Dissertation seminar

lling2891  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Dissertation seminar
5 credits
Q1 and Q2
Main themes
The masters dissertation, irrespective of the subject, allows a student to:
  • 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.

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 criterial 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 https://intranet.uclouvain.be/fr/myucl/facultes/fial/linguistique-memoires.html.


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”.
The master's thesis will be of a different format according to the specialisation chosen.
For the NLP students, the dissertation preferably constitutes a follow-up on the internship (LING9996). It develops the theoretical aspects underlying the practical work carried out during the internship.
For the LAMUSO students, the master's thesis takes the following format:
- Development of a linguistic issue on the basis of an empirical study of authentic data (corpus analysis, sociolinguistic survey, psycholinguistic experimentation, etc.)
Evaluation methods
Validation of LING2891 is granted in the first year provided that the student writes a state of the art chapter with a reference list (min. 25 entries).
Not validating this activity may result in failing the academic year at stake
Instructions can be found online at the URL: https://intranet.uclouvain.be/fr/myucl/facultes/fial/linguistique-memoires.html.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics