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Master Class


Admission requirements

master students in the second year and higher
no prerequisites


The master class for computer science students in the second year of their master studies takes place every second week and is a mandatory class for all master students who are in their second year, i.e., in their research year (research project and master thesis). The master class aims at stimulating active interaction of students with their classmates, discussing open problems, issues, etc., and helping master students to stay on track. Each student is asked to give two brief presentations in the master class about their work, namely one presentation in the beginning of their master’s thesis work about the research topic and goals, and one presentation towards the end of their thesis work about the status and (expected) results. In addition, we will discuss topics such as the structure of a master thesis and writing scientific publications.

The master class is of course also open to LIACS staff members and of course to the thesis supervisors.

Course objectives

By attending this mandatory class in the second year of the master computer science (including all specializations), students:

  • report about the progress of their research, discuss their research with other students, and training giving presentations about their research,

  • learn by examples how to write a master’s thesis,

  • understand the grading principles applied by their supervisors for grading a research project and a master’s thesis,

  • understand the organizational process involved in graduating and learn how to plan their graduation systematically,

  • discuss principles of good scientific practice and relevant sociopolitical implications of computer science for society as a whole,

  • have opportunities for giving feedback about the master study and discussing with staff members, and

  • are provided with project topics for research and master’s thesis projects by scientific staff members.


The most recent timetable can be found at the LIACS website

Mode of instruction

  • Oral presentation

  • Group discussion

Assessment method

The master class is not graded.

Reading list

not applicable


You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

Contact information

Study coordinator Computer Science, Riet Derogee