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How Do I Find a Supervisor for My Master’s or Doctoral Program?

At the graduate level, you will need to write a project report, thesis, or dissertation under the supervision of an ÉTS professor. That person will become your research supervisor.

Role of the thesis supervisor:

  • Helps you define your topic and establish your scientific approach (literature review, methodology).

  • Ensures you know and comply with the rules of ethics specific to the field and the rules of intellectual property and confidentiality, if applicable.

  • Ensures that your work progresses well.

  • Advises you on your choice of courses.

  • Authorizes the submission of your report, dissertation or thesis for evaluation and ensures conformity with the corrections made after the evaluation (dissertation and thesis).


    When should you choose your thesis supervisor?

    • Master's degree with thesis program (M.A.Sc.): before your admission. When you apply for this program in English, you must provide proof that an ÉTS professor has agreed to act as your thesis supervisor.
    • Master's degree with project program (M.Eng.): at the beginning of the 2nd year (around the 4th session).
    • Doctoral program (PhD): at the time you apply for admission.

      How to choose your supervisor

      Contact the faculty members whose expertise is linked to your desired field of study. To do this:

      How to contact a professor

      Have you identified a potential supervisor? Make your first contact by email. In this email:

      • Explain why you are reaching out.

      • Demonstrate that you are aware of the person’s work and achievements. If you already have a fairly precise idea of your future research topic, mention it. If not, describe your research interests. Sometimes the supervisor suggests a topic.

      • Briefly describe your experience, your previous education and your accomplishments, like membership in scientific associations and groups.

      • Specify clearly that you would like to discuss with him or her, either in person or on the phone, the possibility that he/she acts as your supervisor.

      • Mention your availability.

      To your email we recommend you attach:

      • A short curriculum vitae

      • A transcript of grades

      • A significant document (for example, an end-of-program report or a thesis) so the professor can assess the quality of your prior work

        How to prepare for your first meeting

        Be well prepared for your first meeting with a professor you hope will become your supervisor. To get ready, think about the following things:

        • The subject of your project or your research: Define your area of interest. Do you already have a specific topic or do you want the supervisor to suggest one?

        • The main phases of the study program: Do you need more information about what courses to take, how to decide on a project, or about the process of writing, submitting (for evaluation), and defending your report, thesis, or dissertation?

        • The supervisor’s mentoring methods: Mentoring methods vary among individuals. Discuss the subject at the first meeting to ensure that the proposed methods suit you.

        Sample questions

        • What degree of autonomy does the professor expect from his (her) student?

        • Does he/she favour a task-based relationship or one which also takes into account more personal aspects?

        • Does he/she meet regularly with the student? How often?

        • Does he/she have specific production requirements (e.g.: a periodic report, summary sheets) to monitor and evaluate the progress of the work?

        • Does he/she expect the student to be present daily at the university?

        • What is his/her level of involvement in the planning of the main phases of the project and the creation of a timetable?

        Adequate funding for the entire duration of your studies is an important success factor, especially if you plan to study full time. Ask about ways in which your supervisor could support you financially. For example:

        • Is he/she in a position to give you a grant from research funds?

        • Is he/she able to hire you as a research assistant?

        • Are there opportunities for collaborating with partners (laboratories, universities, industry)?

        • Is he/she in a position to offer you income from laboratory work, marking or teaching courses?

        • Can he/she advise you about scholarships and grants that may exist?

        • Will you have a work space (office) at your disposal?

        • Will you have access to equipment and facilities needed for your project?

        • Will you have access to required supplies, materials and human resources (technicians)?

        • Does the professor have a budget to cover certain research costs (supplies, travel, etc.)?

        • Is the professor a member of a research team or laboratory?

        • To what extent can you use the laboratory facilities?

        • What will your role and status be within the team or the laboratory?

        • Does the professor have ongoing projects with industrial partners?

        • To what extent might you be involved in these projects?

        Choosing a topic

        Ways to pick a research topic:


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