Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
The dissertation must demonstrate the author's ability to describe correctly the results of a personal, objective and methodical work. The length of the dissertation is not a criteria in evaluating its quality.
Similar to the other forms of learning, the dissertation is an essential component of the programme to which it belongs. It consists of research work which students should consider as a first step in research in their particular field.
The dissertation is a research work :
- specific, as regards the other teaching activities ;
- methodical, the underlying methodology has already been acquired in the bachelor and masters programme ;
- integrated in the programme and limited to the scope of the subject.
Guidelines regarding the dissertation can be found on
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- carry out a critical analysis and summarise a given scientific topic,
- put a specific issue/statement in context drawing on existing information,
- present the results of the dissertation by justifying the methodological choices, explaining the hypotheses and scientifically stating the results obtained.
A dissertation must contain at least 80 pages (200.000 caracters long) , a length deemed necessary to make a detailed presentation of a research hypothesis, a proof or of a well-argued account supported by quotations, references, sources and demonstrating familiarity with the subject bibliography. The dissertation includes an introduction relating in particular to methodology, a development displaying the analysis and synthesis of the argument, a conclusion and a bibliography.
The dissertation is assessed on the basis of:
- achievement of its objectives
- an appropriate and well-documented review
- the student's personal investment and the ability to discuss methodological choices
- the consistency of the work carried out
- the grade, quality and appropriateness of the writing.
The supervisor will also take the student's involvement and the consistency of the work he or she has provided during the master, in relation to the dissertation, into account (in particular, the timeliness and quality of the file submitted at the end of the first year).
- The second dissertation topic may be different than the first dissertation. The expectations will be identitical except for the length: the second dissertation may be only 100 000 caracters long (excluding bibliography and annexes).
- The second dissertation topic may be the same as the first dissertation, and may constitute the development of a second fold, which could not be studied in the first dissertation. The extension of the topic may be done either by extending the corpus, or by studying new issues on the same corpus. It should be at least 100 000 caracters long of which a maximum of 30 000 caracters could be devoted to sum up the first dissertation. Part of the first dissertation bibliography may also be included.
- The dissertation will be assessed by two academic readers
- The correctness of language will taken into account in the final grade.