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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Professeur(s) responsable(s)J.LEFEBVRE
Intervenant(s)Oskar KOWALEWSKY , Jérémie LEFEBVRE , Paul ZIMMERMANN

Pré requis

Knowledge of financial theories and concepts
Quantitative methods used in finance (mathematics, statistics, econometrics)

Objectifs du cours

Conduct a master’s thesis in finance using to the hypothetico-deductive research method. This includes:
-Master the appropriate techniques and display expertise in finance
-Establish a coherent conceptual frameworks and define relevant assumptions
-Determine and collect an appropriate sample of data, and provide descriptive statistics
-Choose and apply appropriate quantitative methods
-Analyze and interpret empirical results
-Formulate conclusions
-Use the appropriate writing style for a master’s thesis
-Perform an oral defense of the research results, and convince the audience about the objectivity and rigor of the methods used

Contenu du cours

The course consists of working on a "mini-thesis" (similar to the master thesis, but smaller in scope and scale). The course is split in two groups: students who choose the 'Corporate Finance' sub-track, and those who choose the 'Asset & Risk Management' sub-track. Several lectures will guide students.
1 - Reminder about the hypothetico-deductive method and literature review
2 - Oral defense: the research proposal
3 - Data collection: sampling methods and extraction of data from financial databases
4 - Data analysis, interpreting results, and conclusion
5 - Oral defense: data and methodology
6 - Writing style of a thesis
7 - Oral defense of the mini-thesis

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Interactive class16,00  
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings15,00  
Independent study
Group Project20,00  
Estimated personal workload20,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant101,50  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Tutorial
  • Presentation
  • E-learning
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Interactive class
  • Coaching


The main evaluation of related to the "mini-thesis" project. Other evaluations with consist of computer tutorials.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Oral presentation1,00220,00
Case study0,00020,00
Group Project0,00140,00
Oral presentation0,00110,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • Course notes provided by the professor -

Ressources internet

  • IESEG Online

    The course website on ieseg-online will be used for various information and documents. It is mandatory that students be registered to the course forum as important information will be communicated through this medium.

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