Master projects guidelines

  • Calendar
  • Choosing a master project in a laboratory
  • Project’s objectives
  • Master projects in Industry (PDMe)
  • Registration
  • Hand-in procedure
  • Evaluation method
  • Student prizes



The start date is usually the first day of each academic semester. Handing-in date depends on the project duration and is calculated automatically on IS-A when registering.

If you plan to start on a different date, you must submit a request to Sebastian Gautsch.

Watch OUT ! You always start on a Monday and end on a Friday.

Students have to register the master project on IS-Academia, latest 2 weeks after the start of the semester, as any other course (academic calendar).

The master project lasts 17 weeks when it’s achieved at EPFL. The duration is 25 weeks if the project is achieved out of EPFL (industry or other university) : in either case, add one-week holiday for Easter or Christmas if the Master’s project covers these periods.

Extension requests made during the master project will not be considered.

Choosing a Master project in a laboratory

We recommend to look for your project at the end of the previous semester. Browse through the following pages

These project lists are non-exhaustive and other projects can be found by contacting directly the labs of interest.

Reserve your project as early as possible. Meet with the professor in charge and define the objectives and work to be accomplished.

Watch OUT ! The project supervisor is a Professor or MER affiliated to the section; exceptions have to be asked to Sebastian Gautsch

Project’s objectives

At the beginning of your project, the professor will give you a description of the objectives and the work to be accomplished:

Master projects in industry w(PDMe)

Students can choose to carry out a PDMe which includes the engineering internship and the PDM (25 weeks).

Setting up a master project in industry requires a close coordination btween the company and the Professor. Students can’t accept an offer form a company without involving the Professor in the definition of the objectives.

Contact person for internships and master theses in industry : Mrs Hind Klinke


Register the master project on IS-Academia as soon as the registrations open (with course registration module), set the project’s informations.

If the data in the master thesis are considered confidential, then you must tick the relevant box on your IS-academia page. Your EPFL supervisor will be asked to confirm that the data presented are considered confidential.

Hand-in procedure

You must send the electronic pdf version of your master thesis by email to Isabelle Schafer and the supervisor, on the hand-in day indicated in IS-Academia. Submission time is latest 12:00 (noon, Swiss local time). Use web transfer if the file size is too large for email.

A paper version may be required by the professor: to be confirmed with him/her directly.

Any change to the title of the master project must be submitted to latest on the day of the exam. The title is mentioned on the student’s diploma supplement.

Evaluation method

The examination of the master project consists of an evaluation of the final report, followed by an oral exam with the the professor in charge and an external expert designated by the professor.

An oral presentations of the work progress at mid-semester is strongly recommended. A final presentation at the end of the project is mandatory. The oral exam generally takes place within two to four weeks after the date of submission. The date of the oral exam is mutually agreed between the student, the teacher in charge and the external expert

A written report is mandatory at the end of the project

The section recommends to use the following grading sheet to determine the final mark and to upload a copy on IS-A when entering the mark (15 days after the report has been handed in at the latest) .

In order for the student to obtain his or her Master’s degree at the graduation ceremony (Magistrale) of the current year (held in early October), the Registrar’s Office must have received his or her grade before the end of September.


Student prizes

Microengineering section has several Prizes that are attributed each year to exceptional master theses. The professor decides to recommends the student to apply for one of these prizes at the end of the oral defense. It is up to the student to follow the described application procedure