Our student research projects offer students the opportunity to delve into problems of their choice outside of the IB-assigned topics.

This student-driven approach empowers you to be an active learner who can focus your analytical, critical, and research skills onto a subject you are passionate about. Every student has a faculty member who serves as a mentor for the research project. Through such research projects, you will investigate economic, scientific, cultural or socio-political issues that are relevant today. All students produce the following independent research projects:

Extended Essay

A 4000-word university-style research dissertation

Internal Assessments

Various pieces of oral, laboratory and fieldwork; analytical and investigative essays; and primary and secondary research portfolios

Theory of Knowledge

a 1600-word essay that reflects on the nature of knowledge and epistemology

Real World Impact

The depth and rigour of our student research goes far beyond the requirements of the IB Diploma Programme. In many cases, an Extended Essay or Internal Assessment serves as a catalyst for real-world change — either as a galvanising force for the student researcher who continues to pursue study in that field or when their work on a niche topic gets wider attention.


What do our students research?

Some examples of student research.

The Impact of Mutation Rate on the Genetic Algorithm for Traveling Salesman Problem

I have been interested in computer science for a while, especially in the field of Artificial Intelligence. This EE gave me an opportunity to explore one of the algorithms in AI in depth, and furthered my interest in this area. After the process of doing this EE, I realized the potential of AI towards analysis and creation in the tangible reality, which made up my mind to further study this field when I am going to College.

Neel Shah India, Class of '19
The impact of the medium of the instruction on student learning in post-colonial states

My EE has definitely pushed me towards the idea of pursuing research in developmental economics as a profession. Additionally, it has introduced me to a range of issues in the field of education and the politics of language which I hope to explore in the future.

Yuhao Chen China, Class of '19
What are the socio-economic and other causative factors leading to Naxal terrorism in Koraput District of Odisha and what approach can the government take in dealing with it?

When asked to pick a topic for the EE, I gravitated towards terrorism and conflict. And the process of working on it really made me appreciate the policy that exists in the first place to deal with thee complex issues. It was a humbling experience getting to know the policymakers working at the highest levels who are constantly trying to perfect it.

Kruti Jethwa, India, Class of '18
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