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Research for the thesis

  • Here you can consult the list of all Master theses that have been  written at the Institute, classified by academic year.
  • The research works of the students of the European Institute have been filed at the library of the CIFE IE·EI since 1977.
  • Till 2002 they have been filed in paper format.
  • From 2003 onwards you can consult them either in paper or in electronic format. 
  • Since the academic year of 2000-2001, the best noted Master theses of each Class can be downloaded as a pdf file, as long as the author has given his or her permission.













Writing a Thesis: A Step by Step short guide

The individual research work is a highly important element of the Master's programme. Students should devote the time which is free of classes to their research. 
At the beginning of the year the students receive a list with topics proposed by the faculty from which they can choose their topic. The students can also propose a subject of their own choice to the teachers, who then decide whether they can advise the student on the topic or not. As soon as the subject is defined, every student gets assigned to a supervisor, who accompanies the work throughout the year and regularly, at least once a month, invites the student to meetings. The final version of the thesis must be submitted at the end of the academic year. Every delay will, for reasons of equal treatment of all students, be penalised with a subtraction of 0.5 points per day. This subtraction applies to the mark of your thesis. For example: A thesis is handed in on time and marked with 15. If the same thesis had been handed in with a delay of three days, it would have been marked with 13.5. 

The writing:
The thesis must have a length of around 17,000 words (excluding the bibliography and the appendices). The working language allowed is English, French or German depending on the programme chosen. 
Furthermore, we ask you to observe some formal requirements: 
- The front page must contain: 
- The names of our institute and of the programme 
- The title of the thesis 
- The name of the author 
- The name of your thesis supervisor
- The year of the course. 
An electronic version of the thesis (in PDF format) must be sent to the administrative coordinator of the programme by the scheduled date. CIFE cannot be made responsible for errors coming from a transmission of the document under other formats.
Each page must contain about thirty lines. Each line contains about 60 characters. The line spacing is 1.5 or 2. You should leave a margin of 3.5 cm to the right and left, 3 cm at the top and bottom.
In addition, some methodical rules have to be respected:
- Insertion of text and quotes: If you use the material of someone else first-hand, quote them in quotation marks and make a footnote. 
If you take up the idea of someone else, indicate this and make a footnote.

Fraud and plagiarism:
By fraud we understand in an academic sense: “every action by a student which can result in the falsification of his or her assessment”. 
There are several types of fraud concerning a dissertation: copying, the falsification of basic ideas or sources, the submission of a dissertation or a part of a dissertation of which one isn’t the author, etc. 
Fraud can be penalised by means which range from the refusal of the thesis to the exclusion from the programme and the annulment of the diploma. 
Every person involved into fraud is subject to sanctions.
Plagiarism: Academic education not only aims at the in-depth exploration of a subject, but also at developing an ability to summarise the thoughts and work of other authors and to draw the right conclusions from this. 
It is thus inevitable to refer to secondary literature, the ideas or even whole sentences of others. But even if the usage of such sources shows your research capacities, you also have to assume an intellectual and ethical responsibility. 
Therefore it is essential to specify with accuracy and strictness all the sources of the quotes and ideas you are using. Plagiarism is the use of ideas and words of someone else without indicating this explicitly. Even if you use, with your own words, the idea (taken from a book, an article or a journal) of someone else, you have to specify the source, if not, it is considered plagiarism. Deliberately or not, plagiarism is always fraud. Therefore it is necessary to always note your sources, not only when you are quoting, but also when you are reading the ideas of a scientific work. You should also note that a well-documented work based on reliable sources is more convincing than a work without sources.
Please be advised that the information given in this document may be subject to change.