Study Programmes 2016-2017
Final thesis
Duration :
Number of credits :
Master in geography : geomatics and surveying (120 ECTS)22
Lecturer :
Coordinator :
Yves Cornet
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
All year long
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
Master thesis is a scientific research work, personal and original.
The subject of the dissertation is chosen by the student from a list provided by the promoters. Under certain conditions, the subject may be proposed by the student. The subject is chosen either during the year before last, or the beginning of the last year of the Masters.
The promoter is a doctor, member of the academic or scientific staff, and member of the Board of Master Studies in Geography. If he/she is not a member of the Department of Geographical Sciences, a co-promoter, member of the Department of Geographical Sciences, is added to the jury.
In the general case, the thesis seeks to answer a scientific question, checking the validity of a hypothesis (proposed solution to the issue) in a hypothetical-deductive method. Consistency and originality of the hypothesis are recognized by careful study of the state of the art. The experimental approach used involves both the acquisition and processing of geographic data required to argue the proposed solution.
Other approaches, deviating from the one presented above (research and development, and deductive formal modeling approach, action research ...) may be proposed by promoters based on suggested topics.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
Carry out a comprehensive scientific research individually.
Formulate a question and a research hypothesis in light of the state of knowledge in the field.
Collect and process information according to a rigorous, reflective and critical way.
Present in written and oral form, the approach of a personal scientific research, since the development of the hypothesis to conclusion, within pages and time permitted by exercise.
Able to defend his/her approach and research findings to a jury of research professionals.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Co-requisites : Initiation à la recherche (GEOG0025-1) & Suivi du mémoire (GEOG0007-1)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
During the practical work of the introductory course in research (GEOG0025-1), provided in the last year of the Masters, students will have to prepare and present (January session) their duly reasoned research proposal.
Monitoring of memory (GEOG0007-1) is provided by the promoter during regular meetings with the student. The student is invited to schedule these meetings as the progress of his/her memory and to consult as necessary members of the scientific and academic staff of the department, particularly the members of his/her jury.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Regardless of the corequisites, Master thesis is an individual work, carried out under the supervision of a promoter.
Recommended or required readings :
Under the responsibility of the promoters.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Theses juries are formed by the Council of Masters studies at the end of the first semester of the final year of Masters. The juries are composed of at least three members, including the promote, doctors and members of the academic or scientific staff of a university or research center.
The master thesis could not be submitted for evaluation without the agreement of the promoter. Both the substance and form (written and oral) are evaluated. Particular attention is given to the originality. The jury made use of "anti-plagiarism" tools made available by the authorities of the University. Plagiarism constitutes a cause of non-admissibility of the master thesis.
Examples of evaluation criteria: compliance with the guidelines of the section and the option, scientific quality, technical quality, innovation and originality, quality of state of the art and references, written presentation (layout, style) quality of the oral presentation and its support, quality of the answers to oral questions, overall judgment.
The thesis is worth 20 credits (not including co-requisites).
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
A printed version of the thesis (A4 maximum 100 pages) is distributed to all the readers and the promoter before the date set each year by the Council of Masters studies. A digital version is also transmitted to the promoter. An additional copy must be provided to the "UD Geography and Earth Sciences" at the end of the defense.
  Oral defense consists of a presentation of fifteen minutes maximum, followed by a session of ten minutes for questions posed by the readers and the promoter.
We ask the students to scrupulously respect the procedures for uploading the electronic version of their Master Thesis into the Matheo platform. There are general regulations and departmental regulations. Please read both documents.
These regulations are available on the website of the Faculty of Sciences at the following address:
Contacts :
Prof. Jean-Paul DONNAY
Département de Géographie
Unité de Géomatique - Cartographie et S.I.G.
allée du 6 Août, 17 (Bât. B5A)
B-4000 Liège
+32 (0)4 366.54.24