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. 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 via OSIRIS Case (manual). Among others, the following information has to be provided during the application:
- The content and the end product(s) of the mini-project
- An indication how these end products will be assessed and with what weight.
- The name of the UU or UMCU examiner of this mini-project.
- (In case of an external miniproject) the name and contact information of the supervisor host institute
In case of an external mini-project the supervisor host institute needs to approve the application in OSIRIS Case. After the student starts the Case and provides all the necessary information the supervisor host institute will receive an email containing instructions. External mini-projects at non-university institutes or abroad also require a signed Internship contract (questions can be directed to the research project coordinators). The students can upload the Internshi contract without the research project coordinator signature, they will receive a notification from OSIRIS Case to sign the 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 and at least one end product has to be written material. The examiner needs to motivate their final grade. Asking a second reviewer is allowed, but not obligatory. Written end products need to be checked for plagiarism via Urkund/Ouriginal.
The assessment is done via OSIRIS Case by filling in the Final Assessment Form.