Major Research Project Environmental Bioanalysis


Course Objective

The aim is to obtain experience in scientific research including the
design and execution of experiments and to critically interpret and
reflect on the experimental results. The project will be conducted
within the field of environmental bioanalytical chemistry in one of the
following settings:
- University or Academic hospital
- Research institute
- Company
The internship can be performed either within the Netherlands or abroad.

Course Content

An environmental bioanalysis research project will deal with theoretical
and practical understanding of issues involved in the design, execution,
analysis and interpretation of complex bioanalytical experiments in the
context of environmental toxicology and chemistry (e.g. detection and
quantification of drugs/toxins/metabolites in environmental and human
matrices such as surface and drinking water, blood, breast milk,
amniotic fluid, etc ).

The specific content of the project depends on the associated
supervisor(s), available projects on location and the timing of the

Attention will be paid to setting up new research/experiments, using
state-of-the-art experimental techniques, analyzing experimental results
and keeping adequate documentation. In all, the student will get exposed
to doing research as well as to contemporary bioanalytical techniques.

Teaching Methods

Literature review, formulating a research question, conducting
experiments, keeping adequate documentation (e.g. labjournal), analyzing
data, reporting on results in progress/group meetings, in a written
thesis and final presentation within the research group.

Method of Assessment

Academic attitude, execution, oral presentation, and written thesis

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements with respect to attained courses and number of
credits apply. See the Education and Examination regulations and the
internship manual Drug Discovery & Safety. For questions, consult the
internship coordinator well in advance (


Starting literature will be provided by the supervisor. The first 1-2
weeks of the traineeship will be spent on literature reading and
preparation for the project.

Target Audience

Research variant of mDDS-BCCA, mDDS-DDSA

Additional Information

The standard length of a major internship is 42 EC (7 months). Extension
up to 60 EC (10 months) can be incorporated as part of the optional part
of the master program. Make sure you discuss your personal education
plan with your master (track) coordinator well in advance. See the
“Master Drug Discovery & Safety Internship manual” for more information
(rules, regulations, tips, etc.) on the internship process. This manual
can be found on the canvas community “Master Drug Discovery & Safety”.

Custom Course Registration

The number of internal (VU) internship positions is limited. Contact dr. Marja Lamoree ( for more information on internship opportunities, also for applying for an internship, where motivation letter and CV should be included. Be aware that selection procedures exist for most external positions as well. Before the start of the project an internship agreement has to be signed by all involved parties and the project proposal has to be approved by the VU supervisor. See the “Master Drug Discovery & Safety Internship manual” for more information on the rules and regulation regarding internships. If after reading the manual you still have questions regarding the process related to internships, admission, approval, etc., please contact the internship coordinator via

General Information

Course Code XM_0038
Credits 42 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.J. Scholten
Examiner dr. D.J. Scholten
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Target audiences

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