RESEARCH PROJECT

In the second year of your master you work on a Master's thesis, under supervision of a staff member of the Mathematical Institute. Please read carefully the information below if you plan to start your thesis project.

The research project consists of several components that depend on when the student started his/her master programme.

For students who start their thesis in or after September 2016, but started their master before September 2016, the research project has two components:

  1. Research project: proposal (WISM105)
  2. Research project: thesis (WISM106)

For students who started their Master in or after September 2016, the research project consists of the two components mentioned above plus the courses Master Introduction and Dilemmas of the Scientist, organised by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences. The number of EC’s depends on your programme, for an overview go to curriculum.

  1. ​​Supervisors
    • you need two supervisors for the thesis project: a first supervisor and a second supervisor;
    • you are required to find the first supervisor by yourself (you can ask your tutor for advice);
    • the first supervisor should be member of the Mathemtical Institute (MI) of the UU;
    • if you select a supervisor outside the MI (for example if you combine the thesis with an internship) then this supervisor can be your daily supervisor, but you still need to ask a supervisor within the MI to be your first supervisor (in that case you will have three supervisor: a daily, first and second supervisor);
    • the first supervisor selects a second supervisor within the UU;
    • students following the double master honours programmes will be co-supervised by two first supervisors, one of each institute.
  2. At the start of the thesis:
    • student and supervisor fill in the application form for the research project (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page), including the number of EC's and the deadlines for the "go/no go" evaluation and the thesis deadline;
    • be aware that this is a hard deadline; 
    • the number of EC’s depends on your programme, for an overview go to curriculum;
    • the deadline should be in line with the number of EC's;
    • the student should ask the programme director, Johan van de Leur (room 509), for approval of the thesis plan;
    • after approval, the student must hand in the form at the student desk (Minnaert building, room 1.20).
  3. "Go/no go" assessment:
    • the proposal will be assessed with a pass / fail;
    • an assessment form (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page) will be filled in by your supervisor;
    • we do not use Osiris docent, so the result should be send by the supervisor to the student desk , science.gsns@uu.nl: send name student, student number, result (fail/pass), WISM105.
  4. Completion of the thesis:
    • if the student fails to meet the deadline of the thesis, the rules of the protocol of the GSNS (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page) shall apply and the new deadline should be send to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl;
    • the student should arrange a date for the presentation with the supervisors and contact the student desk (Minnaert building, room 1.20) to arrange a room and send an abstract of the talk to the student desk;
    • the supervisors base their assessment on the guidelines for thesis evaluation of the Mathematical Sciences Master: Guidelines for Evaluation of Master Project;
    • the supervisor sends the assessment form (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page) to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl;
    • the student should upload the thesis to Igitur and send the confirmation email of Igitur to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl;
    • the student desk registers the grades only after they have received the confirmation email of Igitur;
    • attention!if the student wants to graduate before September 1, the deadline for the student desk to register your grade is August 15.

Students are required to find a supervisor by themselves, or they can ask their tutor for advice. Students following the double master honours programmes will be co-supervised by staff of both institutes. The student may start the research project when 45 EC of the mandatory courses or primary electives is completed, or with approval by the programme director.

A research plan is composed in cooperation with the supervisor. Student and supervisor are required to fill in the application form for the research project (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page). The supervisor then selects a second supervisor within the university. The student is responsible for handing in the form to the programme director, Johan van de Leur (room 509), for approval of the research plan. Next, the student hands in the approved plan at the student desk (Minnaert building, room 1.20).

The research plan should contain a deadline for the first part of the research project - the proposal - and a deadline for the second part of the research project - the thesis. Please note that the protocol (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page to find the protocol) of the GSNS applies when a project is delayed. The deadline should be in line with the number of EC's. For example, if you start with the thesis in September and take two courses in the first semester at the same time, the deadline for the proposal should be at the end of the first semester and the deadline for the thesis at the end of the academic year. Be aware that if you want to graduate before September 1, the deadline for the student desk to register your grade is August 15.

