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Research Zernike (ZIAM) Education Top Master Program in Nanoscience

PhD Research Proposal

Introduction and grading

During the second year (for about 4 months in the middle of the year) of the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience, the student will write a PhD Research proposal.

A kick-off meeting for this course unit will be scheduled in October in the 2nd year. 6 ECTS (intended study load of 6x28 = 168 hours) are rewarded.

Note: if you work on it for 10 hours per week, you should work on it for 4 months in parallel with your other work

All learning objectives, the course coordinator, information about the grading and the time schedule can be found on Ocasys, all additional information can be found on this page.

The aims of this part of the curriculum include:

  • learning to write a research proposal, and 'selling' it to funding agencies;
  • planning a research project, taking relevance, feasibility and novelty into account.

To make this as real as possible, the proposal should comply with the requirements as set by the course coordinator based on the requirements for i.e. 'FOM projectruimtevoorstellen'. The topic can be a PhD research project you wish to carry out yourself, one to be carried out by someone else, or a 'hypothetical' one. Examples of PhD proposals written by past students can be found below, see archive.

For the grading this assessment form is used. To make sure that the marks given to the various scientific proposals are comparable, the final mark will be assigned by the course coordinator Prof. dr. Shirin Farajai, based on the recommendation by the supervisor.  


Here you can find the archive of the scientific proposals written by former Nanoscience Top Master students from cohort 2003-2005 until cohort 2015-2017.

From cohort 2016-2018 you have to go to the university repository and to search for: Scientific proposal (Thesis type) and Nanoscience (Degree programme).

Current students are obliged to upload their scientific proposal to the repository.

Last modified:04 March 2021 1.46 p.m.