Master´s thesis in REC - starting and topic:

Start defining your topic. When doing it is suggested to consider the following aspects

  • What am I interested in? What would I like to learn about more?
  • What kind of research methods would I like to use (qualitative, quantitative etc)? What kind of limitations does this set for the topic (e.g. in terms of availability of data).
  • Am I doing the thesis independently or am I doing it for a company? If you are doing your thesis for a company, discuss the topic and timetable with your employer.

After these contemplations, you should already have some broad idea of your prospective thesis topic.
After this, read a bit of academic literature (journal articles) to find and confirm that there is a research gap.
Also check that the exact same topic has not been addresses in a Master’s thesis recently. If it has, check the thesis and confirm that your planned contribution is different from the earlier work.

Contact your supervising professor to discuss your thesis and topic. The professors at the department will help you find the right supervisor. Here you find also information about research fields of the Department of Built Environment.

You have to apply for the topic of your thesis.

If needed, check if there is any additional support offered by Language Center for writing your thesis:

More information and Instruction on starting and applying for topic in the Master's Programme in REC

Master's thesis

General information about the thesis

The master’s thesis is a 30-credit entity that also includes the maturity essay and presentation of the thesis. The master's thesis is a piece of applied research and is written on a topic related to the advanced studies of the degree programme. The key goal of the master’s thesis is solving a problem relevant to the field of study based on existing scientific knowledge in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research.

First milestone: Applying for a master’s thesis topic

 1. Familiarise yourself with the School of Engineering Thesis Guidelines

See School of Engineering thesis guidelines in English (pdf) and Finnish (pdf).

If your thesis includes personal data, see instructions on how to handle personal data in research.

 2. Search for a thesis topic (you can use your programme's thesis topic bank or search for a topic independently)

Ask the programme director and/or administrative staff about a possible programme thesis topic bank, look into the possibility of conducting the research in one of the research groups at the university and / or keep track of what Finnish company thesis positions are vacant in Aalto JobTeaser.

Take also advantage of the Aalto University thesis agreement templates and contract instructions if your thesis is done for a company.

 3. Discuss thesis topic with the supervisor and obtain a written approval

The supervisor's written approval for thesis topic can be either a screenshot of a email conversation (containing full topic of thesis) or a topic agreement form completed by the supervisor.

 4. Submit your application for the thesis topic in eAge

Once you have the supervisor's written approval for thesis topic, submit the thesis application in eAge. Attach the supervisor's written approval to the application.

Your Sisu study plan must be completed and approved when you apply for the thesis topic.

You can find the thesis topic deadlines and the processing dates in the in the table below. The thesis topic, thesis language and the thesis supervisor and advisor(s) are approved by the degree programme committee. If any of the aforementioned information change significantly, you are required to resubmit the thesis topic application. If you only make minor changes to the thesis title, there is no need to apply for a new topic. The thesis topic and the completed thesis cannot be approved at the same degree committee meeting.

You will be notified via eAge once the thesis topic has been approved by the degree committee meeting. The approved topic is always valid for one (1) whole year.

Second milestone: Writing the master's thesis

 1. Attend a possible Master’s thesis seminar

Attend the master’s thesis seminar, if one is organised by your programme or the Language Centre. Participation is usually voluntary, but recommended.

 2. Get to know the thesis evaluation criteria

Familiarise yourself with the School of Engineering criteria and guidelines for master's thesis evaluation (in English and Finnish).

 3. Submit the completed thesis to the Turnitin system and to your supervisor

Turnitin is an online platform that reviews the thesis text for originality and ensures that the work is not plagiarized. Ask your supervisor about his / her Turnitin practices. Once your supervisor has checked the Turninit report, you are granted permission to publish.

Turnitin instructions for students can be found here.

 4. Agree with the supervisor on the presentation of the thesis

The thesis process also includes a final thesis presentation which is agreed with the supervisor. The presentation must be held at the latest when applying for the approval and evaluation of thesis in eAge.

 5. Make sure that the supervisor approves the thesis abstact as a maturity test

The thesis process involves demonstrating conversance with the field and the student's knowledge about the topic, which is done by completing a "maturity test". Nowadays at the School of Engineering the abstract of the thesis (a 250-300 word summary of the content of the thesis) serves as the maturity essay.

