Internship Health Sciences


Course Objective

At the end of the research internship, the student is able to:
• Conduct a scientific research project independently.
• Formulate a rigorous research question.
• Find scientific information independently.
• Select adequate literature relevant for a specific research question.
• Apply adequate and rigorous scientific methods to answer a specific
research question.
• Draw conclusions that are supported by the data.
• Write a final report in the format of a scientific article in English.
• Collaborate with researchers.
• Orally present the research results and discuss the findings in
• Obtain a good impression of the field of activity.

Teaching Methods

An important part of the MSc curriculum Health Sciences is the research
internship (27 EC). During this internship you will conduct a scientific
research project.

Please note: The topic of research has to fit the specialization you are

The research internship involves many different aspects, such as,
theoretical preparation, literature study, practical execution, report
writing, oral presentation, and participation in the scientific
activities of a research department.

Method of Assessment

The assessment of the research internship within MSc Health Sciences is
based on the following grades:
• An individually written manuscript (format scientific article) in
English: 60% of final mark
• Oral presentation on research project in English for an academic
audience: 20% of final mark
• Execution of the research project: 20% of final mark
• Attitude (pass/fail)

In order to succeed you need to have at least a grade of 6 or higher for
manuscript, presentation and execution. In addition, you need to have a
pass for attitude.

Entry Requirements

The following admission requirements have to be met in order to start
the research internship:
1) All students of the MSc Health Sciences need to obtain at least 18 EC
(= pass 3 courses) from the MSc Health Sciences program before the start
of the research internship, and
2) One of these courses should be Care and Prevention Research, except
for students from the specialization International Public Health who
have to pass Research Methods for Needs Assessments before they start
their internship.


The used literature depends on the topic of the research internship.
Literature must be up-to- date, relevant national and international
scientific references are used.

Target Audience

Master Health Sciences

Additional Information

See detailed information about the research internship in the Research
Internship Manual Master Health Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
2018-2019 on CANVAS.

General Information

Course Code AM_1115
Credits 27 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M. van der Hoeven
Examiner dr. M. van der Hoeven
Teaching Staff dr. M. van der Hoeven

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture