Academic thesis MDE


  • ​Students may submit an application to write an academic thesis at any point during their studies, but preferably after the first year of their academic course.
  • Students may not take a viva until they have obtained 39 compulsory credits towards their Master’s.

Writing the report


  1. Students who intend to write a Master's thesis must find a HEC Lausanne professor who agrees to supervise. Together, they chose the subject of the thesis
  2. The student fills in the form "Demande d'agrément de mémoire académique" (Application to write a Master's thesis), has it signed by the professor and sends it to Isabelle Perrotti.
  3. The Master's thesis is supervised by a professor from HEC Lausanne. Regular contacts between the student and the professor are necessary: at least two meetings and regular contact by email or telephone.
  4. The thesis is submitted. A pdf version of the thesis is sent by email respectively to the professor and the expert.
  5. Oral defence of the thesis in the presence of the expert and the professor. The professor fixes the date of the viva in agreement with the student and the expert.
  6. The student informs Isabelle Perrotti by email of the date of the viva.
  7. The professor transmits the form "Formulaire de validation du mémoire académique" (Validation of the academic thesis) with the grade to the administration.
  8. The hard copy of the master’ thesis disappears, after the presentation, the student will upload his master’s thesis (only the final version) via this link. The master’s thesis will be stored in a database

Important dates:

  • Viva before the 6th of July for the Summer Session, before the 6th of September for the Autumn session and before the 6th of February for the Winter Session – 90 credits required.
  • Presentation of viva flexible – if 39 compulsory credits from module 1 have been obtained. If 75 credits obtained, the student has 6 months to do the viva’s presentation.
Documents and link to upload the master thesis
Formulaire de validation Mémoire MDE  (21 Ko)
Règles et procédures  (489 Ko)
Link to upload the master thesis

Academic Agreement can be completed directly online through this link:, once the documents have been completed, you are able to download the pdf file, print it, and sign it.

L'agrément de mémoire n'existe plus en pdf, vous compléterez vous-même le document en ligne, l'imprimerez et le signerez.

Theses written by students

List of theses' titles
2020-MDE-Academic Theses  (170 Ko)
2019-MDE-Academic Theses  (436 Ko)
2018-MDE-Academic Theses  (151 Ko)
2017-MDE-Academic Theses  (268 Ko)
2016-MDE-Academic Theses  (414 Ko)
2015-MDE-Academic Theses  (406 Ko)
2014-MDE-Academic Theses  (267 Ko)
2013-MDE-Academic Theses  (390 Ko)
2012-MDE-Academic Theses  (239 Ko)
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