The completion of the maturity essay / abstract must be agreed with the supervisor before applying for the approval of the thesis. The supervisor checks and acknowledges whether the thesis abstract is accepted as a completed maturity test. The maturity test is graded either pass or fail.

Those students with Finnish schooling who have already demonstrated language proficiency in a maturity essay for a bachelor’s degree are not required to demonstrate it again by writing a maturity essay for the master's degree. 

Third milestone: Applying for evaluation and approval of master's thesis

 1. Submit your application for the approval of completed thesis in eAge

Once you have permission to publish from the supervisor, submit the thesis approval and evaluation application in eAge

Attach the completed, corrected and final thesis to the application and make sure it is the correct PDF/A format (differs from a "regular" PDF). See Aalto University instructions for converting and checking the file format. The thesis file cannot be corrected or changed after the approved thesis has arrived in Aaltodoc publication archive.

You can find the thesis deadlines and the processing dates in the in the table below. These deadlines are absolute and no late applications will be processed. You will be notified via eAge once the thesis has been approved and evaluated by the degree committee meeting. 

If the thesis is the last entity to be completed in your studies and you wish to graduate: at the same time you leave the eAge thesis approval application you must also apply for graduation in Sisu (see below step 2).

 2. Submit a graduation request in Sisu

If you have compleated all your studies, you can submit an electronic request for the degree certificate at Sisu in same time with your application for the approval of your master's thesis. You can find more information under 'Graduation'.

Thesis deadlines

 Timetable

Note that the dates below are not flexible and concern both thesis topic approvals and approving completed theses. Graduation will be automatically postponed to the next date if the graduation application in Sisu is not submitted by deadline or if all credits (except thesis and maturity test) are not registered by that date.

The degree programme committee is a body that approves both master's thesis topics and completed theses. A thesis topic and a completed thesis cannot be approved in the same meeting.

Dates marked with an asterisk *) are aimed for bachelor students and those master students whose thesis has been approved in previous meetings, but who want to graduate.

Year 2021

Deadline for thesis applications

Last day to apply for approval of thesis topic or completed thesis.

Official graduation date on certificate. All credits (except thesis and maturity test) must be registered in Sisu.

Degree programme committee meeting

The date on which thesis applications are processed.

You will receive notification to aalto email when your application is approved.

Note: Seven meetings / year


Degree awards by Dean

Dean's decision on graduating students. After this your degree will be registered in Sisu.

You will receive email notification in about a month from this date about certificate pickup and graduation ceremonies.

Thu 31.12.2020Mon 25.1.Wed 27.1.
Mon 25.1.2021 *)no meeting *)Wed 10.2.
Mon 22.2.2021Mon 15.3.Wed 17.3.
Mon 29.3.2021 *)no meeting *)Wed 14.4.
Mon 26.4.2021Mon 17.5.Wed 19.5.
Mon 24.5.2021Mon 14.6.Wed 16.6.
Mon 28.6.2021 *)no meeting *)Wed 14.7. The decision is postponed to 25.8. due to system update. More information for student who have sent application by 28.6. will be sent by e-mail on week 26.
Fri 30.7.2021Mon 23.8.Wed 25.8. The decision is postponed to 27.8. due to system update.
Mon 30.8.2021 *)no meeting *)Wed 15.9.
Mon 27.9.2021Mon 18.10.Wed 20.10.
Mon 25.10.2021 *)no meeting *)Wed 10.11.
Mon 22.11.2021Mon 13.12.Wed 15.12.
Fri 31.12.2021January 2022January 2022

Year 2022

Deadline for thesis applications

Last day to apply for approval of thesis topic or completed thesis.

Official graduation date on certificate. All credits (except thesis and maturity test) must be registered in Sisu.

Degree programme committee meeting

The date on which thesis applications are processed.

You will receive notification to aalto email when your application is approved.

Note: Seven meetings / year

Degree awards by Dean

Dean's decision on graduating students. After this your degree will be registered in Sisu.

You will receive email notification in about a month from this date about certificate pickup and graduation ceremonies.

