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Presenting Your Research


Entry requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students. The course is open to students in the second year of their research master’s programme. However, special arrangements will be made for students in their first year.


The course consists of one plenary and six subgroup sessions. In the first plenary session the general background to giving an effective presentation is sketched. Students are taught a specific structure for their talks. This is intensively trained in practice in the subgroup sessions to allow for optimal feedback. In the subgroup sessions, students are also taught how to present their research on a poster. During the course, we will focus mostly on offline, face-to-face presentations, but students will also learn how to prepare for an online presentation (e.g., long-distance presentations).

Course objectives

  • Learn the professional skills and attitude to present your research to a multidisciplinary audience

  • Learn how to formulate a clear and short core message of your research

  • Learn how to structure an oral presentation

  • Learn how to deal with questions from the audience

  • Learn how to present your research on a poster

  • Learn how to give constructive feedback on presentations

In this course, students thus develop key skills for communicating complex ideas to a mixed audience of experts and non-experts. Ethical issues are also addressed regarding the selection of information that students can present about the methodology and results of their research. The course can help prepare them to apply for research grants or other funding involving panels from different disciplines. It also prepares students for working in a multidisciplinary team, whether in academia or beyond.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

Plenary lecture (1). Thereafter sessions (6) in small subgroups, in which students give presentations themselves and receive and give feedback on their presentations and posters. All sessions – both plenary lectures and subgroup sessions – are obligatory.

Assessment method

Oral presentations (70% of final grade) during the subgroup sessions, as well as poster presentation (30% of final grade) at the “Wetenschapsmiddag Psychology” (Scientific Meeting Institute of Psychology in June).

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

Participants are expected to take notes during lectures. Instructors’ lectures will be posted on Brightspace.

Contact information

Dr. Gert-Jan Lelieveld