2023-2024 / GEST7004-1

Master Thesis Methodology


12h Th

Number of credits

 Master in law (120 ECTS) (Econonomic and social law, minor in management)2 crédits 
 Master in management, professional focus in law2 crédits 
 Master in management (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Frédéric Dufays

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to equip students with the fundamentals in defining, designing, and planning a research project in order to develop their final thesis. It also offers guidelines for the various stages of the research process to help the student in writing their thesis.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • structure and plan your master thesis project
  • formulate a clear research question
  • draft a convincing literature review
  • make informed theoretical and methodological choices
  • develop your critical thinking
  • make explicit and justify your choices
  • strengthen your writing and presentation capacity

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Interactive sessions combining contents supplied by the teacher with practical implementation exercises based on the participants' Master thesis projects.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Hybrid: 2 face-to-face classes (unless the sanitary situation doesn't allow it, in which case these classes will be organized online) and 4 online classes

Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

- 20% active participation in the course (submission of assignments prior to some classes)

- 80% written exam with multiple choice questions and open questions


For the re-sit, the whole grade is based on the exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Frédéric Dufays (frederic.dufays@uliege.be)

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