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Evaluation Criteria for Master's Theses/Project
These evaluation criteria apply to quantitative and qualitative empirical studies as well as to literary reviews. The evaluation criteria for the
highest grades implicitly include the criteria for the lower grades: to be awarded a high grade, a thesis must meet the criteria for a good thesis.
To receive a passing grade, the thesis must meet all the criteria for a sufficient thesis. The overall grade is the average value of the component
grades.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
BACKGROUND AND
OBJECTIVE
Defining and describing the
phenomenon studied
The author defines
and describes the
studied
phenomenon poorly
or fails to define it
The author describes
and defines the
phenomenon, but in
a disconnected or
inadequate manner.
The author describes and
defines the studied
phenomenon and related key
concepts clearly.
The author describes and defines
the studied phenomenon and
related key concepts clearly and
comprehensively.
In addition to meeting the
criteria for the lower grades, the
author links the studied
phenomenon to a wider
scientific (theoretical or
altogether. methodological) context.
Justifying the choice of
topic in accordance with
the field’s conventions
The author gives a
few reasons to
justify his/her
choice of topic, but
the reasons fail to
form a whole. The
literature review is
The author justifies
his/her choice of
topic well.
The author justifies his/her
choice of topic well, and the
reasons form a logical whole.
The thesis addresses a
question not studied
previously.
In addition, the author justifies
his/her choice of topic from the
point of view of theory building,
previous research and practical
needs.
In addition, the author justifies
his/her choice of topic with
insight and from the point of
view of theory building,
previous research and practical
needs. The reasons provided
create a synthesis of previous
too brief or too knowledge. The studied
rambling. phenomenon and its research
tradition are zproblematized
well.
Presenting research
questions (purpose,
research problem, and
questions, problems and
objectives)
The author presents
research questions
he/she aims to
answer in the thesis.
The research
questions are well-
defined and
presented
according to the
conventions of the
field or
phenomenon.
The research questions are
clear, well-defined and well-
reasoned and are clearly
linked with the established
knowledge presented in the
study. The data is
appropriate to answer the
research questions.
The research questions are
especially relevant to the field.
The author has contributed
significantly to formulating the
research questions.
The author has phrased the
research questions
himself/herself, and the
research questions are
especially innovative or topical
in nursing science or public
health.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
DATA AND
METHODS
Describing the data
collection method and
context (NB: Even if the
author uses secondary
data, the description
The author describes the
data collection methods,
but the description of the
process is clearly
inadequate.
The author describes
the data collection
methods and the
collection process in
general.
The author describes the data
collection methods and context. The
description of the process proceeds
logically.
The author describes the
data collection methods
and context precisely. The
description of the process
is clear and
The author describes
and justifies his/her
data collection
methods, process and
context concisely.
meet the same comprehensive and The use of methods
requirements as demonstrates a good demonstrates a
personally collected theoretical and practical critical approach.
data.) command of data
collection.
Choosing, using and
reporting the data
processing and analysis
methods
The author describes the
analysis methods, data
processing stages, and
analysis, but the description
does not form a coherent
and logical whole. The
analysis methods are
mainly chosen to answer
the research questions, but
the author has insufficient
command of
The author gives an
overview of the
analysis methods, data
processing stages and
the analysis itself, but
the description may be
insufficient. In general,
the author uses methods
correctly.
The author correctly presents the
analysis methods and data
processing stages and also outlines
the analysis itself, allowing the
reader to follow the progress of the
process easily. The analysis
demonstrates a good command,
and reliable use of the method and
the author uses methodological
literature successfully.
The author justifies his/her
choice of analysis
methods and presents the
data processing stages and
analysis. Theanalysis
demonstrates that the
author has a good
command of the methods
both theoretically and in
practice. The author
makes good use of the
The author justifies
his/her choice of
methods
systematically and
presents the data
processing stages
and analysis. The
author skillfully
tailors the methods
to meet the needs of
his/her study.
the methods. data in the analysis and Overall, the use of
does a good job of taking methods are insightful
its richness and details and impeccable.
into consideration. The
author chooses the
methods sensibly to best
summarize the information
provided by the data.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
FINDINGS
1) Presenting findings
2) The quality of
reporting the findings
The findings can be
understood to answer the
research question, but
they are not presented
clearly or logically, nor
are they grouped by
research problem or
question.
The author presents the
findings according to
his/her research
problems or questions.
The author uses the
language of results to
present his/her findings,
which are clear and
answer the research
questions (no language
of analysis when
presenting findings).
The author presents his/her
findings comprehensively and
according to the research
problems or questions, and uses
the language of results. The
author interprets the results of
the analysis correctly and
illustrates his/her findings with
figures or tables.
