Research Methodology

This course is followed by the students of the Program in Soft Nanosciences of the UGA Graduate School, in the 1st semester of their M1.


This course is devoted to students in the first year of the Graduate School Soft-Nano program.  Students undertake a research project in soft nanosciences, starting by an appropriation phase. The goal of the course is to learn how to plan, set-up, and write, a research proposal.


Students spend 1+1/2 day per week in their research team. In addition the promotion meets on a weekly basis, and works on the following topics:

  • reading and synthetizing the scientific literature
  • understanding the novelty of the approach to be developed
  • defining the research objectives
  • defining the new tools /techniques/ know-how needed for the project, starting to acquire them
  • elaborating a tentative schedule for implementation of the 2-year research work, with milestones

Students take turns in presenting their progress to the promotion.
In addition to this continous activity, they are evaluated at the end of the term through:
- the submission of a research proposal (about 15 pages, including a state-of-the-art, novelty and objectives of approach, new  instrumentation/ elaboration/ numerics/ methodology to be developed, expected outcomes, scheme and schedule of implementation)
- an oral public presentation and defense of their proposal,  in presence of all the promotion and of a unique pluridisciplinary jury for all students.


Published on February 18, 2021
Updated on April 15, 2023