The thesis is the culmination of your studies

The thesis is one of the most important elements of your UAS studies. Its purpose is to

  • develop your ability to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned,
  • demonstrate your ability to apply these competences in professional roles in your chosen field,
  • help you internalise the practices of scientific writing,
  • develop your analytical and reasoning skills, critical thinking and ethical inquiry.

Submitting schedule

Thesis submitting and graduation schedule, 2018

Thesis submitting and graduation schedule, 2019


Theses at Diak are workplace-oriented

All theses produced at Diak are research-based and aimed at developing an area of work. They are usually linked to Diak’s learning environments, workplace development projects and work placement periods.

The thesis can be research-focused i.e. involve a study or report, or a development project, which involves developing, implementing and evaluating new products, practices or processes. A developmental thesis can be produced in the form of a project, product R&D, or a development project.

Theses can be produced individually, in pairs or teams of 3–4 students.

This page contains information according to the curriculum edition 2015 or later. If you are looking for thesis instructions of the 2010 edition, see the guide.


Different types of theses

Theses at Diak are workplace-oriented. The work is supervised by a teacher as well as an external expert, usually someone from the world of work.

There are two possible ways to produce a thesis: as a monograph or a series of chapters.

A series can consist of written chapters such as blog posts, interview-based learning assignments or literary reviews. Other possible forms include video and photography, posters, oral presentations in conjunction with professional conferences or training events, and statistical reviews.

A monograph is a single coherent publication, and the most traditional form of a written thesis. A monograph concentrates on a single topic, and the theoretical framework of reference, research questions and methodology are decided in the thesis planning stage.

Your thesis can be considered as research-based if it meets the general criteria for research. Alternatively, it can be a development project or a product R&D project leading to a new product, service, model or business idea.


Getting started with your thesis

The Ammattialan kehittämistyön välineet  I and II modules are designed as preparatory modules for thesis work. Modules which are related to the thesis usually start in the fourth semester.

The thesis process takes place alongside the Kehittämis- ja innovaatiotoiminta I–IV modules, and additional forms of support include methodology workshops, Finnish language and communication workshops as well as informational retrieval training organised by the library.

Familiarise yourself with seminars as early as possible and register for a presentation. You will first present an idea paper and later your thesis plan, which you will draw up in cooperation with your supervisors and workplace or project partners. The supervisor will approve your thesis plan before you can start implementing your project.

Read more about the thesis process from the Participatory and Research-based Development Handbook. The handbook contains a lot of useful information for thesis writers.