Fri 31.12.2021Mon 24.1.Wed 26.1.
Mon 31.1.2022 *)Mon 7.3. Additional meeting for curriculum topics, no MSc theses *)Wed 16.2.
Mon 28.2.2022Mon 21.3.Wed 23.3.
Mon 28.3.2022 *)no meeting *)Wed 13.4.
Mon 25.4.2022Mon 16.5.Wed 18.5.
Mon 30.5.2022Mon 13.6.Wed 15.6.
Mon 27.6.2022 *)no meeting *)Wed 13.7.
Fri 29.7.2022Mon 22.8.Wed 24.8. 
Mon 29.8.2022 *)no meeting *)Wed 14.9.
Mon 26.9.2022Mon 10.10.Wed 12.10.
Mon 31.10.2022 *)no meeting *)Wed 16.11.
Mon 21.11.2022Mon 12.12.Wed 14.12.
Fri 30.12.2022January 2023January 2023



Thesis document template

See official Aalto University thesis templates (Finnish, Swedish and English).

Master’s thesis as a part of the Aalto Thesis programme

Aalto Thesis programme is a optional, multidisciplinary and working life oriented opportunity to enhance your professional competences during the thesis process. In the programme 2 to 4 students from different fields form a team to take on a six month project that involves solving a complex challenge faced by a working life partner.

All Aalto Master's students can apply to the programme. Each project has its own application and selected students receive a grant to support their thesis work.

Follow Aalto Thesis website for uncoming applications and more information about past projects.

Electronic archiving of the master's thesis and thesis publicity

All approved Aalto University master’s theses and their metadata (incl. author, thesis topic, thesis language, keywords and thesis supervisor/advisors) are stored in the Aaltodoc publication archive. When applying for the approval of the completed thesis, a student can define whether they want only the metadata or the whole thesis to be public in Aaltodoc. The thesis metadata and the PDF/A file are found also in the INSSI database.

Publication of a thesis can be postponed up to one year from the date of approval, i.e., the thesis does not have to be published immediately if delaying publication is necessary for reasons such as patent applications or trade secrets. However, it is worth noting that theses as public documents can be freely viewed in electronic format by visiting the Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

Questions?

With any questions or ambiguities please contact administrative staff:

  • AAE, EEN: Sanni Valkeapää (sanni.valkeapaa@aalto.fi)
  • ISEE, SELECT, EIT-ES, EIT-MANU, EIT-UM: Nelli Markula (nelli.markula@aalto.fi)
  • MEC, NMME, Cold Climate: Helena Suonsilta (helena.suonsilta@aalto.fi)
  • GIS, REC, SPT, CS, USP in REE: Suvi Jämsä (suvi.jamsa@aalto.fi)
  • GEO, CIV, WAT, EMMEP: Harri Långstedt (harri.langstedt@aalto.fi)

Presenting your master’s thesis (Real Estate Economics - REC)

 Presenting master's thesis (REC)
The presentation of a master’s thesis should shortly include:
  • What was researched (the research question)
  • How the research was made (the data and methods of the study)
  • What was found (the results of the research as a summary)
  • What did you learn

Please see timetable for approval and evaluation of the master's thesis.

Two alternative ways to present master’s thesis:

A.  Video presentation (Youtube, Vimeo or other)

  • Video presentation of 5-10 minutes
  • Including approximately 5-7 powerpoint slides
  • Aalto University, the advisor and supervisor must be shown in the video (spoken or in the powerpoint slides)
  • Send the link of the video to the supervisor of your Master’s Thesis and to Suvi Jämsä (suvi.jamsa@aalto.fi) at latest by the deadline for the applications.

The video must be on public display at least until the approval of the Master Thesis


B. Presentation event  - so far cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation

Maturity test (Real Estate Economics - REC)

 Maturity test (REC)

Academic Committee of the School of Engineering has decided in its meeting held on 23 March, 2020, that the abstract of student’s master’s thesis will serve as the maturity essay of 1 August, 2020. The prerequisite for this is that proficiency in Finnish or Swedish has already been established in the bachelor's degree or that the student has been exempted from completing another language (Finnish or Swedish). More information from study coordinator Suvi Jämsä (suvi.jamsa@aalto).




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