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Purpose of the thesis

You will have to learn to generate scientific articles in an abridged form and in your own words. In doing so, you must:

  • present a biological subject in a structured fashion in the form of a report using various articles from scientific journals;
  • learn to work with various literature systems.


Enrol for one of the thesis-courses in Osiris. There are several course-codes for several types of theses:

NWI-BM-THESIS1 First literature thesis (for students enrolled in a research specialisation)
NWI-BM-THESIS2 Second literature thesis (for students enrolled in a research specialisation)
NWI-BM-THESIS3 Literature thesis for students that follow the SMI, SIS or Science and Education specialisation.

Please note: if you switch specialisations during your master after finishing your first thesis, there is no need to change the course-code of the registered thesis. In the Neuroscience specialisation, one of the literature theses is replaced by NWI-BM059 Systematic Reviews in Neuroscience.

The subject of the thesis

A specialized subject pertaining to the field of your internship that is readable and comprehensible for a broad public. It is also possible to work on a topic you have formulated on your own. Please be sure that the supervisor agrees with the topic.

The subject is to be worked out in more detail on the basis of a number of basic articles or review articles and using various literature systems. It is important that you formulate, deal with and then solve a problem in your thesis. In doing so, you are not only to make use of other articles in addition to the basic article, but also of the knowledge that you have acquired in other courses. For example, guidebooks may prove useful in helping you to use and reproduce technical terms in the correct fashion.

Structure of the thesis

Each thesis must comprise the following:

  • title page (title, name of the author, place and date);
  • a brief summary (in English, if required);
  • an introduction in which a problem is formulated;
  • a section in which the burden of proof, the articles used, is/are examined;
  • a discussion with critical comments with respect to the articles that are used and conclusions concerning the problem as formulated;
  • a reading list.

It is recommended that you timely discuss the set-up of your thesis with your supervisor so that you do not meet with any surprises later on.

If you are experiencing problems in writing your thesis, then discuss this with your supervisor in time. You can also discuss the situation with the educational advisor, a tutor or a teacher that you get along with well.

Evaluation form

The thesis is evaluated with this form (pdf, 71 kB) and signed off with a testimonium. The digital system is only used for internship evaluations so NOT for your 6 EC literature thesis.

Academic Writing Centre Nijmegen

The Academic Writing Centre Nijmegen (in Dutch: ASN) offers every student or teacher support based on one's individual needs concerning the execution or supervision of academic writing tasks. This support may vary from coaching with respect to various writing assignments to workshops in writing skills to assistance in sophisticating one's writing didactics. The services of the ASN are easily accessible, free of charge and intended for anyone associated with the university so as to contribute to developing a high-quality academic writing culture.

Visit the website of the Nijmegen Centre for Academic Writing  for more information.