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Literature Study


This information is without prejudice. Alterations can be made for next year


The Literature Study is based on a literature search to answer a research question or hypothesis in the area of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences under supervision of a staff member of the LACDR. The Literature Study should consist of a critical review of scientific literature describing actual information, obtained by sound experimental research.
The subject of the Literature Study should have a degree of novelty:

  • No recent review with a similar subject should have been published, and

  • The subject of the Literature Study must not coincide with the subjects of the student’s Research Projects.

The Literature Study must be performed in an uninterrupted period of 5 weeks and includes the writing of a thesis of approx. 20 tot 25 pages text (excluding figures; A4 , font 10 pt).

Admission requirements

Master students of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Mode of instruction

Self study, discussions.

Course objectives

At the end of your 5 weeks literature study you have learned to:

  • write a well-structured paper

  • communicate ideas in a logical, well argued manner

  • demonstrate understanding of and insight into a specific research subject

  • identify and cite key contributors to the field

  • recognize the current state of research in the field (frontier of science)

  • identify major debates e.g. conflicting theories / contradictory findings

  • critically discuss scientific literature, research results and theoretical approache

Assessment method

Written assay.


Approval from the study adviser is necessary. Students must use the Master of Science document and send it to the study adviser. Registration in uSis is not necessary.


It is not allowed to do the Literature Study with the same Principal Investigator of the RP1 or RP2. Only the Board of Examiners can make an exception to this rule after a request by a student.