Course ObjectiveThe internship is a compulsory part of the Master’s programme and
involves many different aspects, such as theoretical preparation,
practical execution, literature survey, report writing, oral
presentation, and participation in the scientific activities of a
The internship should be related to International Public Health.
At the end of the internship a scientific report of the work has to be
written as well as an oral presentation given.
For more (detailed) information, please see the placement manual on
Canvas (ALW_BMW_9999_01: Master Programmes Biomedical Sciences and
Course ContentThe internship is a compulsory part of the Masters’ programme in
The internship has to be preceded by a research proposal. During the
internship, you write an extended research design, collect your data and
you do the final analysis. Finally you present your findings both orally
and in a report.
Internships can be done at various locations, but should be part of an
academical or research institute. Projects at academical or research
institutes outside the Netherlands are also accepted, provided they are
of sufficient academic quality and adequate on-site supervision is
guaranteed. In all cases: take care that you will be working on research
related to your specialization and that you will be able to collect
enough reliable data to write a scientific report in the end. Purely
monitoring or inventory projects will not be accepted.
Teaching MethodsResearch project, under supervision of VU-staff.
Method of AssessmentWithin six weeks after the start of the internship a Go/No Go evaluation
is made by the VU supervisor. The aim of this interim evaluation is to
decide whether the project and the student both have enough potential to
continue (Go) or not (No Go). This evaluation is based on:
• Written material by the student, including a final research proposal
and either the Introduction or Methods section of the article or both.
• Attitude of the student and execution of the project during the
The final assessment of the internship is undertaken by the VU-
supervisor and the second assessor.
In the final assessment, the VU supervisor assesses four different
aspects of the internship:
• the attitude of the student
• the execution of the research
• the final report/article
• the oral presentation
The second assessor provides an assessment of the final report only.
The final report counts for 50% of the final grade, the oral
presentation for 25% and the execution of the research also for 25%.
Only if marks for each item given by the VU-supervisor and the second
assessor are 6 or higher and the attitude is a ‘pass’, the internship is
regarded as sufficient. The final grade is calculated from the marks
given by both assessors and, together with other administrative details,
is summarized in the final assessment form, done by the master's
Entry RequirementsThe student is enrolled in the Master’s programme Biomedical Sciences of
which the internship is part.
Before starting the placement, the student:
1) has passed Research Methods for Needs Assessments, and
2) has received an additional 12 ECs in the MSc programme (total at
least 18 ECs).
For internships abroad generally an average grade of 7 or higher is
The second internship can only start after the first internship has been
Target AudienceStudents from the MSc Biomedical Sciences with a IPH specialization
Additional InformationThe Placement Manual is based upon the 'Student Placement (Internship)
and Research Project Regulations' of the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). Detailed information can be found in the Placement
manual Biomedical Sciences on Canvas (ALW_BMW_9999_01: Master
Programmes Biomedical Sciences and Biology) and in the Academic and
Examination Regulations (AER).
Duration of the internship is 5 months (30 EC) and may, under certain
circumstances, be elongated to 36 EC (see AER and/or Placement manual).
It is not allowed for your literature thesis and internships to take
place on the same or on a highly similar subject.
Custom Course RegistrationThe research proposal is approved by the placement coordinator and the VU-supervisor, after which the application has to be approved by the masters’ coordinator in advance (on behalf of the examination board). The Placement Manual describes the process of completing the internship from the beginning (the admission) through the actual execution with its supervision to the final stage (assessment and grading) in consecutive order. The various stages of the process will be supported by forms which are supplied in the appendices or in links. Please see the placement manual on Canvas (ALW_BMW_9999_01: Master Programmes Biomedical Sciences and Biology).
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. D.R. Essink|
|Examiner||dr. R.J. van Belle-van den Berg|
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