2023-2024 / ATFE0004-1

Master Thesis (including an introduction to research methodology)


750h Proj.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical and Materials Engineering25 crédits 
 Master in Chemical and Materials Science Engineering (Ir.), professional focus in Advanced Materials - Innovative Recycling (AMIR-EM)25 crédits 


Collégialité, Angélique Léonard, Grégoire Léonard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The master thesis is a substantial individual project that can be carried out in a university laboratory (possibly in collaboration with a company), in a company, a research centre, in Belgium or abroad. It is generally considered to represent the equivalent of 4 months of full-time work. The subject must be proposed or approved by a promoter, who must be a member of the permanent academic or scientific staff. The dissertation can be written in French or English.


For a master thesis made within a company, it is mandatory to spend at least 8 weeks there.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal of the master thesis is to prepare the student to his/her future career in a private company. The student will have to prove that (s)he can carry out a substantial project based of the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills acquired during his/her studies. This project will almost always include a preliminary study, some substantial development, and a final discussion of the results.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes II.1, II.2, II.3, III.1, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.1, IV.2, IV.3, IV.4, VI.1, VI.4, VII.2, VII.3 of the MSc in chemical and material science engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is advised to choose the optional courses that will help achieve the thesis objectives.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The thesis subjects proposed by professors or industrials are found on the 'GESTE' platform.
A student can also make a proposal, but it must be approved by an advisor. Students should choose a subject as early as possible, ideally at the end of the previous academic year, to increase the chances to finish by the deadline. The council of computer science studies will make sure that all students have a subject and will also check the composition of the jury. The student will keep his/her advisor informed of his/her progress on a regular basis.
The student must fill the required information once his/her subject is chosen on the MATHEO platform, and to upload his/her final work within the requested deadlines.

Recommended or required readings

The final grade will be the result of three factors:

  • A note on the content given by the various members of the committee (to which a copy of the document was provided). The assessment of each member will include a commentary on the work (15-20 lines) and a note taking into account both the form and content. A grid is provided for this purpose (see file "Note_de_fond.pdf") .The average of the scores given by the members of the reading committee will be 50% of the final grade.
  • A note which sanctions the oral defense given by the jury members present at the oral defense as well as by the president of the jury. A grid is provided for this purpose (see file "Note_defense_orale.pdf"). The average of the scores given by the members present the jury will equal 30% of the final grade.
  • A note on the "professional" integration, assigned by the person responsible of the daily supervision of the student. An evaluation grid is provided for this purpose (see file "Note_integration_professionnelle.pdf". The mark awarded will correspond to 20% of the final grade.
Regarding the rating of TFE , it is recalled that plagiarism is systematically punished by 0/20 (https://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/c_4618266/fr/reglement-des-etudes-et-des-examens-regime-bologne). Software is available to detect the possible presence of plagiarism (https://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/c_480304/deceler-un-plagiat-eventuel)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The regulation, detailed guidelines and proposed topics can be found at :


President of the jury:Angélique Léonard (a.leonard@uliege.be) Apparitorat: Bénédicte Tondeur et Geneviève Wolfs

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