Research thesis

All major and minor research projects are concluded with a written thesis describing the research.

A research report or thesis contains all the information another researcher would need to continue with the research where the student stopped. Research reports contain at least an introduction, methods section, results, discussion, conclusion and references. The detailed requirements are specific to the type of research and preferences of each research group. Students should always check with their supervisors what they expect.

The first page of the thesis should be a title page that contains at least the title, the student’s name, their student number, their MSc specialisation, the time period of the project, the number of EC, the date of the final version of the report, the institute’s and research group’s name and address and the supervisors’ names.

The writing of the thesis is part of the project, and a reasonable amount of time should be allocated within the agreed upon time period to write the report. The final thesis should be handed in within 3 months after the last day of practical work. If this deadline is exceeded, the supervisor can limit the final grade to a maximum of a 6.

All theses are subjected to originality scans to detect possible issues with incorrect use of existing literature. Plagiarism is a serious offence and will be reported.

Grading of a research project

The final grade for a research project is decided by the supervisor. They use the online assessment form on the master’s website to assess the project of the student. Of course, they can ask for input from the daily supervisor and other colleagues.

For external research projects, the internal supervisor sends an invitation to the external supervisor to fill in an evaluation of the student’s work. Combined with their own opinion of the thesis and the thesis talk (major projects only), the internal supervisor decides on a grade for the student.

The file below shows the rubric used for evaluation of the student's research project. Students can also view a dummy version of the evaluation form based on this rubric by clicking on the link 'view research project evaluation criteria' on the right hand side of this webpage (only visible when logged in).