Internship Neurosciences I


Course Objective

The aim of a Master's Neurosciences internship is to learn to
independently conduct neuroscientific research. At the end of an
internship the student
• is able to independently find scientific information and knows
how to analyse, summarize and critically evaluate this for the benefit
of his or her own research question.
• is able to use the principles from different disciplines in the
design of research plans, the execution of research, and the analysis of
the results.
• has command of the relevant research techniques and laboratory
procedures, including safety procedures and the ability to solve
emerging problems.
• has command of the use of computer software relevant for the
• is able to communicate experimental results in a scientific
article in English, and by means of an oral presentation.
• can analyse and evaluate planning, execution and results of
research independently and critically.
• is able to collaborate with researchers of various disciplines.
• can contribute to scientific discussions about plans, results and
consequences of research.
• can reflect on ethical aspects of research and applications of
• can evaluate his or her own functioning in the internship, both
by reflection and in discussions with others.
• has obtained a good impression of a potential future field of

Course Content

Presenting research proposal and writing report (scientific article in
conducting experiments and analyses, presenting and discussing data.

Teaching Methods

The day-to-day supervisor teaches the student the necessary
neuroscientific research techniques/tools and analysis tools and
regularly provides feedback on the performance to the student.

The VU supervisor or on-site supervisor also aids in the
student's development of the following skills, by means of formative
- academic skills (incl. insight and creative thinking)
- scientific writing skills
- presenting skills
- attitude

Method of Assessment

Formative assessment - Written draft of Introduction and presentation of
research proposal (GO/NO-Go decision after 6 weeks: decision on whether
the project and the student both have enough potential to continue)
Summative assessment, final grade: attitude & execution (25%), oral
presentation (25%),
written report (assessor 1: 25%; assessor 2: 25%).

Entry Requirements

Student has to have obtained at least 18 ECTS from the MSc
Neurosciences program before the internship can commence.


Starting literature is provided by the supervisor.

Target Audience

First year MSc Neurosciences students.

Custom Course Registration

Via the programme coordinator. The student uploads the Application and Agreement form incl. a research proposal, on Canvas at least four weeks before the start of the internship. The internship can commence as soon as the programme coordinator has approved the project.

General Information

Course Code AM_471108
Credits 27 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. L. Diergaarde
Teaching Staff dr. L. Diergaarde

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar