In order to qualify for the Executive Master participants are required to attend all ten modules of the programme (30 ECTS), Academic, write two Seminar essays (10 ECTS), produce an original dissertation or Master thesis (20 ECTS).
The Seminar essay is a dissertation of maximum 3.000 words. Participants are expected to react from their own perspective and to discuss one of the issues presented during the seminar.
The master thesis is a piece of work that all course participants have to produce in order to qualify for the degree. The thesis can be written in either English or French. The topic must be one of international politics and must be initially submitted to the academic supervisor for approval. The thesis should have the form and style of a scientific article. It should deal with a fairly focused topic, demonstrating that it has taken into account most of the existing work on the subject. It should make an original contribution to knowledge in the area. Its length should be around 15,000 to 20,000 words. Each participant will be assigned a supervisor and will be expected to be in regular contact with the latter during his or her research. Once submitted, the thesis will be assessed by the supervisor and at least one external examiner. Ceris reserves the right to publish the outstanding dissertations.
The oral examination is an assessment of the candidate’s understanding of international politics. Candidates sit the “major oral” in English or in French, in front of a panel of three professors. They can be asked questions on any current issue in international politics and are required to demonstrate their understanding of the deeper causes of all current problems and their capacity to analyse complex issues of international politics.
The exams are organised during the last week of June and October. If this opportunity is not used, it is still possible to sit the exam in late January or late June of the following academic year. A fee of 1.800 € will be charged for re-registration. However, if re registration occurs after an interruption of more than one year (non consecutive re registration) the fee will be of 2.500 €. No one may sit the same examination more than twice.
The final grade is calculated as follows: 40% – mark for the thesis; 40% mark for the oral examination; 20% mark for the seminar essays and other coursework. A combined average mark of more than 55% is required for the degree to be awarded. The grading system is as follows: Pass(55-64); Cum Laude (65-74); Magna Cum Laude (75-84); Summum Cum Laude (85 or more).
The Executive Masters 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) are issued by CERIS & Université Libre de Bruxelles-ULB and are agreed by ARES (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur) which is the federation of French-speaking higher education institutions in Belgium. The jury of the Executive Master program delivers a Certificate Level 7 EQF (European Qualification Framework). Participants should be aware that this Postgraduate Certificate (English style Master 60 ECTS) is not the equivalent of a Graduate Certificate, Bologna-type Master (120 ECTS) or specialized master’s (60 ECTS).
EQF Level 7 Knowledge : Highly specialised knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study, as the basis for original thinking and/or research. Critical awareness of knowledge issues in a field and at the interface between different fields.
EQF Level 7 Skills : specialised problem-solving skills required in research and/or innovation in order to develop new knowledge and procedures and to integrate knowledge from different fields.
EQF Level 7 Responsibility and autonomy : manage and transform work or study contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches; take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of team.