EY’s Master Thesis Mentoring Program

Are you a student or a group of students writing your master thesis in Spring 2024? Then our Master Thesis Mentoring Program is for you.

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The Master Thesis Mentoring Program

Would you like to be mentored by experienced consultants within your research field and develop skills that will help you plan, write and defend your master thesis?

EY’s Master Thesis Mentoring Program spans from the beginning of your thesis process to the ending of your thesis defense. We pair you with an experienced consultant who has industry knowledge and expertise within your chosen research field.

You decide if you want to write your master thesis in collaboration with a case company or keep it purely theoretical. However, if you wish to collaborate with a case company, we expect you to establish contacts in the company yourself.

What we offer:

  • Access to relevant insights, methodologies, and a large network of experts within your research field.
  • Appointment of an associated mentor that will challenge your thought process and provide insights to your problems and solutions.
  • Courses in advancing your skills and techniques — from planning your thesis to presenting your findings concisely.

About you

You are motivated by solving complex problems and are eager to apply your analytical skills to real-world problems. You also possess an innovative approach to finding solutions. But most importantly, we expect you to be passionate and ambitious about your chosen project.

About us

The Consulting practice at EY is contributing to a better working world by helping employees, clients and communities realize their potential. By placing humans at the center, leveraging technology at speed and enabling innovation at scale, EY clients are transforming to realize long-term value for people, business and society.

Topics to choose from

  • Cybersecurity

    Supply chain threats
    Whom can you trust in the age of Zero Trust?

    The weakest link
    How to convert employees from security threats to security champions?

    Cyber and digital transformation
    Cybersecurity as prerequisite for a thriving business

  • Data and analytics

    Quantum Computing

    AI Risk

    People analytics

    • How can Machine Learning predict employee burnout using data?
    • What metrics can predict team performance?
    • In what ways can employee communication optimization be personalized using data driven approaches.
    • Exploring the opportunity to analyze organizational networks with psychometric network analysis to maximize interpret ability, action ability and impact.
    • How can data-driven approaches be utilized to estimate attrition rates in companies/engagements?

    Data and Sustainability – (potential topics)

    • How do industries compare in terms of scope 3 emissions? An analysis of carbon footprint benchmarking.
    • How does ESG data integration improve scope 3 emissions management?
    • What strategies ensure robust ESG data quality throughout the value chain?
    • Forecasting oil prices in European energy markets using state-of-the-art machine learning.
    • Predict catastrophic events such as wild firesand severe flooding using geospatial data.
    • Benchmarking machine learning methods for predictive maintenance of wind turbines.

    Data strategy – (potential topics)

    • What are the implementation strategies and benefits of leveraging Generative AI in organizations?
    • How can a company assess the cost/benefit of developing and deploying a machine learning model.
    • What methods can effectively extract metadata from Contracts? What potential outcome can AI managed contract repositories result in.
    • Cost/Benefit of hyper parameter tuning of deep neural networks and traditional Machine Learning methods.

    Deep learning and Generative AI

    • How do LLM models and their political association pair with Danish political parties.
    • What is the difference of computational efficiency between variational autoencoders vs. general adversarial networks on computer vision and text generation tasks.
    • State-of-the art reinforcement learning in smart grids and quantified benefits to reducing carbon footprint.
    • Can convolutional neural networks automate the classification of professional portraits?
  • Technology transformation

    Technology as the driver for transformation in the financial sector

    • How does technology interplay with other forces as a driver for transformation in the financial sector, i.e., regulatory change, political agenda, or global events (COVID or similar)

    Correlation between technological maturity, market share and profitability

    • Understanding the correlation between technological maturity, market share and profitability through case-studies with neo-banks and incumbents.
      • Market maturity of UK vs. Nordics
      • Digital banking shift: larger incumbents are closing branches, while smaller incumbents still have focus on physical banking"

    Technology as the driver for revolution in the payments industry

    • Technology driving a revolution in the payments industry – Denmark vs. other geographies (Maturity case-study)"

    How does the incumbents deal with the challenges posed by adopting new technology?

    • Applying Humans@Center (Case study)
      • How does incumbents deal with the challenges posed by adopting new technology; Organizational reluctance to accept change, human resilience, driving implementations that makes SMEs obsolete"

    What role does regulation play in technological transformation of the financial sector?

    • What roles does the significant acceleration from the EU in the regulatory space play in the technological transformation of the financial sector
      • AML/KYC
      • Customer protection
      • Transaction monitoring/transparency
      • Payments/VAT-anti-fraud/transparency
      • What are the driving considerations behind the acceleration from the EU

    Collaborative Project Management

    • Investigate how effective collaboration between a consulting firm and an organization impacts project success.
    • Analyze the challenges and benefits of cross-functional collaboration in project management.
    • Explore strategies for fostering collaboration among diverse teams in consulting projects.

    Change Management and Implementation

    • Analyze the role of consulting firms in driving organizational change through project implementation.
    • Explore change management methodologies and their application in consulting projects.
    • Investigate how consulting firms facilitate the adoption of new processes, systems, or strategies within client organizations.

    Technology and Digital Transformation

    • Analyze how consulting firms drive digital transformation initiatives in collaboration with client organizations.
    • Investigate the role of emerging technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain) in enhancing collaborative project and program management.
    • Explore the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating technology into consulting projects.

Apply for the program

You are eligible to participate in EY’s Master Thesis Mentoring Program if you are enrolled in a master program and plan to write your master within the listed topics in Spring 2024.

At EY, we acknowledge that a diverse team’s performance accelerates when various competencies are combined. The same goes for educational backgrounds. Therefore, we welcome students from all Danish universities — irrespective of whether you have a background in technology, cybersecurity, economics, engineering, communication, data analytics or something completely different.

The application deadline is 29 October 2023.

The program will officially start at the beginning of 2024. Please submit your application as soon as possible as we are continuously working with candidate selection. You can choose one topic or a combination of topics from the list in the drop-down menu. When applying, please send your CV and application (maximum one page) answering the following three questions:

Question 1: Which topic /or combination of topics have you chosen and why have you chosen this topic field. Tell us more about how you intend to examine the topic field.

Question 2: What are your career aspirations once you finalize your master’s degree? Why is consultancy and EY interesting to you?

Question 3: Tell us why we should choose you/your group for the thesis program.

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact ida.hansen@dk.ey.com or josephine.sachse@dk.ey.com.

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