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 the practical work on your Research Project, a project proposal needs to be submitted and accepted.
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.
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.
The project proposal form can be found in Datanose.
Please keep the following points in mind during your research project.
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.
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.
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.
For some examples of previously written theses, you can have a look over here.
After the thesis has been uploaded in DataNose and the student has presented the thesis in the required colloquium, the project will be assessed.
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.
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.
More information about assessment procedure and scoring for Research Projects Chemistry can be found in the link below
After submission, the student can see the filled forms in DataNose on the research project page.
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:
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.