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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 Physics bachelor’s programme. All projects have to be approved by the Study Advisor. In case of pending courses, the Study Advisor will evaluate your progress to day and decide on whether you may proceed with the project.

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.


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. Students in the double Physics and Astronomy program may choose a project from either Physics or Astronomy. Astronomy projects for double-BSc students that involve lab or instrumentation work are appropriate. Astronomy projects with a primary focus on data analysis should still address data collection, callibration and reduction and should demonstrate a technical understanding of the involved instrumentation. All Astronomy projects have to have a second supervisor from Physics who is ultimately responsible for approving the project (or a modified version thereof).

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 July 1st you will need to hand in your BRP thesis.

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

Mode of instruction

Literature, experimenting, reporting.


In consultation with supervisor and study advisor. When planning according to schedule, see the Bachelor Research schedule for March, April, May and June, full time.

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. The assessment is through a Beoordelingsformulier.
ECTS: 24 (20 for Bachelor Research and 3 for Thesis Report and 1 for Presentation)


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Contact information

Dr.H.Papathanassiou (Hara)>