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Bachelor project: Research, Thesis and Presentation (N+W)


Admission Requirements

  • You can only participate after successful completion of both the first and second year of the double bachelor's programme in Physics and Mathematics. If you do not meet this requirement, you will need to contact the Astronomy study advisor who decides whether authorization for participation can be given based on the number of EC's you have obtained.
    Students who follow a dual bachelor, should timely (= one month before proposed start of project) contact the study advisor, as they need research projects that are approved by both programs.

  • Prior to starting your BRP you will have to register for the project by completing a registration form. The procedure for this is available on the Bachelor Research Project website.

  • Please note that students in the combined bachelor's programme in Physics & Mathematics need to succesfully complete the introduction week in the first week of February prior to starting their Bachelor Research Project. The workshop schedule will be available on Blackboard.


In the Bachelor Research Project (BRP), you independently perform scientific research in one of the research groups of LION during a period of 17 weeks. You will be actively involved in a on going research program where you will investigate experimentally and quantitatively a related partial question. Your contribution will involve runing experiments, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and presenting your results in a research thesis and a technical presentation and may involve co-defining the research question and determining the appropriate method.

The research project is primarily a project in experimental Physics. Students in the double Physics and Math program have the option of carrying out one research project in Experimental Physics and one in Mathematics, or they may do a single Physics research project which may be on a theoretical topic and requires a second supervisor from Mathematics.

In November-December, the available projects will be presented in a poster session named the ‘Bachelor Project Fair’. This allows students to select a project and a supervisor and discuss the details in a follow-up meeting (if needed).

You will start your BRP with a number of sessions that address specific research skills, including time management and the use of scientific databases (see Research Skills and Introduction Bachelor Project ). In parallel, you will join your research group. You will start your research as part of ongoing work in the host group and participate in regular group meetings and other activities. Every two weeks there will be a BRP meeting event, where you meet with your fellow BRP students and the BRP coordinators to shortly discuss the progress of your research. This starts with a short talk on ‘Introducing my project’ in the first month, continues with a ‘Midterm talk’ halfway and is concluded with your ‘BRP presentation’ at the end of your BRP. On the last Friday in June you need to hand in your BRP thesis.

You can find the full procedure on the Physics Bachelor Research Project website

Course objectives

After completion of the Bachelor Research Project you will be able to contribute originally to the design and execution of research projects, analyse and interpret experimental (or other) results and report on the findings to a technically versed audience.

This means that after this project you will be able to:

  • Propose a (novel) measurement or analysis procedure that can lead to relevant results

  • Implement plans and carry out reproduceable measurements (or calculations)

  • Interpret results in an objective way, linking your research question to a scientific conclusion

  • Present your research question, research approach, research findings and conclusions, both orally and in a bachelor research thesis

Soft Skills

After the project, you will be able to:

  • Collaborate within a research group, contributing to its scientific work

  • Plan your research activities realistically and deliver expected products by agreed deadlines

  • Professionally respond to feedback and adapt practices accordingly

  • Hone your ability to seek original and creative solutions

  • Develop further life-long learning skills


In consultation with supervisor and study advisor. When planning according to schedule also consult the Bachelor Research Project sessions (BRP) in the schedule for March, April, May and June (full-time)

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different

Mode of instruction

Literature, experimenting, reporting.

Assessment method

This section is completed when the research project is completed and the report and presentation are assessed by both the supervisor and a second assessor. For the grading we have assessment forms Assesment. ECTS: 24 (20 for Bachelor Research and 3 for Thesis Report and 1 for Presentation)

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From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.
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Dr.H.Papathanassiou (Hara)