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MCB PHD Orientation Course

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

The student should be in the final stage of his/her (last) MSc research project.


In the first 2 weeks the student will read 4 or more experimental scientific papers, and write a short thesis, which should serve as the introduction part of the research proposal. Based on this study the student will formulate the research questions that he/she would like to address in the proposal. In the second two weeks the student will write a detailed research proposal for a four years Ph.D. project, according to the NWO-ALW open competition format.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To obtain experience in preparing for, planning and writing a PhD research proposal.

Final qualifications:
An experienced MSc student that is able to conceive and plan a PhD study on a MCB research topic.


At the end of the second year

Mode of instruction

The topic is depending on the particular interest of the student (may be related to the MSc research project), and literature will be selected with help of the supervisor of the (last) MSc project.

Assessment method

This proposal will be discussed with and evaluated by the supervisor of the (last) MSc research project.


NWO-ALW open competition form is available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Four or more scientific papers, including one or two reviews



Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

Contact information

Dr. R. Offringa, email: