A dissertation is a coherent presentation of new scientific knowledge, based on the author’s independent research in one of the disciplines available at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

A dissertation may be a monograph or an article-based dissertation.

Instructions for submitting a dissertation/Licentiate thesis for examination as well as instructions for serving as preliminary examiner, opponent and a member of the dissertation grading committee are available on the Flamma pages of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. For more information on the course of the public examination, see the “Welcome to the public examination” pages.

Dissertation grading scale

Pass with distinction
The dissertation is outstanding and ambitious in the light of all the assessment criteria. The dissertation meets the relevant ethical criteria.

The dissertation fulfils the Faculty’s definition of a dissertation and meets the relevant ethical criteria.

The dissertation does not fulfil the Faculty’s criteria for a dissertation and/or the relevant ethical standards.

Assessment criteria

Choice of topic and research problem
While the dissertation topic must be connected to previous research, the dissertation should also generate genuinely new knowledge. It may also serve to open a new line of investigation. The study must be appropriately delineated. The research questions must be phrased in a way that allows them to be reasonably answered within the scope of the study.

Conceptual clarity and theoretical mastery of the topic
The concepts must be clear, and the author must demonstrate that he or she is in command of the theories behind the research and able to conceptualise the research problem.

Use of methods
The methods must be well grounded and enable the author to address the research problem. Diverse use of research methods is commendable, as is in-depth mastery and insightful use of the research methods.

The material must be high quality and sufficient considering the choice of research problem and method.

Presentation of the results
The results must be presented clearly and logically. Analysis should be logical and well grounded.

The conclusions must be systematic and well grounded and pertain to the research problem, material and method. The author should avoid speculation.

The dissertation as a whole and the standard of the language used
The dissertation must have a logical structure with clear language. The text should be coherent and logical and focus on the essential. Argumentation must advance logically. The researcher must demonstrate critical thinking, originality and independence.

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