The author presents the
findings appropriately,
correctly and concisely.
In addition, the
author presents
his/her findings
especially clearly, in
an engaging and
informative way.
The ratio of text to
figures and tables is
meaningful.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
DISCUSSION
Evaluating the reliability
of the study
The discussion
demonstrates a
relatively critical
approach to the
findings and
The discussion
considers the
reliability of the
findings and methods
to some extent.
The author describes the criteria
for reliability and mainly evaluates
the findings and methods
accordingly.
The author describes the
criteria for reliability
correctly and evaluates
the findings and
methods systematically
The author describes the
criteria for reliability
clearly and in
consideration of the
methodology, and
methods. in relation to the evaluates the findings and
criteria. methods systematically
and critically in relation to
the selected criteria.
Evaluating the ethicality of
the study and its research
framework (if a wider
discussion of ethical issues
The author
considers ethical
issues and points
of view somehow
The author considers
ethical issues and
viewpoints
throughout the
The author considers ethical issues
throughout the process and examines
them thoroughly in the thesis.
The author considers
and examines ethical
issues comprehensively
in the thesis, and uses
In addition, the author
examines ethical issues
critically.
is irrelevant, this and uses literature the research process, literature on research
component will not be on research discusses them only ethics successfully.
evaluated. To pass, the ethics. briefly.
author must mention that
he/she has considered
ethical issues and that
his/her research
framework includes none.)
Evaluating and discussing
the findings (including
conclusions)
The thesis includes
a discussion
chapter that brings
together the
findings and
involves at least
some discussion.
The discussion
summarizes the
study’s findings. The
author compares
his/her findings to
previous literature
and discusses only
briefly or fails to
discuss possible
differences and the
reasons for them.
The author systematically
evaluates and discusses his/her
main findings, compares them to
previous studies and analyses the
possible differences. The discussion
clearly indicates how the findings
answer the research questions, and
the author discusses the
significance of the findings for
practical applications or theory
building. The author concludes the
discussion with conclusions.
The discussion clearly
brings up new and
unexpected findings and
discusses them
analytically in the light
of previous literature.
The author gives logical
and well-justified
reasons for his/her
findings, and the
conclusions are strongly
rooted in the findings.
In addition, the discussion
forms a coherent and
logical whole. The author
evaluates and discusses
his/her findings
analytically and critically
demonstrates an indepth
knowledge of the field as
well asindependent
thinking.
Suggested topics for
further research are clearly
connected to this study's
findings.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
USE OF REFERENCES
The author uses at least
some Finnish and
international source
literature. The source
material is relevant to the
topic of the thesis.
The author generally
uses references
where they should
be used. The source
literature is relevant
to the topic.
The author uses varied sources in
an appropriate way. The author
demonstrates the ability to
evaluate the possible shortcomings
in previous studies and other
issues affecting the results.
In addition, the author
demonstrates that
he/she can place the
topic in a wider
scientific context.
His/her use of
references is very
good, and he/she cites
literature that differs
from or opposes the
phenomenon.
In addition, the author
uses reference material
exceptionally well,
critically and insightfully.
If little research has been
done on the subject in the
field, the author uses
reference material from
other fields.
GENERAL
IMPRESSION,
LANGUAGE AND
LAYOUT
There are some
grammatical and
spelling mistakes, but as
a whole, the thesis is
understandable. The
thesis includes all the
necessary components,
and the author uses a
referencing system
consistently and
correctly. The layout of
the thesis and any tables
and figures used is
smart. The list of
references is mostly
correct.
In addition, the
language mostly
follows the
conventions of good
scientific writing.
Tables and figures
have appropriate
headings, and the
author uses correct
in-text citations
when referring to
them.
In general, the language of the
thesis is impeccable (some
punctuation and typing errors,
etc. are allowed). The thesis
follows the conventions of
scientific writing; tables and
figures are well-constructed, easy
to read, understandable and have
headings that are comprehensible
even to a reader who isn't familiar
with the text.
The language of the
thesis is fluent, follows
the conventions of
scientific writing and
expresses clear and
logical thinking. The
author argues explicitly
and well.
The thesis and its
language express creative,
critical and innovative
thinking that fulfils the
formal requirements for a
Master's thesis. As a
whole, the thesis is well-
polished.
Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)
DEVELOPMENT
AS A
RESEARCHER
Working throughout
the research process,
on the research team
and/or in the
supervising
relationship
The author made a
supervising agreement
and followed it. He/she
did not, however, make
good use of supervision
despite problems in the
thesis work.
The author followed the agreed
schedule and came prepared to
supervising meetings. His/her work
was planned, but he/she did not
bring his/her own views forward or
adjust his/her views to those of the
supervisor/research team or the
requirements set out for Master’s
theses.
