Grand Oral

The Grand Oral is a degree requirement for all 2-year Master students at Sciences Po. Dual-degree students do not take the Grand Oral (except for the Dual Degree with UPMC until 2017).

The general rules and guidelines of the Grand Oral of Sciences Po apply to all students across the schools of Sciences Po. 

The specificities of the Grand Oral that apply to PSIA students will be based on the student’s third semester experience be it an internship, a master’s thesis or a study abroad.

The calendar for the May 2017 session is available on Sciences Po Website.

 

1/ for those who have completed an internship

Students will be asked to produce a short written executive summary report (800 words in English or French, to be sent a few weeks in advance) and to give an oral presentation on the day of the Grand Oral, on a relevant topic to their internship. Their presentation and the following discussion will enable them to showcase the riches of this professional experience, how they have matured with regards to this topic whilst tapping into the breadth of their academics at Sciences Po. The topic will have to be selected from a list of topics that are commonly proposed to all students at PSIA. 

2/ for those who have been written and will defend a Master's thesis

The subject of the Grand Oral will be, obviously, the topic of the Master's thesis, which has been validated by the supervisor and the Academic Advisor. The thesis defence will thus as such constitute both the validation of the Master's thesis as well as the required Grand Oral. 

3/ for those who have completed a study-abroad semester

Students will be asked to produce a short written executive summary report (800 words in English or French, to be sent a few weeks in advance) and to give an oral presentation on the day of the Grand Oral, on a relevant topic, that will enable them to showcase their acute understanding of the region they have lived in, as it connects to the competencies of the Master and concentration programs at PSIA. The topic will have to be selected from a list of topics that are commonly proposed to all students at PSIA.