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Aalto Thesis

Aalto Thesis is a project-based and multidisciplinary programme for making the Master’s thesis in work-life collaboration. In the programme, a Team of 2-4 students from different Aalto schools is formed to jointly solve a multidimensional Challenge given by a real work-life Partner.

While the Partner gets a diverse group of graduating future talents to collaborate for the benefit of the organisation, the students will gain the real-life case and the support of Aalto Thesis process!
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Illustration: Jamini Kavoori

During coronavirus, Aalto Thesis is working remotely, but Projects continue as usual! Read more here.


In Aalto Thesis, a multidisciplinary team of 2-4 students solves a Challenge provided by the Partner organisation through Master’s theses. We value challenge-based learning.


Aalto Thesis is a coordinated and project-based programme supported by the Aalto Thesis Team. We want to make this easy for everyone.


Aalto Thesis is a unique possibility for multidisciplinary University-Industry collaboration. We believe that modern work is collaboration and co-creation.

Aalto Thesis provided us even more relevant, and useful information, than studies, carried out by commercial research institutes.

Saara Saksanen, Communications Manager, Hoas
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Illustration: Jamini Kavoori

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Aalto Thesis offered me a ready-made solution for the most important step – a company with real interest and the real need for my thesis.

Tiia Penttinen, marketing student

Aalto Thesis Project examples

Check some of our previous and ongoing cases to get an idea of what our programme is all about.

Hand-picked blueberries and a slogan "Avaa aamusi metsäpolulla" ("Begin your mornings on forrest trails").

Project Sipoo - Digital Service Design to Support Employment

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis Project for the municipality of Sipoo: Digital Service Design to Support Employment.

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Project Valio - Plant-based Food Innovations

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis Project for Valio: Plant-based Food Innovations.

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Project City of Espoo - Population Growth as a Possibility

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis project for the City of Espoo: Population Growth as a Possibility.

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Aalto Thesis Student Team

Project Finnish Digital Agency - Design System in Digital Public Sector

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis project for the Finnish Digital Agency: Design System in Digital Public Sector.

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Two women in a Hoas shared flat's kitchen drinking coffee.

Project Hoas - Brand Identities to Houses with Communal Living Units

Read more here about the Aalto Thesis project for Hoas: Brand Identities to Houses with Communal Living Units.

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From a thesis supervisor’s perspective, it’s fantastic to receive help from the programme in coordinating the process.

Marketta Kyttä, professor, Aalto University

We are here to help

Silva Saulio

Silva Saulio

Project coordinator
School Services, BIZ
Laura Sivula

Laura Sivula

School Services, BIZ

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

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The City of Espoo was a partner in Aalto Thesis project. A team of two Master's students solved a challenge of a changing city in Espoo through their Master's theses.
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Aalto Thesis student project team captured the audience of 40 participants in online final presentation

Aalto Thesis student team presented their interdisciplinary findings through an online meeting on Friday, 15 May.
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Collaboration in the time of restricted interaction

Elina Dureáult shares insights on student collaboration projects.
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Preparing for multiple scenarios in challenge-based online teaching

Experiences and thoughts on adaptability and online learning from Aalto University’s staff who manage challenge-based learning programs.
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