eAge-submission

  • Aaltodoc-help (aaltodoc-help@aalto.fi) helps if something needs to be added or corrected in your thesis that is already in Aaltodoc



1.Thesis topic

The thesis is completed on one of the following topics, which the teacher in whose field the subject belongs and the student agree.

  1. Building Design (Professorships: Housing Design, Building Design, Emergent Design Methodologies, Building Technology, Wood Constructions, Design of Structures, Health and Wellbeing Architecture)
  2. Urban Planning and Design (Professorships: Urban Planning, Urban Design, Computational Methodology in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism);
  3. History and Theory of Architecture (Professorships: Architectural Principles and Theory, History of Architecture)

2. Finding a topic

The subject of the thesis can be obtained from the evaluation team when a bachelor's degree has been completed and a minimum of 45 credits has been passed from the higher university degree. Also it is required that the student has completed the studio/ -courses of the topic field. The deadline for theses is agreed by the supervisor and the author, so that it is up to one year. If a master's thesis is not submitted for examination by the deadline, the subject will expire and the student will have to rethink the review group. Thesis topics will be approved in all meetings, application deadline is one week before the meeting stated below

3. Master's thesis supervisor and instructor(s)

  • The Evaluation Group confirms the subject and language of the thesis and appoints a supervisor and one or two instructors for the thesis.
  • If the instructor is not specifically appointed, the supervisor can also acts as a instructor.
  • The supervisor may be a professor in the programme, designated by the director of degree programme, or by decision of the director of degree programme, a lecturer or other member of faculty well-acquainted with the school.

4. Master's thesis examiner

The Evaluation Group also determines a examiner/s of the thesis who is familiar with the topics of the thesis.

The examiner must have at least a higher university degree or have been appointed to a professorship at a university.

• The Evaluation Group decides on the approval of the work and gives it an assessment after having been acquainted with the examiner's written statement.

5. Publicity of the Master's thesis

The student must demonstrate maturity in dealing with the subject of the thesis. Presentation and evaluation seminars included in the Master's Thesis project are public. 

6. Progress of the Master's thesis

During the master's thesis, the supervisor must arrange for the student possibility to report on the progress of the work, from which the supervisor gives feedback. Similarly, the supervisor may ask the student to present the progress of their work.

7. Requesting the evaluation and approval of a thesis

Evaluation and approval of the thesis will be requested in writing  from  the review team. Diploma can be applied via eAGE. The student will receive a written statement of their work as a rule within one week of making the evaluation decision.

8. Presentation and Evaluation Days of Diploma Works at the Department of Architecture

Spring 2020 (presentation and evaluation will be in the same day)

CORONAVIRUS - Presentation and evaluation will be arranged via Zoom.Kindly get to know Zoom and apply for the license and download Zoom.

APPLICATION deadline 12 o’clock PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION
Monday 10.2.2020 (thesis to eAGE and form to M311 or email)Tuesday 10.3.2020 (F102)
Monday 11.5.2020 (thesis to eAGE and form by email to Sanna) Monday 8.6.2020 (Zoom) and Tuesday 9.6.2020 (Zoom)

Diploma topics will be approved in all meetings, topic application deadline is one week before the meeting stated above 

Academic year 2020-2021

APPLICATION deadline 12   PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION
Tuesday 15.9.2020 (thesis to eAGE and evaluation and approval form by email to Sanna Tekonen Tuesday 20.10.2020 (place will be confirmed later)
Tuesday 10.11.2020 (thesis to eAGE and evaluation and approval form by email to Sanna T.Monday 14.12.2020 & Tuesday15.12.2020 (in case many presentations, those will be divided among 2 days)
Tuesday 26.1.2021 (thesis to eAGE and evaluation and approval form by email to Sanna T.Tuesday 2.3.2021
Tuesday 4.5.2021 (thesis to eAGE and evaluation and approval form by email to Sanna T.Monday 7.6.2021 & Tuesday 8.6.2021 (in case many presentations, those will be divided among 2 days)

Diploma topics will be approved in all meetings, topic application deadline is one week before the meetings stated above.

4 WEEKS BEFORE THE PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION DAY

  1. Return evaluation and approval of Master's thesis form 4 weeks before presentation day due 12 o'clock (schedule above), to the reviewer's secretary at Department of Architecture, Otaniementie 14, 3rd floor, room M 311. 
  2. Save your thesis at eAGE due 4 week before the presentation and evaluation day due 12 o'clock
  3. Exhibition poster key content of the work - this can be diagrams, site plans, drawings or text. Exhibition poster and possible model will be at the exhibition the time between application and presentation and evaluation day. (New deadline for the poster is monday 18.5. Kindly prepare it and keep it yourself, do not sent to Markus Ahonen at PrintLab. Further guidelines will follow later how to proceed).

PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION DAY

Save your thesis presentation (10 min.) to the memory stick and take it with you to the presentation site, as well possible model. 

  • EACH THESIS IS GIVEN 30min
    10 min author’s presentation
    10 min examiner’s review
    10 min discussion

AFTER REVIEW OF THE THESIS

  1. Deliver your model (if you have) to the photographer, Anne Kinnunen for pictures → Otakaari 1X basement, room A023. You can also leave model in the front of the room A024, in case photographer is not available.

    Models will be photographed and saved during 1 year at the room A023. Some of the works will be in the annual thesis exhibition.

Master's Thesis forms