Major Internship


Course Objective

The major internship is the final pratical training within the master
programme and consists of at 36 EC. The aim of the major internship is
to opbtain in depth knowlegde and practice of a certain cardiovascular
research subject.

Course Content

The major internship can be carried out within or outside the VU/VUmc.
The internship must be performed in a cardiovascular research related
The results of the major internship integrated with the knowlegde
obtained acquired during the compulsory education forms the master
The master thesis will be defended in public. Whem performing the
practical components students must adhere to the faculty's safety

Teaching Methods

Practical work, presentation, report, work discussion etc.

Method of Assessment

• For the major placement 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 internship. The submission of the
form to the examination board is the responsibility of the master

• After 6 weeks an interim assessment has to be made by the assessor and
the supervisor. This 6 week period concludes the trial period. An
assessment has to be made regarding the possibility to successfully
finish the placement within the given timeframe.

• At the end of a placement: for each part a partial mark will be given.
The final mark is calculated, using the norm 40-40-20% for respectively
laboratory work, final report and oral presentation. The final
judgement will be executed in the presence of the supervisor, assessor
and the student.


A student is expected to learn and carry out scientific research under
supervision and in a later stadium more independently. During the
internship also included in the learning objectives are theoretical
preparation, literature search, planning of expirements, writing of the
final report, work discussions and participating in scientific
activities at the department.

Additional Information

A student is expected to read and process Scientific articles relevant
to the internship.For more information check out the regulations on the
faculty website.

General Information

Course Code M_CMAJORI16
Credits 36 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