The author brought
forward his/her own views
and justified them, but was
also able to adopt the
suggestions of the
supervisor/research team.
The author demonstrated
the ability to give and
receive critical feedback.
The author came to the
supervising relationship
with a scientifically
justified view of what
or how he/she planned
to research.
OR
The author has
systematically acquired
new skills and
knowledge throughout
the process and clearly
developed as a
researcher.
The author was a great
help to the rest of the
research team/peer group
and demonstrated the
ability to analyze his/her
behavior and change it
when necessary.

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evalaution guidlines.pdf

  • 1. Evaluation Criteria for Master's Theses/Project These evaluation criteria apply to quantitative and qualitative empirical studies as well as to literary reviews. The evaluation criteria for the highest grades implicitly include the criteria for the lower grades: to be awarded a high grade, a thesis must meet the criteria for a good thesis. To receive a passing grade, the thesis must meet all the criteria for a sufficient thesis. The overall grade is the average value of the component grades. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Defining and describing the phenomenon studied The author defines and describes the studied phenomenon poorly or fails to define it The author describes and defines the phenomenon, but in a disconnected or inadequate manner. The author describes and defines the studied phenomenon and related key concepts clearly. The author describes and defines the studied phenomenon and related key concepts clearly and comprehensively. In addition to meeting the criteria for the lower grades, the author links the studied phenomenon to a wider scientific (theoretical or altogether. methodological) context. Justifying the choice of topic in accordance with the field’s conventions The author gives a few reasons to justify his/her choice of topic, but the reasons fail to form a whole. The literature review is The author justifies his/her choice of topic well. The author justifies his/her choice of topic well, and the reasons form a logical whole. The thesis addresses a question not studied previously. In addition, the author justifies his/her choice of topic from the point of view of theory building, previous research and practical needs. In addition, the author justifies his/her choice of topic with insight and from the point of view of theory building, previous research and practical needs. The reasons provided create a synthesis of previous too brief or too knowledge. The studied rambling. phenomenon and its research tradition are zproblematized well. Presenting research questions (purpose, research problem, and questions, problems and objectives) The author presents research questions he/she aims to answer in the thesis. The research questions are well- defined and presented according to the conventions of the field or phenomenon. The research questions are clear, well-defined and well- reasoned and are clearly linked with the established knowledge presented in the study. The data is appropriate to answer the research questions. The research questions are especially relevant to the field. The author has contributed significantly to formulating the research questions. The author has phrased the research questions himself/herself, and the research questions are especially innovative or topical in nursing science or public health.
  • 2. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) DATA AND METHODS Describing the data collection method and context (NB: Even if the author uses secondary data, the description The author describes the data collection methods, but the description of the process is clearly inadequate. The author describes the data collection methods and the collection process in general. The author describes the data collection methods and context. The description of the process proceeds logically. The author describes the data collection methods and context precisely. The description of the process is clear and The author describes and justifies his/her data collection methods, process and context concisely. meet the same comprehensive and The use of methods requirements as demonstrates a good demonstrates a personally collected theoretical and practical critical approach. data.) command of data collection. Choosing, using and reporting the data processing and analysis methods The author describes the analysis methods, data processing stages, and analysis, but the description does not form a coherent and logical whole. The analysis methods are mainly chosen to answer the research questions, but the author has insufficient command of The author gives an overview of the analysis methods, data processing stages and the analysis itself, but the description may be insufficient. In general, the author uses methods correctly. The author correctly presents the analysis methods and data processing stages and also outlines the analysis itself, allowing the reader to follow the progress of the process easily. The analysis demonstrates a good command, and reliable use of the method and the author uses methodological literature successfully. The author justifies his/her choice of analysis methods and presents the data processing stages and analysis. Theanalysis demonstrates that the author has a good command of the methods both theoretically and in practice. The author makes good use of the The author justifies his/her choice of methods systematically and presents the data processing stages and analysis. The author skillfully tailors the methods to meet the needs of his/her study. the methods. data in the analysis and Overall, the use of does a good job of taking methods are insightful its richness and details and impeccable. into consideration. The author chooses the methods sensibly to best summarize the information provided by the data.
  • 3. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) FINDINGS 1) Presenting findings 2) The quality of reporting the findings The findings can be understood to answer the research question, but they are not presented clearly or logically, nor are they grouped by research problem or question. The author presents the findings according to his/her research problems or questions. The author uses the language of results to present his/her findings, which are clear and answer the research questions (no language of analysis when presenting findings). The author presents his/her findings comprehensively and according to the research problems or questions, and uses the language of results. The author interprets the results of the analysis correctly and illustrates his/her findings with figures or tables. The author presents the findings appropriately, correctly and concisely. In addition, the author presents his/her findings especially clearly, in an engaging and informative way. The ratio of text to figures and tables is meaningful.
