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Supervision Research Projects

Supervision

All faculty members with a research appointment, who are members of an acknowledged research school can act as Research Master’s Psychology supervisor. These are: full professors, associate professors, assistant professors with a research appointment, and postdocs. Please note that PhD students are not eligible as Research Master’s supervisors.

PhD students and other staff members can be involved as daily supervisors. Please refer to paragraph ‘Supervision by more than one supervisor’.

If students want to be supervised by a person who is not eligible as a Research Master’s Psychology supervisor, students have to have a Research Master’s Psychology supervisor as well.

Staff Members by research group

At the  Psychology Research Institute website all staff members (faculty, post doc and phd's) have a personal page with information about their topics and interest. 

http://psyres.uva.nl/research/nav 

We have also made a document with possible Research Master's Psychology supervisors and their fields of interest, however this document is not as up to date as the website mentioned above! 

The Research Master’s supervisor has to approve the research proposal before it is sent to the Thesis Committee and the Research Master’s supervisor is responsible for the grade and credits of the internship or thesis. Please note that the Thesis Committee grades the Thesis proposal.

Supervision meetings

The student and Research Master’s supervisor have to meet regularly. The intensity and the duration of the meetings may vary, but supervision should at least be one hour per week on average. If the Research Master’s supervisor is not the daily supervisor, student and Research Master’s supervisor have to have at least five meetings (see below).

Supervision by more than one supervisor

If a student has a daily supervisor who is not eligible as a Research Master’s supervisor (e.g. a PhD, a staff member with a teaching appoinment, a researcher at an other university or organisation, etc) the research project requires two supervisors: the local or daily supervisor and the Research Master’s supervisor. The Research Master’s supervisor has to approve the research proposal before it is send to the Thesis Committee and is responsible for awarding the grade and credits for the research project.

The Research Master’s supervisor decides which information is needed to be able to come to a balanced evaluation of both process and product of the research project. These requirements should be clearly communicated to the student and external supervisor at the beginning of the project.

Apart from the meetings with the daily supervisor, the student and Research Master’s supervisor have to have at least five meetings:

  1. Initial meeting in which a first draft of the proposal is discussed; 
  2. Proposal meeting: meeting in order to approve the proposal
  3. Midterm meeting: 1.5 months after the proposal to check the progress 
  4. Report setup meeting before the students starts writing the report 
  5. Final meeting in which the product and process are discussed and graded. The daily/local supervisor should be involved in each of these meetings. Ideally the meetings are in person, yet contact by phone or Skype is also allowed. 

Second assessor for Thesis

Apart from the Research Master’s supervisor, a second assessor is involved to check the quality of the Thesis. The second assessor does not take part in the actual research. The thesis proposal is assessed and graded by the second assessor (as well as by a member of the Thesis Committee). Also the thesis report is evaluated and graded by the second assessor (and your own supervisor). The supervisor and student approach a second assessor for the project, and state the name of the second assessor on the Thesis contract, The Research Master’s supervisor has the final say in who will be approached as second assessor.

 

Thesis proposal = graded by Thesis Committee member & 2nd (independent) assessor 

Final Thesis Report = graded by your Supervisor & 2nd assessor 

 

Supervisors and fields