Master Thesis

The master thesis is an original, usually individual, work by which the candidate finishing their master program demonstrates their technical and scientific expertise in their field and their ability to carry out a large scale project.

 

The master thesis is made under the guidance of a academic promoter and/or an industrial expert.  It is often coupled with an internship in a company or a research centre, in Belgium or abroad.

 

The final test consists in drafting a dissertation presenting the results obtained by the candidate and defending it in front of members of the research staff of the faculty and/or qualified external experts.

 

Initiating the master thesis

A list of proposed topics is made available to the students completing their master degree by the academic promoters and partner companies.

 

Students who enroll in a master thesis must submit the preminary title of their dissertation through the MatheO system (Ulg repository for master theses) by November 15 at the latestWithin the same time limit, the academic supervisor suggests the composition of a reading committee and informs the administrative manager.

 

To increase their chance of completing their master thesis in due time, students are strongly advised to choose their topic as soon as possible, preferably in May or June the year before enrolling in the course. The candidates can then start gathering relevant information and plan a related internship during summer holidays.

 

               >>> List of proposed topics (intranet only).

Writing the dissertation

The candidate writes a dissertation describing the study context, their approach and main achievements.  The cover page contains, at least,

  • the logo of the University of Liège;
  • the words "University of Liège - Faculty of Applied Sciences"
  • the title of the dissertation,
  • the text "Graduation Studies conducted for obtaining the Master's degree in "... Engineering" or "Computer science" by [full name]"
  • the academic year.

 

When specific goals and technical specifications have been agreed upon, they are also mentioned in the dissertation.

 

Some deparments have adopted specific regulations about the content and/or presentation of the master thesis. Please contact the academic coordinator of your master program for specific information.

 

The University of Liège offers specific assistance to students writing their imaster thesis.

Submitting the dissertation

The dissertation must be submitted through MatheO by January 5 (January session), June 8 (June session) or August 20 (September session).  If no dissertation is submitted by the expected deadline, the examination process is delayed until the next examination session.

 

For dissemination purposes, the candidate also submits a one-page summary with the title of their work, their name and surname, their affiliation, the current academic year, the name of their promoter and a 20 line summary of their main achievements.  In addition, the candidates uploads representative illustrations of their work.

 

When uploaded on the server, the dissertation will be subjected to an anti-plagiarism software and an administrative check by the administrative manager. If a problem prevents the administrative validation of the document, the author will be notified by the administrative manager and invited to fix any possible issue.

 

The electronic version of the dissertation is automatically made available online to the reading committee.  In addition, the candidate hands out, or sends, a printed copy of their dissertation to the master thesis coordinator and to each of the members of their reading committee (or to the people identified by them) who have expressed this wish and whose names are listed here.

 

When uploading their files on the MatheO server, the candidate selects the privacy level applicable to their work (see handbook available on MATHEO).  By default, the dissertation should be made publicly available.

Defending the master thesis

The candidate who has submitted their dissertation in due time is admitted to the public defence in front of a jury consisting of the reading committee and the coordinator.  The session is chaired by the academic coordinator.  It includes a 10’ presentation by the candidate and questions from the jury.  The total duration of the examination is between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the section.

 

Master theses submitted for the June session will be publicly defended on the 26th and 27th of june 2017 at the Montefiore Institute (B28 building).  Public defenses for the Septembre session will take place on the 7th and 8th of September 2017.

 

Detailed timetables will be published in due time on this web site.

Official documents

 


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