Master project

The purpose of a Master’s Project
The purpose of a Master’s Project is to develop deeper knowledge, understanding, and capabilities on a topic related to the student’s program of study, and to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent work in research or advanced development.

The scope of the Master’s Project is developed by the student, the supervising professor – and if the project is conducted in industry – the job supervisor.
Tackling a new problem to solve
The Master’s Project must involve more than just learning, it must include a well defined component that tackles a new problem for which no solution currently exists. Finding and assessing a solution is the core of the project. If the project is conducted within a company, this component must be applicable beyond the confines of the company — it must add to the knowledge base of the technical community. Whether or not a component meets the requirements of the section is determined by the supervising professor, and final decision lies with the section director and associate dean.
The Master’s Thesis
The Master’s Thesis is a description of the important parts of the Master’s project, its initial goals, its major steps, and its final results. This also includes a discussion of lessons learned, alternatives identified in hindsight, and possible future steps. If a project is conducted in industry, only part of the work conducted within the company can be viewed as research and development. The thesis focuses on these parts of the work that demonstrates the formulation of the main problem, addressing it, developing solutions for it and assessing these solutions.

Dates and further details (rules) on the Master project is available here.

Autumn 2020-2021
  Start date Delivery date Defense
at l’EPFL 14.09.2020 15.01.2021 01.02-12.02.2021
outside EPFL 14.09.2020 12.03.2021 29.03-19.04.2021
Spring 2021
  Start date Delivery date Defense
at l’EPFL 22.02.2021 25.06.2021 12.07-23.07.2021
outside EPFL 22.02.2021 20.08.2021


Registration for Spring 2021
  • You can find the registration form in the below “Forms” box.
  • To be submitted duly completed and signed to Patricia Genet, office INN131
  • Deadline for handing in the form: 18 December 2020
  • Registrations on IS-Academia will open : date to be confirmed
  • Deadline for registering on IS-Academia: 11 January 2021

EPFL proposed projects

Projects in Computer Science

Available starting from mid-May for the Autumn 2020 semester

Projects in Communication Systems

Available starting from mid-May for the Autumn 2020 semester

Projects in Data Science

Available starting from mid-May for the Autumn 2020 semester

Projects in Cyber Security

Available starting from mid-May for the Autumn 2020 semester

Projects outside EPFL

Please contact Patricia Genet

The master thesis report must be handed in to the secretariat of the section (INN 111), with 2 paper copies and 1 electronic copy. The paper copies will receive the EPFL official stamp.

The students can also have their personal report officially stamped (the 3rd copy).

For the students who are doing their master project outside EPFL, a fax (+41 21 693 47 10) or a mail must be sent to the secretariat of the section, within the same deadline, with the copy of the postal receipt, which confirms the mailing date of the reports.

  • Lists of the registrations to the master thesis projects are available on IS-Academia.
  • Information about the delivery of the grades is sent by the SAC.