Course ObjectiveThe 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
• has command of the relevant research techniques and laboratory
procedures, including safety procedures and the ability to solve
• 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 ContentWriting and presenting research proposal and writing report (scientific
article in English),
conducting experiments and analyses, presenting and discussing data.
Teaching MethodsThe day-to-day supervisor teaches the student the necessary
neuroscientific research techniques/tools and analysis tools and
regularly provides feedback on the performance of 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
Method of AssessmentFormative assessment - Written research proposal and oral presentation
thereof (GO/NO-Go decision after 6 weeks: decision on
whether the project and the student both have enough potential to
Summative assessment ,final grade: attitude & execution (25%), oral
written report (assessor 1: 25%; assessor 2: 25%).
Entry RequirementsThe student needs to have successfully completed Internship
Neurosciences I, before Internship Neurosciences II can commence.
LiteratureStarting literature is provided by the supervisor.
Target AudienceSecond year Master's Neurosciences students.
Custom Course RegistrationEnrollment in the course via vu-net. NB the project needs prior approval of the programme coordinator: The student uploads the Application and Agreement form incl. a research proposal onto 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.
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. L. Diergaarde|
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