  • 4. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) DISCUSSION Evaluating the reliability of the study The discussion demonstrates a relatively critical approach to the findings and The discussion considers the reliability of the findings and methods to some extent. The author describes the criteria for reliability and mainly evaluates the findings and methods accordingly. The author describes the criteria for reliability correctly and evaluates the findings and methods systematically The author describes the criteria for reliability clearly and in consideration of the methodology, and methods. in relation to the evaluates the findings and criteria. methods systematically and critically in relation to the selected criteria. Evaluating the ethicality of the study and its research framework (if a wider discussion of ethical issues The author considers ethical issues and points of view somehow The author considers ethical issues and viewpoints throughout the The author considers ethical issues throughout the process and examines them thoroughly in the thesis. The author considers and examines ethical issues comprehensively in the thesis, and uses In addition, the author examines ethical issues critically. is irrelevant, this and uses literature the research process, literature on research component will not be on research discusses them only ethics successfully. evaluated. To pass, the ethics. briefly. author must mention that he/she has considered ethical issues and that his/her research framework includes none.) Evaluating and discussing the findings (including conclusions) The thesis includes a discussion chapter that brings together the findings and involves at least some discussion. The discussion summarizes the study’s findings. The author compares his/her findings to previous literature and discusses only briefly or fails to discuss possible differences and the reasons for them. The author systematically evaluates and discusses his/her main findings, compares them to previous studies and analyses the possible differences. The discussion clearly indicates how the findings answer the research questions, and the author discusses the significance of the findings for practical applications or theory building. The author concludes the discussion with conclusions. The discussion clearly brings up new and unexpected findings and discusses them analytically in the light of previous literature. The author gives logical and well-justified reasons for his/her findings, and the conclusions are strongly rooted in the findings. In addition, the discussion forms a coherent and logical whole. The author evaluates and discusses his/her findings analytically and critically demonstrates an indepth knowledge of the field as well asindependent thinking. Suggested topics for further research are clearly connected to this study's findings.
  • 5. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) USE OF REFERENCES The author uses at least some Finnish and international source literature. The source material is relevant to the topic of the thesis. The author generally uses references where they should be used. The source literature is relevant to the topic. The author uses varied sources in an appropriate way. The author demonstrates the ability to evaluate the possible shortcomings in previous studies and other issues affecting the results. In addition, the author demonstrates that he/she can place the topic in a wider scientific context. His/her use of references is very good, and he/she cites literature that differs from or opposes the phenomenon. In addition, the author uses reference material exceptionally well, critically and insightfully. If little research has been done on the subject in the field, the author uses reference material from other fields. GENERAL IMPRESSION, LANGUAGE AND LAYOUT There are some grammatical and spelling mistakes, but as a whole, the thesis is understandable. The thesis includes all the necessary components, and the author uses a referencing system consistently and correctly. The layout of the thesis and any tables and figures used is smart. The list of references is mostly correct. In addition, the language mostly follows the conventions of good scientific writing. Tables and figures have appropriate headings, and the author uses correct in-text citations when referring to them. In general, the language of the thesis is impeccable (some punctuation and typing errors, etc. are allowed). The thesis follows the conventions of scientific writing; tables and figures are well-constructed, easy to read, understandable and have headings that are comprehensible even to a reader who isn't familiar with the text. The language of the thesis is fluent, follows the conventions of scientific writing and expresses clear and logical thinking. The author argues explicitly and well. The thesis and its language express creative, critical and innovative thinking that fulfils the formal requirements for a Master's thesis. As a whole, the thesis is well- polished.
  • 6. Sufficient (1) Satisfactory (2) Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5) DEVELOPMENT AS A RESEARCHER Working throughout the research process, on the research team and/or in the supervising relationship The author made a supervising agreement and followed it. He/she did not, however, make good use of supervision despite problems in the thesis work. The author followed the agreed schedule and came prepared to supervising meetings. His/her work was planned, but he/she did not bring his/her own views forward or adjust his/her views to those of the supervisor/research team or the requirements set out for Master’s theses. The author brought forward his/her own views and justified them, but was also able to adopt the suggestions of the supervisor/research team. The author demonstrated the ability to give and receive critical feedback. The author came to the supervising relationship with a scientifically justified view of what or how he/she planned to research. OR The author has systematically acquired new skills and knowledge throughout the process and clearly developed as a researcher. The author was a great help to the rest of the research team/peer group and demonstrated the ability to analyze his/her behavior and change it when necessary.