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Master thesis



Semester 2, April 2018 till June 2018.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Vitality & Ageing with at least passed two of the three following courses: BVA, OI and OAS.


In this internship of 10 weeks the student will perform a research project in the field of vitality and ageing. In order to achieve the objectives, the student familiarises him/herself with the existing knowledge in the field to which the research or policy question pertains. He/she carries out individual research in order to obtain answers to the questions and participates as a member of the team of the department (university or organisation), also in consultations and in work discussions.

Course objectives

The student:

  • is able to apply and describe qualitative or quantitative techniques, analyses or designs

  • is able to draw up a scientific hypothesis, design and write a scientifically sound research plan and to evaluate this plan using peer review of fellow students and/or researchers

  • is able to acquire knowledge and understanding independently and efficiently for the purpose of his/her own research or health care policy analysis through independent study of specialist literature written in English

  • is able to work on new insights and to develop novel approaches

  • is able and aware of the necessity to keep abreast of relevant developments in the field of his/her project subject, and is able to assess where and in which way he/she can contribute to this field

  • is able to clearly articulate and layout his/her own research findings, (clinical) ideas or health care policy analysis with well-thought through arguments

  • is able to judge relevance of the research results, to what extent the research results can be implemented and translated into health care practice or policy.

  • is able to cooperate in the working group and is aware of his/her role in the group

Mode of instruction

Internship, mentored by supervisor. Tutor group sessions.

Assessment method

Interim assessment: during the comeback days students discuss their progress in their internship.

Final assessment: the student is assessed on the following aspects:

  • Internship assessment (knowledge, skills, independence, originality, scientific quality, social skills, motivation) as summarised in final internship assessment form

  • Thesis: written report (scientific content; scientific writing skills)

  • Thesis talks: oral presentation for the department (content/structure, presentation skills), and for a lay audience (closing ceremony)

More information will be published on blackboard.