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Research Project

Master Chemistry (JD)

The Research Project is a mandatory part of the programme.

The Research Project generally takes place at one of the research groups at the UvA or VU, but it may also take place at an institution or company outside these universities.

Either way, suitable arrangements have to be made with the supervisor, you have to set up a timeline, and you and your supervisor have to write a brief project description.


  • Before starting your Research Project

    Before starting the practical work on your Research Project, a project proposal needs to be submitted and accepted.

    The proposal consists of:

    • Contact details for the examiner who will assess the proposal and your thesis
    • Contact details for the second reviewer of your thesis
    • Contact details for your daily supervisor who will supervise you during your research project.
    • A short project description (containing the scientific questions and goals, methods/techniques that will be used, and the student's contribution to the research)
    • The supervision plan 
    • A time schedule

    Requirements for the examiner and supervisor

    The examiner must be a permanent staff member of the Faculty of Science and appointed as an official examiner by the Examinations Board. Only appointed examiners may be selected in the list. If your examiner is not on the list, a formal request for appointment must be issued to the Examinations Board.

    The second reviewer must be a permanent staff member of the Faculty of Science as well, but does not have to be officially appointed as an examiner.

    Process of approval

    After submission, the track coordinator and examiner both evaluate the proposal. If the proposal is rejected, the student is informed as to the reason and allowed to submit a new or modified proposal for (re-)evaluation.

    Upon approval by both the track coordinator and exmainer, the student is informed that he can start the research project.

    Required forms

    The project proposal form can be found in Datanose.

    Please note, students are not allowed to start their research project until their proposal has been officially accepted by both the track coordinator and examiner. Projects started which have not followed this process may not lead to an official graded result.

  • During your Research Project

    Please keep the following points in mind during your research project.

    Interim assessment

    Halfway through the project, the progress of the project may be evaluated (by means of an interim-assessment); this is not compulsory but is strongly recommended. The student or examiner may initiate this meeting with the second reviewer (and track coordinator). The evaluation should help the student to improve the quality and progress of the Research Project. The interim-assessment form can be found below.

    Interim Assessment Form

    Thesis and Colloquium

    At the end of the research project it is compulsory to write a thesis and give an oral presentation (colloquium) on the research topic. The thesis and colloquium are both mandatory parts of the research project. 

    • Thesis: In most cases, the research report will be written in the same format as a scientific article, although the various parts must be described more extensively than is usual for a real scientific article. If the quality of the work justifies publication, the student will be made author or co-author of the publication presenting the results.

    • Colloquium: At the end of the research project the student is presents the results in an oral presentation (colloquium) to the staff of the division or institute and to other students. The daily supervisor, examiner and second reviewer are all present at this presentation.

    Title page

    The title page is the first page of your thesis. The mandatory title page for the master's thesis can be downloaded below. The thesis must be bound.

    Title Page Master Thesis Research Project

    Examples of theses

    For some examples of previously written theses, you can have a look over here.

  • Final Assessment

    After the thesis has been uploaded in DataNose and the student has presented the thesis in the required colloquium, the project will be assessed.

    Persons involved

    The research project is assessed by at least two people; the examiner and second reviewer. In special cases, an expert will be asked to join in the assessment process


    All theses are screened for plagiarism using Turnitin.

    Digital Assessment

    The assessment process is fully handled by DataNose. All persons involved recieve instructions for this process automatically by email. Both the examiner and second reviewer fill the assessment forms digitally. After submission by the examiner and approval by the second reviewer, the grade is automatically registered in SIS.

    In the past paper forms have been used for the assessment process. We kindly request all examiners to only use the digital assessment process for research projects.

    Scoring (MSc Chemistry only)

    More information about assessment procedure and scoring for Research Projects Chemistry can be found in the link below

    Assessment procedure (MSc Chemistry)

    Viewing of the assessment forms

    After submission, the student can see the filled forms in DataNose on the research project page.

  • Graduation procedure

    After completing the master programme, students can apply for a MSc. degree at the Education Office no less than three weeks before the actual degree ceremony (see examination dates). Please take care that:

    • Your Personal Education Programme (PEP) has been approved by the Examinations Board as soon as possible, but at least four months in advance.
    • All registration requirements must be met before an application for a MSc. degree certificate has been submitted.

    In order to apply for a MSc. certificate, the student must provide a number of documents. The letter below outlines the instructions and provides the forms required.