Master in Public Policy: Master's Thesis
Students have the opportunity to write a Master’s thesis during their semester 4. This excludes any other S4 validation possibility (full-time internship, exchange program, personal project).
OBJECTIVES OF THE MASTER’S THESIS
The main objective is to enable students to deepen their expertise or knowledge in a given field, which they hope to enhance professionally.
CONDITIONS AND ORGANISATION
The writing of the thesis is subject to the approval of the Academic advisor of your policy stream. It is therefore essential to inform him or her of your intention to write a thesis as soon as possible (as early as the second semester, at the beginning of the third semester at the latest). The Master's thesis option is not compatible with an apprenticeship.
Students need to find a thesis advisor, who must be a member of Sciences Po's permanent faculty or else an adjunct professor. Students must respect the project initially accepted by their academic advisor. In addition, they will meet regularly with their thesis advisor and keep him/her informed of the progress of their research. They certify to provide original research work and to respect all the rules regarding intellectual property at Sciences Po, failing which they will be in default.
Throughout the year, students receive pedagogical and methodological support from Bruno Palier, CNRS Director of research in Political Science at the CEE (Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée).
- Methodological training on the research question and the research methodology of the master’s thesis (literature review, argumentation and structure)
- Research design on different methodological approaches (field work, data collection, interviews).
- 3-minute presentations of each research project in the presence of other students and advisors.
- Training session on the writing process (introduction, outline, demonstration and conclusion).
Calendar and validation
- Students who are interested in the Master's thesis option should contact their academic advisor as soon as possible, and no later than the end of October of semester 3 (after which the thesis option is no longer available). By then, students must write a thesis proposal specifying the main topics and arguments of their project.
- Pedagogical and methodological support is offered between November and March of the 2nd year of the Master's programme.
- The theses are submitted at the end of April and defense take place between mid and the end of May.
Example of former students' theses
Here are some examples of some excellent work by students from the last two years of the programme.
Class of 2019/2020
- Julien Abratis (Europe in the world policy stream) : "The role of EU Delegations in Public Diplomacy - Challenges and opportunities" (PDF, 771 Ko)
- Enzo Bonnaudet (Administration Publique policy stream) : "L’action extérieure des collectivités territoriales : une politique locale à part entière ? L’exemple de la coopération décentralisée franco-mexicaine" (PDF, 609 Ko)
- Ella Carmi (European regulation policy stream) : "Rethinking the Mundell Trilemma in emerging economies" (PDF, 847 Ko)
- Keridwen François-Merlet (dual degree Europe and Asia in Global Affairs, with Fudan University) : "Chinese investments in the EU: a comparative analysis of French and German leaders’ discourse (2012-2019)" (pdf, 909 Ko)
- Lena Habrant (Social Policy and Social Innovation policy stream) : "The differences in attendance of early childhood education and care centers (ECEC) by children with and without an immigration background in Germany: A qualitative investigation" (PDF, 976 Ko)
- Gloriana Lang Clachar (Digital, New Technology and Public Policy policy stream) : "Does it pay to have an internet connection? Evidence from self-employees and employers in Costa Rica" (PDF, 649 Ko)
- Edoardo Magalini (Economics and Public Policy policy stream) : "Pre-school attendance and the labour supply of women in Italy – Evidence from an Instrumental Variable approach" (PDF, 1,05 Mo)
- Vincent Malapert (Administration Publique policy stream) : "Décentralisation, déconcentration : le renouveau des compétences du préfet depuis les lois Defferre" (PDF, 797 Ko)
- Laure Manach (Administration Publique policy stream) : "L’évaluation des risques en tension : le cas des pesticides SDHI en France" (PDF, 763 Ko)
- Lena Pican (Social Policy and Social Innovation policy stream) : "Quel rôle pour les sensibilités dans l’histoire des politiques environnementales ? Le cas de la Bièvre : 1791-1835" (PDF, 1,46 Mo)
- Viola Scordia (Europe in the world policy stream) : "The cheapest fare for a costly voyage: a Perspective on the Deficiencies of the EU-Turkey Statement on Migration Management" (PDF, 1,01 Mo)
- Estela Souto (Digital, New Technology and Public Policy policy stream) : "Does gender affect legislative behaviour? Evidence from the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies" (PDF, 2,01 Mo)
- Florian Strehaiano (Administration Publique policy stream : "Le plan de redressement financier de 1958 : entre remise en ordre et inflexion libérale" (PDF, 583 Ko)
- Théo Thouret (Administration Publique policy stream) : "The contribution of compliance law to the prevention of opioid crisis in France" (PDF, 666 Ko)
Class of 2019
- Luca Cigna (Social Policy and Social Innovation policy stream) : "Looking for a North Star? Trade Unions’ Positions in the Universal Basic Income Debate" (PDF, 1,98 Mo)
- Marie-Abelia Dumaine-Bouaziz (Administration Publique policy stream : "Les fonds souverains: instruments financiers ou acteurs politiques" (PDF, 1,17 Mo)
- Paul Gardin (Economics and Public Policy policy stream) : "Should Central Banks issue digital currencies? Consequences for the financial system, implications for monetary policy and concerns for privacy" (PDF, 2,06 Mo)
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the person in charge of your policy stream, or the team dedicated to the thesis: