The dissertation: a piece of substantive work
In the majority of higher education institutions, the dissertation represents the culmination of an individual’s academic study. Final-year students are required to produce a piece of substantive work involving a personal examination of a topic. At this stage, the student is able to produce a document on a scientific research topic in his/her chosen field (marketing, human resources, finance, etc.). The final document revolves around a literature review, based on an analysis of several scientific articles, and the collection and analysis of data (interviews, questionnaires, etc.).
We encourage two other types of dissertation; case study-based, and in entrepreneurship, regarding an in-depth study of a company . We also permit the inclusion of a video in the dissertation work, as this format is increasingly widely accepted by major scientific associations.
A dedicated platform
To support students in the marathon effort of producing a dissertation, we have developed an IT platform to facilitate contact between students and tutors. The system is complemented by a Facebook group which provides improved day-to-day information.
Promoting our students’ work
We are also involved in initiatives to promote our students’ work.
And these efforts are bearing fruit: a number of our students have already won prizes awarded by professional associations. Some dissertations have already been “transformed” into scientific articles, published by academic journals. We are also working on other possible ways of adding value, particularly in “My thesis in 180 seconds” form.
The illustration photo was taken by Michaël Korchia