Research training

An important part of the student’s master’s programme Chemistry or LST is the component of research training. For the research specialisations, at least 60 EC is required. For the other specialisations (BS, SCS and EDU), at least 30 EC is required. Students can choose to extend the research training component with an additional 1 - 20 EC. In this case a part of the electives is used to extend the research project.

During a research project, the student is an active member of a research group. They are expected to be present at the times agreed upon, participate in group meetings and show a good work attitude. A research project counts for 6 EC per month based on full time work. If a student works part time, is following theoretical courses or shows insufficient attendance, the project duration will be extended accordingly to meet the requirements for the number of EC agreed upon. This extension is also applied for any holidays during the research project period.

Students can choose to can split up the research training component into multiple projects. The largest project is called the major research project and should encompass at least 40 EC (30 EC for BS, SCS and EDU) and maximum 60 EC. The major research project should be carried out within one of the research groups in the LIC, or for LST students at one of the associated institutes (LACDR, IBL, LUMC, NKI and ErasmusMC).

Minor research projects should last a minimum of 20 EC and should be independent of the major research project. Both project may be carried out in the same research area, but not in the same research group. For a minor research project, students are encouraged to look outside of the university and apply for a research project at a company or abroad. All external research projects are supervised by an internal supervisor and require prior permission from the Board of Examiners. Note that a minor research project can only be started after the major research project has been completed (including Thesis Talk).

For every research project, an agreement must be created on this website. This agreement can only be initiated and submitted by the supervisor (not by the student), after the supervisor has logged in successfully.
Usually this agreement is made during a meeting between a student and supervisor.
After the agreement is submitted by the supervisor, the student should log into the master's website, where they will find this agreement on their user page. They can digitally approve this agreement before the project is started.

For an external research project, prior approval of the Board of Examiners is required (except for MSc LST students that will perform a research project at the ErasmusMC, IBL, LACDR, LUMC or NKI). 

Finding a research project

Students are advised to discuss their ideas and options for research projects with their mentor or the study advisor at an early stage in their master’s. The mentor is usually the supervisor of the major research project and can advise which courses best fit in with the research topic. They can also put a student in contact with external partners for external minor projects.

Most research groups in the LIC advertise open positions on their website. In addition, positions are regularly posted on Blackboard. However, project opportunities are not limited to the ones advertised, and students are encouraged to approach a researcher whose work they are interested in to inform about possible projects in their group.

For every research project, an agreement must be created and submitted on this website by the supervisor and digitally approved by the student before the project is started.