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Literature Review

Graduate School of Life and Earth Sciences

The Literature Review is a mandatory part of the Masters in Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences. Below you can find information about the procedures and regulations of the research project.

On this page:
  • Literature Review ProtocolĀ 

    To inform and guide both student and supervisor a protocol is available discusses the following topics:

    • Objectives and outline
    • Guidance and supervision
    • Assessment of the literature review

    Both student and supervisors (daily supervisor, assessor and FNWI-appointed examiner) are expected to read this protocol.

  • Time schedule

    Registration and approval literature review

    4-2 weeks prior to start

    Interim evaluation

    3 weeks after starting literature review

    Draft version report to supervisor and assessor

    2 weeks before final date

    Feedback draft version report

    2-1 weeks before final date

    Processing feedback, writing final version report

    1 week before final date

    Final version report to assessor and FNWI-appointed examiner

    Before final date


    Max. 20 working days after final date

    Please note that this time schedule is based on a 12 EC Literature Review

  • Approval and Registration

    The literature review is subject to approval of the track coordinator and FNWI-appointed examiner. Students should submit their online Approval Form at The student should complete this procedure at least 2-4 weeks before the planned starting date. After the proposal has been approved the student, assessor, examiner and track coordinator will receive a notification that the project has been approved and can be started.

  • Interim Assessment

    After 2-4 weeks into the literature review, the progress has to be evaluated (interim assessment); The student or supervisor may initiate this meeting with the assessor (and FNWI appointed examiner). The evaluation should help the student improve the quality and progress of the research project.

  • Final Assessment

    The literature review will be assessed by at least two persons i.e. the assessor and FNWI-appointed examiner. More information about the assessment can be found in the literature review protocol (see above). 

    Assessment criteria
    Clear and relevant formulation of academic question/hypothesis Did the student properly describe the scientific question and was this question addressed in a clear way?
    Correct interpretation of the literature Did the student interpret the used literature in a correct way? Is the quality of the literature sufficient to address the question and support the argumentation?
    Context Was the subject placed in a correct scientific context? Did the student understand the subject and did the student have a good overview of the subject?
    Scientific originality Did the student make an original contribution to the project and the scientific field?
    Readability/use of language Did the student use a clear narrative style? Was the use of language (grammar and spelling) basically correct?
    Structure Is the report clearly written and structured? Do abstract and concluding section contain the important results obtained, and is there a discussion of possible future work?
    Elaboration of the main line of argument Did the student elaborate the main line of argument?
    Initiative/ability to work independently Did the student take initiatives of his/her own to carry out the project, and could he/she make progress in the (temporary) absence of close supervision?
    Planning and deadlines Did the student write the final version of the review based on one-time feedback on the (complete) draft version? Did the student plan his/her work well? Did the student finish his/her written report in time?