Master Thesis

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WMNS901-45
Vaknaam Master Thesis
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode hele jaar

Uitgebreide vaknaam Master Thesis
Leerdoelen Most of the second year of the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience is devoted to an independent research project, under the guidance of a senior staff member (often with co-supervision by a daily supervisor, which can be a PhD-student or postdoc working for the supervisor).

The aim of the thesis project is to train the student in carrying out a research project, and to allow him/her/them to learn the skills needed for a career in scientific research. The project must be documented in a Master Thesis, and must be presented orally in a public session.

After the master research project, a student is, under limited supervision, able to:
a. design, plan and conduct a scientific research project
b. find, select and interpret relevant scientific literature
c. conduct research in an interdisciplinary and international setting and collaborate with colleagues with diverse backgrounds to obtain research data
d. organize and correctly interpret data collected during the project
e. write a scientific report on the project
f. defend project findings and conclusion in a meeting
g. act in an ethical, scientific, professional fashion
Omschrijving The Review Paper, the Small Research Project and the Master Thesis cannot be on the same topic nor in the same research group (same supervisor). The three topics must be a diverse choice from the research topics that are present in the Zernike Institute National Research Centre (incl. associate members).

A kick-off meeting (2h) is organized in the beginning of the second year of the Top Master Nanoscience.
In February, a midterm meeting (4h) is organized, where the students have to give a chalk-talk about the progress of their master thesis project.

Who can act as supervisor (first examiner)?
The project can be supervised by any member of the permanent and tenure-track scientific staff of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (incl. associate members). On request, long-term research associates can also act as supervisor.

Who can act as a second examiner?
Formally, the supervisor selects and makes contact with a suitable second examiner. A second examiner can be any person who can be supervisor, but the second examiner should be from another research unit than the supervisor, and someone who is not already closely involved in the project.
On request, persons from outside the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials can act as supervisor (or second examiner/referent) when such a person has appropriate expertise (for permission turn to the programme director, prof. dr. T.L.C. Jansen).
For projects conducted (partially) outside the institute or abroad, an internal supervisor must always be assigned.

The first and second examiners have to be principle investigators who are on the list of examiners for the Master Nanoscience:
1. Information about examiners 2. Complete list of examiners.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Individual guidance by staff members. Workshop: planning and time management by Jansen.)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(There is a midterm and a final assessment.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. T.L.C. Jansen
Docent(en) Dr. T.L.C. Jansen
Entreevoorwaarden The student must have passed the Review Paper (WMNS011-06) and Small Research Project and Symposium (WMNS007-13). Furthermore, the student may have no more than one core course part left for resit.

At the start of the Master Thesis, the student has to fill out the registration form. This form will be handed out during the kick-off meeting of the Master Thesis early September.

Half way the research project (in February), the formal midterm review of the research project aims to verify if the project is performed according to plan and to give the student an indication of level in performance as a basis for advice from the supervisor for improvement. It is the student’s responsibility to make an appointment with the supervisor for this midterm review. If a student encounters difficulties of any kind during the research project, the academic advisor should be informed in time.

Finalizing the project:
For finalizing the project, the student must present a written thesis and give an oral presentation (30 to 50 min, to be agreed upon with the supervisor).
The student must present the final copy of the master thesis one week before the final grading, which may coincide with the oral presentation, to the supervisor and the second examiner.
The student must announce the talk widely within the Zernike Institute a week before the event. During the final talk the second examiner must be present, and the referent must participate in the grading.

Assessment and remediation of Master Thesis project:
1. The assessment of the Master Thesis must take place at the time that is determined by the student and the supervisor and in accordance with the guidelines for the Master Thesis project in the degree programme.
2. If the assessment cannot take place on the agreed date, the student must notify the first supervisor and send a request to the Board of Examiners (BoE) to postpone the deadline (for a maximum of 10% of the total time). When this request is approved, a new deadline is set by the BoE.
3. Before or on the agreed end date, the project will be assessed. When the assessment criteria are not met, an insufficient grade will be registered. Then the student is offered a remediation trajectory by the supervisor and second examiner.
4. The student is offered a remediation trajectory of up to one third of the time of the original individual project period.
5. The supervisor and second examiner will agree on a new deadline in consultation with the student.
6. On the deadline of the remediation trajectory, the project will be assessed again.
7. If the assessment does not meet the set criteria after this deadline, the project will be assessed with an insufficient grade again. The student will have to carry out another project.
Opmerkingen Grading and grading deadline:
The supervisor (first examiner) and the second examiner define a final grade for the project by using the assessment form.
The programme aims to have all students completing their studies in the nominal duration of two years. For students on this schedule, the deadline for the grade submission is in the first part of August (exact date will be announced on the student portal). The grade only becomes valid after the student has uploaded the thesis to the repository of the UG.

More information about the guidelines for performing the project, duties and expectations to supervisors and students, guidelines for the report and the oral presentation, mid-term-assessment form, final assessment form, deadlines, upload to the repository and examples of thesis projects of previous years, can be found on the course Brightspace page and on the website via the following link:
master thesis .
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Nanoscience 2 hele jaar verplicht