The purpose of a Master’s project
The purpose of a Master’s project is to develop in-depth knowledge, understanding, and skills on a topic related to the student’s program of study, and to demonstrate the ability to do 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 work supervisor.
Tackling a new problem to solve
The Master’s project must involve more than learning; it must include a clearly defined component that addresses 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 in industry, this component must be applicable beyond the boundaries of the organization – it must expand the knowledge base of the technical community. Whether or not a component meets the requirements of the section is determined by the supervising professor. The final decision rests with the Section Director and Associate Dean.
The Master’s thesis report
The Master’s Thesis is a description of the important parts of the Master’s project, its initial goals, its main steps, and its final results. This includes a discussion of lessons learned, alternatives identified in hindsight, and possible future steps. When a project is conducted in industry, only a portion of the work done in the organization can be viewed as research and development. The thesis focuses on these parts of the work, showing the formulation of the main problem, the treatment of the problem, the development of solutions, and the evaluations of these solutions.
- 18 weeks (including 1 week of vacation) at EPFL.
- 26 weeks (including 1 week of vacation) in industry or at another university.
- Autumn semester: from August 1 to October 1 (for Cyber students, from September 1 to October 1).
- Spring semester: from February 15 to March 1.
The starting date must be a Monday.
NB: exams results must be known at the time you begin your Master’s project.
- The submission date is calculated from the start date and confirmed by the Registrar’s Office and the Section. It is always set on a Friday.
- The possible period for the oral defense is also given by the Registrar’s Office.
- For the projects outside EPFL, you must submit beforehand to the Section the Google form for topic validation.
- Please email the below registration form, duly filled in and signed, to the Internship Office: [email protected]
- Deadline for submitting the form: Friday, May 31, 2024
- Registrations on IS-Academia will open: around mid-May
- Deadline for registration on IS-Academia: Friday, June 14, 2024
Please send your Master’s thesis report electronically (in a single email) to the following persons by the submission deadline set by the Registrar’s Office:
- your supervising professor.
- her or his lab administrative assistant.
- the administrative specialist of your section (Antonella Veltro (IN) / Carole Dauphin (SC/DS) / Jasmine Locatelli (CYBER).
- your company or other university supervisor, if applicable.
If your your project is not confidential, you must also upload your report to IS-Academia.
- IC Master’s project guidelines [PDF].
- Template for Agreement for Master’s projects in industry (restricted access for EPFL supervisors only. To be used when aspects of confidentiality and intellectual property need to be covered by a contract).
- Template for Agreement for Master’s projects in another university (restricted access for EPFL supervisors only. Can be used when such a document is required for practical or regulatory reasons).
- Information about delivery of the grades will be sent by the SAC.