Pursuing master’s and doctoral studies involves developing another way of thinking, a more independent way of working. A master’s in research has the main objective of developing methodological skills and in-depth knowledge of a topic, which eventually leads to undertaking a PhD program.
Students who wish to obtain a master’s degree with a vocational focus in mind may prefer a program with courses (in French). The master's degree in courses and the master's degree in research lead to the same degree. The difference lies in the structure of the programme. The research programme focuses on research methodology and independent work around a topic chosen by the student, thus preparing him/her for doctoral studies. The other, which is essentially composed of courses, favours the direct application of specialized knowledge in a professional context, outside the university network.
When deciding to pursue research, it is important to find a topic that you are passionate about as you will devote several months to analyzing it. A research director will help you set your objective and scientific approach. They will also ensure that your work is progressing well up to the final evaluation of your research project.
To help you identify your subject, there are several tools:
If your academic record does not qualify you for direct admission in a program — this is the case for people who want to undertake a master’s degree in a different field than their bachelor’s degree — there are still options. Following and completing preparatory courses, known in the field as propaedeutics, could help you make your project a reality. You will then be admitted to a program provided you follow certain bridging courses. If you are interested in this option, ask the faculty in charge of the program you are considering (in French).