Master Research Project


Course Objective

The objective of the master research project is to gain insight into the
various components of the research process, as well as the cohesion
between the various components. The intention being: how to phrase a
research question, formulate a hypothesis, prepare and perform
experiments, analyze data, interpret results (theory development) and
write reports. Students are then able (under supervision) to apply this
insight when preparing, performing and reporting on scientific research.
This objective is mainly concerned with the technical aspects of
scientific research. During the master research project, you will also
have varying, often valuable, experiences. You will experience what it
is to plan a research project from start to finish and to independently
implement it, and that working with others is an interesting and often
educational experience and you can immerse yourself in a subject that
interests you. You may also experience what can go wrong and how you
react to such setbacks.

A master research project has to meet a number of requirements, which
are formulated as follows:
• The research is based on a subject within the physiotherapeutic domain
that offers an adequate challenge.
• The research is performed in an ethically responsible way.
• The research is performed in a methodologically satisfactory manner.
• The research adds to, or is based on the theory valid for the
scientific subject.

Course Content

All master students Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences are required
to complete their study with a master research project.

The master research project is meant to work both as an integrator, as
well as a means for further specialization. An integrator, because all
abilities and knowledge collected during previous studies, projects and
courses will come together during the project. Moreover, it is an option
for further specialization, since the master research project will give
you the opportunity to develop research qualities on the subject or in
the specialization of your choice.

Teaching Methods

During the master research project you will work individually or with a
fellow student on a project. All Master Research Projects, also those
carried out outside the department, must be carried out under
supervision of an academic staff member of the department. This
supervisor has the final responsibility for the project. You are
entitled to approximately 35 hours supervision time.

Although it is still allowed to do this research with a partner, it is
strongly encouraged to work on (slightly) different research questions,
as each student has to write an individual report and give an individual
presentation. However, working with a partner has major advantages
during the hands-on phase of the project (such as building a set-up,
recruiting participants, collecting data, etc.) and having a sparring
partner for discussion facilitates decision making.

Method of Assessment

The Master Research Project is assessed by the first supervisor, who is
an academic staff member of the department of Human Movement Sciences.
The final report is also assessed by a second assessor, who also is an
academic staff member of the department of Human Movement Sciences. The
final mark consists of three must pass components and can only be
received if the student meets two other must pass components. The three
must pass components of the final mark are:
1. Research process (30%)
2. Final report (60%)
3. Oral presentation (10%)
The two other must pass components are:
1. An approved research proposal. At the start of the project, the
student writes a research proposal. This document has to be approved by
the supervisor.
2. Attendance of at least 12 seminars or Capita Selecta. During the
academic year seminars are organized at the department of Human Movement
Sciences at which students present the results of their Master Research
Project. Also, several Capita Selecta will be organized in which experts
in the field of physiotherapy research will give a presentation about
their work. Attendance at these meetings is compulsory to receive a
grade for the Master Research Project. Students have to attend at least
12 meetings.

Entry Requirements

Master students Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences are required to
have obtained at least 12 EC from previous master courses of the master
program Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences before being allowed to
start the master research project.

Target Audience

Student in the Master Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences

General Information

Course Code B_MRP
Credits 24 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. M.J.M. Hoozemans
Examiner dr. M.J.M. Hoozemans
Teaching Staff dr. J.H.P. Houdijk
dr. M.J.M. Hoozemans
dr. I. Kingma

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

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