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Wiki of the Thesis design and Master project Information sciences.

This wiki page offers information for the master students on how to participate and complete the mandatory Master project.

Thesis Design and Master project courses

The Master project which is mandatory for all students consists out of two courses that both have to be completed. The courses are:

There are a number of phases that the students will have to go through in choosing and participating in a project:

  • Orientation
  • Thesis design
  • Master Project

Further information about the requirments and obligations in these different phases will be given in the following section.


Choosing a subject

First, you need to orientate on the different subjects that can be done at the VU or at a company. You can find all the information here on this Wiki and at the "stagebureau". Open example projects can be found on the Information_Sciences page. Additionally, in November, there will be a Master Project Information meetings to inform you of the procedure and possible internal and external projects.

This meeting will be on Monday 23 Nov 15.30-17.00 in room S607.

Make an appointment with a master coordinator

Make an appointment with one of the two Master Project Coordinators. The coördinators are:

When you make an appointment with one of the coordinators you will have a 20 minute meeting when you will discuss your interests with them. They will suggest a supervisor. When your interest lies within a domain of another Master Programme one of the Master Project Coordinators will send you to the contact person of this domain. The contact person will then suggest a supervisor.

Please note that:

When communicating with your Master Project Coordinator about your Master Project, please use "Master Project" in your e-mail header. Before you start your project, make sure that your project is 'known' by one of the coordinators.

Make an appointment with your supervisor

Make an appointment with the suggested supervisor. During this meeting, you will make an agreement about the master project. The agreement must consist of the following items:

  • Project place
  • Theme of the research question
  • Supervisor
  • Second reader
  • Period

Register your project

After this, you have to register your project in the Master Project Wiki.

All student projects need to be registered before December 15th.

When the project is registered, you have to print your Master Project page and let your supervisor sign. Then, you have to submit the signed printout to the Onderwijsbureau FEW.

Thesis design

The first four weeks of your project are part of the Thesis Design phase (6 ECTS). This is a separate course for which the student will receive a grade. During this phase, you develop your research plan and conduct the literature research. After the first month, you submit your research proposal. The proposal will contain the context, the problem statement, the research question, the method and a planning formulated on max. 4 pages. At the same moment you will present this material to your supervisor and other students and their supervisors in a meeting. The Thesis design is graded by your supervisor and a second reader. The assessment form for the Thesis design will be made available here. One or more intervision meetings will be organized as part of the Thesis Design phase. Students will be notified in advance.

The goal of a thesis design is to write a research proposal on the subject of your chosen master project. The research proposal will have to consist of the following content:

  • State of the art of the literature
  • A clearly defined research problem and question
  • Operationalization
  • Methodology
  • Time frame

Please note that the maximum length for the proposal is max 4 pages.

Requirements for UvA students

As of this academic year (2015/2016), we will require UvA students to follow the course 'Thesis Design' in case they wish to carry out their master project under the guidance of a VU supervisor. In this way, UvA students will be equally prepared for the master project as our own VU students are. We expect that this will increase the chances of UvA students to successfully complete their project in the allotted time of a one year master program. If you are discussing a master project with an UvA student, do take this new element into account. Once you agree to the supervision of an UvA student, please see to it that the student will include the course in his or her program. Clearly, each UvA student will receive all formal credits upon successfully completing 'Thesis Design'.

Master project

The remaining 18 ECTS consist of executing the research described in the plan. This is the "Master Project Information Sciences" course (Code: X_405083). When the final version of master project is submitted to your supervisor and the second reader, you will give the final presentation during a special meeting. After this, your supervisor will give the final grade for your work. Here you can find the assessment form for the Master Project.

Some remarks

  1. Although you can do a project at a company, you can only develop a research plan in collaboration with your VU supervisor. So approach a VU supervisor early.
  2. A Master Project IS consists of 18 ECTS and 6 ECTS literature research (Thesis Design) this is approximately 4 months of work. If there is an interruption of more than 3 months, the project will be considered failed.
  3. The Master Project has to be written in English. You have two options of reporting your work on your thesis. [1] a ACM style article approx. 15 pages plus appendices or [2] regular style thesis report.
  4. At the end of the Master Project you give a final presentation in the Intertain Lab at VU. Practical information will be made available.
  5. When you are finished with your project, please upload your thesis document on the wiki and check the finished box.
  6. Further information about Thesis Design in general and about doing a Master Project at the UvA.[1] and for information about the Thesis Design presentations.

Links with helpfull information

Master Project Guide

Overview of Masterprojects Click on one of the pages below to get an overview of current and past projects, and to register your own project.

Thesis Design

Master Project Meetings

Master Project Meeting 2014

Master Project Meeting 2013 part 2

Master Project Meeting 2013 part 1

Master Project Meeting 2012

Master Project Meeting 2011

Contact and feedback

If you have any questions relating to the summary of information listed on this wiki site or find that something is missing or incorrect please contact the administrator of this wiki site:

Victor de Boer, Master coordinator.