Research thesis


Step by step

  1. Find a professor in the faculty of the Master's programme who agrees to supervise your research thesis (thesis supervisor). Agree on the subject of the thesis with your supervisor.
  2. Once you have acquired at least 30 ECTS, complete the Master thesis registration form, have it signed by your supervisor and submit it to the secretariat of the Institute of Economic Research (Pasqualina Lassagne). This document  also includes your choice of major. (Note that the dates for submitting the Master thesis registration form are listed below).
  3. Register on IS Academia for the "Dissertation" course, at the beginning of the semester during which you will defend your thesis.
  4. Organise the date of the defence with your supervisor not later than the dates listed below. The assessment commitee is composed of the supervisor and a qualified reader to be defined by the supervisor.
  5.  Agree with your supervisor when you have to submit your final draft. There should be sufficient time for the jury to read the thesis before the defence. As an indication, that should be around 4 weeks before the defence.
  6. For the defence, prepare the Validation and assessment of the thesis form duly filled in and hands it to the Thesis Director for grading. In agreement with your supervisor, prepare 20 min presentation of your dissertation and be prepared to answer questions by the assessment commitee.
  7. After a successful defence, correct your Master thesis within two weeks if needed and give to Pasqualina Lassagne the followings documents:
    • two paper copies of the thesis bounded
    • one paper copy of the Pledge of honour
    • the completed form Validation and assessment of the thesis signed by the committee.


  • Defence before January 17th: submit the Master thesis registration form no later than October 1st
  • Defence before June 13th: submit the Master thesis registration form no later than March 1st
  • Defence before September 5th: submit the Master thesis registration form no later than June 1st

Note: exceptions to these dates may be made with the agreement of the supervisor and host institution.