Research in electives (mini project)

All Master's programmes (except Epidemiology Postgraduate and Science and Business Management) have an elective component of 12 credits. These electives can be used by the student to perform a mini-project.

Often, these mini-projects are short research projects. However other examples include: specific training for a lab technique, writing a script for the analysis of data, contributing to an exhibition in the science museum, writing an advisory report for a ministry or municipality.

Many of the instructions for research projects also apply to mini-projects. If you cannot find the answer to your questions in the information below, please also read the information under Research project.

The student can apply for a mini-project using the general application form. The form should contain at least the following information:

  • The start and end date of your project.
  • The content and the end product(s) of the mini-project and an indication how these products will be assessed and with what weight.
  • The name and signature of the UU or UMCU examiner of this mini-project.

External mini-project
In case of an external mini-project the supervisor host institute needs to sign the general application form as well. External mini-projects at non-university institutes or abroad also require a signed Internship contract.

A mini-project can take many forms, both in size (0.5 - 12 EC), content and end products (e.g. report, presentation, poster, advice, script). In all cases, the project needs to be graded by the examiner based on at least one end product. The examiner needs to motivate your final grade. Asking a second reviewer is allowed, but not obligatory. If the student delivers one or more written end products, these need to be checked for plagiarism via Ephorus.

There is a separate assessment form available for the grading of mini-projects. This form is only available on the Study Guide.