Mandatory Master courses, Junior Research Project 1 and 2.
A scientific review is an academic paper that provides a critique of relevant literature published on your field of investigation. Although a review uses no new data, it still provides an academic contribution through the interpretations made and the conclusions drawn. A good review provides a comprehensive summary of that field (comprehensive but not exhaustive- it should not become a textbook chapter). It demonstrates knowledge of and insight into relevant research done in the field. As well as describing research done, the review also provides a critique- a discussion of relevant debates, contradictory results, and disputed theoretical approaches. The review should identify key and innovative research and, where relevant, weaknesses in studies. The review should, in a well argued and substantiated manner, include the writer’s own evaluation, interpretation and conclusions.
The student has:
written a well-structured paper, suitable for publication in a scientific journal;
communicated ideas in a logical, well argued manner;
demonstrated understanding of and insight into the subject area;
identified and cited key contributors to the field;
recognized the current state of research in the field (frontier of science);
identified major debates e.g. conflicting theories/ contradictory findings;
demonstrated critical engagement with the subject through presenting own opinion/ interpretation using well-substantiated argumentation
Mode of instruction
Independent writing of a review with guidance and corrections by the scientific supervisor(s) and by Communication in Science tutors.
90% of the grade is determined by the content (JRP) supervisor and independent reviewer, and 10% by CIS.
For students in the de Research specialization this literature review (mandatory part of their master’s programme) should provide a critical discussion on the subject surrounding the research of JRP-II.
For students in other biomedical specializations this literature review may be included as an elective course and should preferably be linked to the subject surrounding JRP-I (or JRP-II)
Students in the Research specialization that have started their JRP2 before august 2012 are allowed to choose between writing a Master Thesis or writing a Scientific Review. They have to inform the examining board of their choice at least 6 weeks before the end date of their internship. When they choose writing a Scientific Review they have to send the subject of their Scientific Review for approval (see Blackboard for further information).