Organization of the academic year






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Organization of semesters 3 and 4

This page repeats some of the information already given on the general presentation page but also provides new information, especially concerning ECTS credits and assessment methods.

Semester 3

The aim of the 3rd semester of the MRI specialism is to provide each student with advanced knowledge in one research field, together with the broad bases applicable to all the various thematic tracks. It also gives students training in research methodology through the presentation of various aspects of this field, including oral and written scientific presentation techniques.

It is made up of a core syllabus and the 5 course units of the thematic track chosen by the student from the 9 tracks available at the consortium sites.

Core syllabus

The core syllabus consists of:

  • 2 course units (20 hours and 4 ECTS credits each) chosen by the student from the 3 available; students attend these courses either at the local site or remotely via video-conference. The aim of these core course units is to provide a broad background to the various research subjects;
  • 1 course unit on a methodological approach to research (PROF - 0 ECTS credits): one course unit on the writing of scientific papers (RAS); a series of lectures (CONF) in which presentations are given about academic and industrial research professions, the organization of research, and various specific research fields;
  • COLQ (2 ECTS credits), a course unit to prepare students for giving oral presentations, which includes the colloquium of the MRI specialism, giving all students the opportunity to present a scientific paper in a set amount of time, based on the internship carried out during semester 4.

Thematic tracks

Each track is made up of 5 set course units of 20 hours each (4 ECTS credits) established by the teaching staff. Depending on the track, one of the 5 course units, as indicated by the track’s teaching staff, may be chosen from a selection of course units offered in the other tracks.

Assessment procedures

The core syllabus course units are assessed by a final written examination. They also require individual work (around the same volume of work as the course itself), based on the reading of papers suggested by the teaching staff. These course units may develop over the years. Each course unit from the thematic tracks is assessed by continuous assessment , based on summaries of research articles and homework-type tasks, etc. The individual work required for this type of course unit is around 150% of the volume of teaching for each unit.

Semester 4

During the 4th semester, the student both continues the training in research methodology, learning about the writing and evaluation of scientific papers, and gains practical experience in research work within a team during a 5-month internship. This last semester is composed of a core syllabus part and an internship.

The core syllabus comprises one course unit in research methodology (BIBL); this is the bibliographic study, crucial to any research work, which is based on the subject of the internship (6 ECTS credits). The internship (24 ECTS credits) is 5 months long, usually from February 1 until the end of June. It culminates in a written report, reviewed by external experts, and an oral defense in a set time limit presented to a panel.

The timetable is available on the Intranet of the MRI specialism (unrestricted access).


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