Literature Study


Course Objective

The student is expected to learn to extract the main message out of a
large number of publications and acquire an overview of the current
knowledge of a certain research topic. A student is expected to learn to
understand a research question, read relevant literature and make a
timely survey of the literature including a critical evaluation of the
publications. In addition, the student has to discuss his/her findings
in an oral presentation.

All information, regulations and forms are described on the website

Course Content

The student will write a literature thesis on a subject of his/her own
choosing. Selection of the subject and writing of the thesis will be
done under the supervision of a supervisor. The student will learn to
critically assess literature, read a large body of literature and
distill the relevant information from it. The student should be able to
write a report in which the current state of the literature is
summarized and in which remaining questions and debates within the field
are addressed.

Teaching Methods

Survey outline, Report and presentation

Method of Assessment

• For the literature study a student always has to ask for approval of
the examination board of the Master's Programme in Cardiovascular
Research via the form, which can be found on This form
should be filled in together with the supervisor and assessor, and
contains detailed information on the literature study. The submission of
the form to the examination board is the responsibility of the master

• After 2 weeks, a survey outline must be handed in.

• After finishing the literature study: for each part a partial mark
will be given.
The final mark is calculated, using the norm 10-70-20% for respectively
survey outline, final report and oral presentation. The final judgement
will be executed in the presence of the supervisor, assessor

Custom Course Registration

The board of examiners has to give its approval of all practical training periods and the literature study. Forms and guidelines for practical training periods can be downloaded from the faculty website. Unapproved practical training periods will not be registered by the educational secretarial office. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student.

General Information

Course Code M_CLITSTU16
Credits 9 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. D.W.D. Kuster
Examiner dr. D.W.D. Kuster
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself