IFAC Major

Research Master Thesis


Master thesis subjects are proposed by the Major’s professors. They may consist of further investigation of an issue covered in the courses; the first stage involves defining a research question after reading on the subject, in liaison with the tutor; the second is defining a research method and conducting empirical research (data analysis and/or interviews, case study); the third is writing up the thesis; and the fourth and final stage is the oral defence.


Subjects may be researched individually or in pairs (no larger groups are allowed). Students’ work is supervised by a professor who sets a timetable and the major lines of research. The Major includes an “introduction to research” module.


The completed written document must be submitted during the second term, by April 30 at the latest, and the oral defence takes place by mid-May. However, work on the thesis must be well advanced by the end of December (1st term). The electronic version of the thesis must be sent to the library at



In 2015, Laura Almaric and Laura Niewiadomskyj were awarded the Yves bernheim (Mazars) Prize for the quality of their master thesis under the supervision of Professor Defline. In 2014 the same Prize had been awarded to Julie Kouyoumdjian and Pauline Rogier.


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