Research projects/Internships

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Research projects

Within all Master's programmes one or more research projects are mandatory (see ‘Study programme’ for general information).

  • within the university, step 1 only
  • outside of the university, in the form of an internship at a company or research institute. 
    • in The Netherlands, step 1 and step 2
    • abroad (see also: ‘stay abroad’), step 1, step 2 and step 3

It may also be possible to do an extracurricular internship; less research-oriented but more geared towards applying skills learned in your Master's programme and getting a closer experience of a real company environment. Please ask your programme coordinator for opportunities within your programme.

Specific for Nanomaterials Science students:

An additional (international) internship as secondary elective besides your research project is possible. Please look at the Internship Nano page for extra information.

Specific for History and Philosophy of Science students:

It is possible to do an internship besides your research project. Please look at the Internship HPS page for more information.

Specific for Applied Data Science students:

It is not possible to go abroad for internship. All internships have to be done in the Netherlands.

Specific for Computing Science students:

Please refer to detailed information on the Thesis project page on the COSC-site.

Need inspiration for your thesis? Listen to the podcast series 'Masters of Science'

All Master's students have to write a master thesis (research project). Do you need inspiration? Or do you want to know how other students experienced writing their thesis? Listen to the podcast 'Masters of Science': produced by Master student Daan Tamminga. 

During the podcast episodes, Daan talks to master students from the Faculty of Science about their study programme and their master thesis from a personal, student-framed perspective.

Business Informatics with Master student Hilde Jongeling
Climate Physics with Master student Ina Nagler
History and Philosophy of Science with Master student Geoff Allen

Doing an internship is recommended but not required in the HPS master. Internship options include, but are not limited to, science museums such as the Universiteitsmuseum or Museum Boerhaave, science policy institutions such as the Rathenau Instituut, or research institutes such as the Huygens Instituut. In recent years, HPS students have also done internships at, for example, popular science media, research institutes such as the RIVM, and UNESCO.