USP thesis


The master’s thesis (30 credits) is a piece of applied research conducted independently by the student. Its key goal is to solve a problem relevant to the field of study, based on existing scientific knowledge and in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research. Master’s theses are written on topics related to the advanced studies of the programme, agreed upon between the student and the supervising professor.

A master’s thesis may be an independent scholarly research project, a directed thesis within a larger research project in one of the universities, or a professionally-oriented thesis developed in the context of a cooperating partner. In particular, students are encouraged to build upon their work in the urban challenge studios or thesis seminars, which provide an ongoing context for collaboration and guidance. In all cases, the thesis must be a piece of original, creative work conceived and developed by the student. Supervision for all theses is recommended to include at least two experts from two or more of the study lines, and the subject of the thesis should be relevant across two or more study lines.

The scope of the Master's Thesis is 30 credits. In principle, the thesis process takes one semester of full-time work, including data collection, analysis and writing. In the thesis, students must show their capability for independent scientific thinking as well as their knowledge of the research theme, methodology and scientific language production. Students will make a research plan and follow it with the guidance from their supervisors.


All published Master's Theses from the University of Helsinki can be found in Helda, the Univeristy Digital Repository of the University of Helsinki. Here we gather some Theses from the graduates of the Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning.

  • Barbara Radaelli-Muuronen: "The role of Helsinki contemporary art biennial in placemaking and city branding. An interdisciplinary study on the establishment of a new cultural event." Link to Thesis and to Barbara's interview