Research Methods in Civil Engineering 2021-2022

Latest info

  • Second homework is due March 17 (latest 6pm)
  • Summary of paper information (group work) is due March 10 (latest 6pm)
  • First homework is due March 3 (latest 6 pm)

Link to podcast

Seminars taught by A. Deraemaeker

0. Objectives and introduction (pdf)

1. The world of research (pdf)

2. Extracting information from a paper (pdf), and topic presentation (pdf)

Avila paper, Avila paper example

3. Making a state-of-the-art (pdf)

  • Example of a bad state-of-the-art (pdf)
  • Example of a well-structured and critical state-of-the-art (pdf)

4. Building a work plan (pdf)

5. Writing a report (pdf)

5. Making a presentation (pdf) – example of presentation (ISMA conference)

List of master thesis topics

The list of master thesis topics proposed by promotors is available here.

You can also find some presentation videos here


  1. Extracting information from a paper (see info in the seminar above)
  2. Making a state of the art. The summaries of all 7 papers are available at the link above

Instructions for reports

The templates for the reports are now available for Latex and Word

Instructions for the report (number of pages, sections, …) can be found here

The evaluation grids for the promotor and the reader are here