Grand Oral

What constitutes the "Grand Oral"?

Sciences Po’s emblematic “Grand Oral” examination draws on the students’ experience during their final year off-campus semester, whether it be an internship, a study period abroad, a Master’s thesis, a personal project or any one of the specific projects in place in certain Schools. Students must select one particular issue with a connection to the core subjects studied during their Master’s.

In order to pass the “Grand Oral” exam, which is one of the compulsory requirements for obtaining a degree (see article 44 of the Academic Rules and Regulations, PDF, 136 Ko), students must achieve at least a 50% mark (minimum of 10/20). Repeat sessions will be held for students who do not achieve this during the initial exam.

Types of "Grand Oral"

  1. If the candidate’s off-campus experience takes the form of an internship, the “Grand Oral” will consist of an oral presentation based on an executive summary (see below).
  2. If the candidate’s off-campus experience takes the form of a thesis, the “Grand Oral” will consist of a viva voce presentation to defend the thesis. The form this will take is decided by each School.
  3. If the candidate’s off-campus experience takes the form of another type of educational project, the “Grand Oral” will consist of an oral presentation of the project itself. The form this will take is decided by each School.

The Schools will inform their students of the conditions applicable to the presentation of Master‘s theses, educational projects and apprenticeships. The choice of language used for the “Grand Oral” is decided by each School. If English is used, the student must have minimum C1 level. Some Schools or Programmes may have specific requirements according to their specialisations (notably the School of Journalism and Master in Economic Law).

Duration of the “Grand Oral”

The oral examination lasts 25 minutes: 10 minutes for the student’s presentation and 15 minutes for discussion on the chosen topic and on future career development, as well as feedback on his or her studies.

Last but not least, candidates are reminded that absolute punctuality and smart dress are required.

Further methodological resources:

Executive summary