Aalto Thesis

Aalto Thesis is a project-based and multidisciplinary programme for making the Master’s thesis in teams with work-life collaboration. 2-4 students from various Aalto schools form a team, in which they solve work-life partner's challenges through Master's thesis works.
Aalto Thesis is a multidisciplinary program for making the master's thesis.

 

Upcoming Aalto Thesis projects:

 

Apply to Aalto Thesis project: HSL - Software Production 2.0!

Aalto Thesis project's application is open for Master's students. Read more of HSL's project and apply!

Read more! *language of the project is Finnish*
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Aalto Thesis is...

project-based

For each Aalto Thesis partner, a new project will be launched. The project will have an outlined topic, objectives, working process, a student project team, and a time frame of six months. A project-based approach brings a clear framework to the programme for both partner and students.

multidisciplinary

In one Aalto Thesis project, 2-4 students from different Aalto schools will be working on their own Master's theses around a topic provided by the partner organization. The key results and conclusions from every thesis will be presented in a joint interdisciplinary summary for the partner.

collaboration

Aalto Thesis is a unique possibility for collaboration, in which real-life partner, students from various Aalto schools, and the whole Aalto community learn from one another. Students get an opportunity to practice their work-life competences. The partner will be provided by the latest scientific information and ideas from graduating students as well as from their academic supervisors.

Aalto Thesis provides us with relevant and realistic information about our customers without us having to make random guesses.

Saara Saksanen, Communications Manager, Hoas

Why Aalto Thesis?

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    For the partner:

    • A broad multidisciplinary overview of the outlined topic or challenge
    • The latest scientific knowledge from different fields
    • The support of the Aalto Thesis Coordinator throughout the project
    • Individual thesis works centered on your challenge
    • An interdisciplinary final presentation and summary
    • An easy way to get to know potential employees and to strengthen a positive employer image

    Interested in collaborating? Leave here your contact information!

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      For the student:

      • Acquisition of work-life competences: project work, multidisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, and communication skills
      • A clear process and a time frame to accelerate and to motivate the demanding process of Master's thesis work
      • An inspiring possibility to work on a real-life challenge provided by a partner organisation
      • A 5,000 € grant for living costs
      • The support of the project team and Coordinator

      Read more about how to apply >>

      The best thing about Aalto Thesis is that I don’t have to work on my thesis alone but rather as a part of the Aalto Thesis Team.

      Tiia Penttinen, marketing student

      The Process

      Before the actual Thesis Project can be launched the Coordinator will meet the partner and based on their needs create the preliminary project description. After that, it is time to sign the contract, recruit the student team, and then the actual project can kick-start!

      Six months process manuscript:

      1. Kick-off meeting | in charge: Aalto Thesis coordinator
      2. Joint project plan | in charge: the student team
      3. 2-month status meeting | in charge: Aalto Thesis coordinator
      4. 4-month status meeting | in charge: the student team
      5. The final presentation, handing in the thesis works, and the interdisciplinary summary for the partner | in charge: the student team

      Aalto Thesis projects

      We will launch to each Aalto Thesis project an individual introduction site with the project and application details.

      New exciting Aalto Thesis projects will be kick-starting soon during this fall, from public sector and transportation to digital services.

      Be the first one to hear about the new starting projects and application periods by signing up for Aalto Thesis mailing list!

      The highlights of our past projects:

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      Project Hoas - Brand identities to houses with communal living units

      Aalto Thesis project to Hoas about brand identities to houses with communal living units was executed during spring-summer 2019.

      Teaching Lab

      Working on a thesis topic provided by a real partner as part of a multidisciplinary student team is a unique opportunity for collaboration.

      Niina Pitkänen, Aalto Thesis programme manager

      We are here to help.

      Niina Pitkänen

      Niina Pitkänen

      Department of Information and Service Economy
      Aalto Thesis Programme Manager
      Silva Saulio

      Silva Saulio

      Department of Computer Science
      Project Employee

      Currently, we are developing the Aalto Thesis as a part of the national Work-Integrated Pedagogy in Higher Education (WORKPEDA) initiative funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

      Aalto Thesis: Boosting multidisciplinary collaboration and work-life relevance

      Aalto Thesis is a newly launched model for an integrated project-based and work-life oriented master’s thesis, executed as a part of a multidisciplinary student team.

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      Apply to Aalto Thesis project: HSL - Software Production 2.0!

      Aalto Thesis project's application is open for Master's students. Read more of HSL's project and apply!
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      Apply to Aalto Thesis project: Population Register Centre – Design System in Digital Public Sector

      Aalto Thesis programme’s application period for master’s students has ended for this project. Read more about the Population Register Centre’s project here!
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      Aalto Thesis: Boosting multidisciplinary collaboration and work-life relevance

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