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Essay & Colloquium


Admission requirements

Mandatory component for MSc students Chemistry or Life Science & Technology (LST) in the research specialisation. Suitable as an elective component for all specialisations in MSc Chemistry and MSc LST. Not available as an elective for other MSc programmes.


The colloquium consists of a literature review on a relevant topic, a presentation on this topic and active participation in scientific discussions at other colloquia.
All rules and guidelines for the colloquium are explained on the MSc website

Course objectives

At the end of the literature study and after the presentation the student is able to

  • find recent literature relevant to the chosen topic.

  • critically read, analyse and correctly use and cite literature.

  • identify and cite key contributors to the field.

  • give an overview of the relevant aspects of the topic.

  • demonstrate understanding of the specific research subject.

  • recognise the current state of research in the field (the frontier of science).

  • write a clear, well-structured and concise review of the matter under study in good academic English.

  • use visuals where appropriate to complement their writing or presentation.

  • critically discuss scientific literature.

  • give an attractive presentation of the topic.

  • answer questions and engage in discussion concerning the topic.

Mode of instruction

Self-study and discussions with supervisor.

Assessment method

A written literature review essay of approximately 5000 words (50%) and an oral presentation of 20 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion (50%), both on the same topic. Both parts need to be graded with at least a 6.0 to pass this component.

As a part of this component, the student is required to attend at least 7 colloquia of fellow MSc students (Chemistry or LST) before their own colloquium. An attendance list must be handed in before the colloquium is graded.


The Brightspace environment for this component is integrated into the programme Brightspace module.