Writing Assignment (7.5 ECTS)
Your writing assignment consists of either a literature review of a relevant topic or a project proposal of your own choice. A UU staff member with relevant expertise will supervise you during the process. The topic of the thesis should be different from any of the topics of your research projects.
Major (51 ECTS) and Minor Research Project (33 ECTS)
The two main components of our two-year Master’s programme are the minor (6 months) and major research projects (9 months). The topics of the research projects can be freely chosen in relation to drug innovation. Note that these topics prepare you for your specialisations and expertise. The aim of the projects is to train you as independent researcher.
You will work under supervision of a post-doc or advanced PhD student and participate as member of the research team. A project can involve practical work at a laboratory (most projects) or handling data from questionnaires or databases (e.g. pharmacoepidemiology). You will work on a well-defined project, practising, designing, planning and performing the research, collecting and interpreting data, drawing conclusions, and reporting orally and by writing reports. This often also involves taking part in work discussions and journal club meetings in order to become skilled in ‘how to perform research correctly’.
The minor research project can also be achieved internationally. The staff of the Utrecht University Life Sciences groups have access to extensive international networks of scientific collaboration with universities, research institutes, or companies abroad. The staff can help you with making choices and introduce/recommend you. We encourage our students to complete a traineeship abroad.
Alternatively, the minor research project (Research profile) may be replaced by a specialisation in Experimental Pharmacology, Drug Regulatory Sciences, or by a Management (M profile), Communication profile, Education profile Life Sciences, Applied data Science profile, Bioinformatics profile, or Complex systems profile.