For the first part of the research project the student studies the literature and makes a detailed plan for the research and the thesis. For completion of this part, the student should hand in the research proposal to the supervisor, together with a plan for the written thesis. An assessment form (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page) will be filled in by your supervisor with important points of improvement. The proposal is evaluated by the supervisor and will be assessed with a “go” or “no go” (no numerical mark).

A positive evaluation of this part (“go”) should imply that, if the student continues working at the same pace, this will lead to a completed thesis of sufficient quality; a negative evaluation (“no go”) implies that the deadline of the thesis project is postponed, according to the thesis protocol of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences. The result (not the assessment form) should be send by the supervisor to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl, for the result to be registered in Osiris (please send name student, student number, result (fail/pass), Osiris code = WISM105).

To complete the thesis project, the student should give a presentation of 60 minutes. The student should arrange a date for the presentation with the supervisors and contact the student desk (Minnaert building, room 1.20) to arrange a room, and send an abstract of the talk to the student desk. The student desk will send an invitation of the talk to the staff members of the Mathematical Institute and the bachelor and master students of mathematics.

Be aware that there is a hard deadline: if the student fails to meet the deadline of the thesis, the rules of the protocol of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page to find the protocol) shall apply. Every thesis will be evaluated and graded on the basis of a standard assessment form (go to 'Forms for research project' at the bottom of this page), based on the guidelines for thesis evaluation of the Mathematical Sciences Master: Guidelines for Evaluation of Master Project. 

The project supervisor is responsible for administration of the completed form and sends the form to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl. The student is responsible for uploading the thesis to the thesis database of the university. To do so, go to Igitur and send the confirmation email of Igitur to the student desk, science.gsns@uu.nl. The student desk registers the grades only after they have received the confirmation email of Igitur

Honours students following the double master Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Sciences have the same starting dates, hand-in deadlines, and other conditions as Theoretical Physics students.

You may combine your research project with an internship. In this case, you have to find a project supervisor from the mathematics institute and a daily supervisor at the place of internship. The project supervisor is responsible for the thesis project and has to approve the internship. The internship may take less than the required study load; the total thesis project, however, should take the required study load. Make sure you have filled out the 'daily supervisor' section and also the Work Placement Agreement form below.

Within all Master's programmes one or more research projects are mandatory. Please see ‘Study programme’ for general information on such projects in your curriculum. In many cases, a research project may be carried out outside of the university, in the form of an internship at a company or research institute. This can be in The Netherlands as well as abroad (see also: ‘study abroad’). You are required to fill out one or more forms in order to be able to either start or finish your extracurricular internship. More information about the research project, internships and how to apply.

You are required to fill out the following forms in order to be able to either start or finish your research project or extracurricular internship. This project or extracurricular internship may take place at Utrecht University or at one of our partners (a different university, research institute, or business). 

Please fill out the forms digitally and use a print-out for signing and handing in. The documents require macros to be enabled in Word to use all of the form functionality. After approval of your registration you will be automatically registered in osiris.

  • Make sure to hand in the co-signed Research Application Form at the Science Student Desk prior to starting your project. Important: this form can only be filled out completely after you have discussed the project setup with your intended project supervisor! 
  • Please note that this protocol (English version) applies when a project is delayed. 
  • In case of a project or extracurricular internship outside of Utrecht University, please make sure you have filled out the 'daily supervisor' section of the Research Application Form and also fill out this Work Placement Agreement.
  • If your project is split into two parts, your project supervisor will fill out the assessment form part 1 at the end of the first part of your project.
  • At the end of your project your supervisor will fill out the assessment form part 2 and hand it in at the Science Studente Desk in order to have your grade registered in Osiris. 
  • Specific for Mathematical Sciences students: please refer to these guidelines.
  • Specific for Nanomaterials Science students: please refer to these guidelines.