Internship Health Sciences


Course Objective

At the end of the internship, the student is able to conduct a
scientific research project under supervision and able to:
• Formulate a rigorous research question
• Find scientific information independently
• Select adequate literature relevant for a specific research question
• Apply rigorous scientific methods to answer a specific research
• Draw conclusions that are supported by the data
• Write a final thesis in the format of a scientific article in English
• Collaborate with other professionals e.g. researchers, policy makers
• Orally present the research results and discuss the findings in

Course Content

The research internship is an important and compulsory part of the MSc
program Health Sciences.
The internship has to be preceded by a research proposal. The research
internship involves many different aspects, such as theoretical
preparation, literature study, practical execution, report
writing, oral presentation, and participation in the scientific
activities of a research department.

Internships can be done at various locations. An internship is described
as internal when the internship takes place at a department of the VU
Amsterdam or Amsterdam UMC, location VU medical center (= VUmc). All
other internships are referred to as external and can be both in the
Netherlands or abroad, for example at research institutes (e.g. RIVM,
NIVEL), other universities, hospitals or other health care institutions,
municipal health services, or health insurance companies.

The regular start dates of the internship are in the beginning of
February, March and April (exact dates can be found in the Internship
Manual MSc Health Sciences, VU University Amsterdam 2019-2020 on

Teaching Methods

During this internship you will conduct a scientific research project
under the supervision of a VU-supervisor. The topic of this research has
to fit the specialization you are following.

Method of Assessment

Within six weeks after the start of the internship a Go/No Go evaluation
with the VU supervisor
together with the student (and if applicable the on-site supervisor),
will take place. The aim of this Go/No Go evaluation is to decide
whether the research project and the student both have enough potential
to continue (Go) or not (No Go). The evaluation is based on:
• The written introduction and methods sections of the thesis
• The attitude of the student and execution of the project during the
first six weeks.

The VU supervisor (and if applicable with input from the on-site
supervisor) will assess the written thesis, the execution of the
research project and the attitude of the student. A independent second
reader will assess the written thesis as well. The presentation will be
graded by two independent assessors. The assessment of the research
internship within MSc Health Sciences is based on the following grades:
• An individually written thesis (scientific article) in English: 60% of
final mark
• Oral presentation on research project in English for an academic
audience: 20% of final mark
• Execution of the research project: 20% of final mark
• Attitude (pass/fail)

In order to succeed you need to have at least a grade of 6 or higher for
manuscript, presentation and execution. In addition, you need to have a
pass for attitude. The final grade is calculated from the marks given by
the assessors and, together with other administrative details, is
summarized in the final assessment form, done by the MSc internship

Entry Requirements

The following admission requirements have to be met in order to start
the internship:
1) All students of the MSc Health Sciences need to obtain at least 18 EC
(= pass 3 courses) from the MSc Health Sciences program before the start
of the internship, and
2) One of these courses should be Research Methods for Health Sciences
(first course of the MSc programme Health Sciences)

Target Audience

Students of the Master Health Sciences

Additional Information

More detailed information about the internship can be found in the
Internship Manual MSc Health Sciences, VU University Amsterdam 2019-2020

Custom Course Registration

The research proposal preceding the internship has to be approved by the MSc Internship coordinator and the VU supervisor before a student may start the internship. The Internship Manual (see Canvas) describes the process of completing the internship from the beginning (the admission) through the actual execution to the assessment. The various stages of the process are supported by forms that need to be completed in Formdesk (see appendices of Manual).

General Information

Course Code AM_1115
Credits 27 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M. van der Hoeven
Examiner dr. M. van der Hoeven
Teaching Staff dr. M. van der Hoeven

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture