The second part of the one-year master’s programme (from period 3 onwards), is devoted to arranging and conducting a research internship and training in professional skills. For the research internship students explore a research issue within their specialisation. Students start their internship with the writing of a research proposal. Students complete the master’s programme by writing a thesis on research undertaken during their internship. The internship can be completed at Maastricht University or at an external host institution. In all cases, a student’s research proposal and master’s thesis will be evaluated by two assessors. At least one of these assessors is a (senior) researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN). The other assessor might be a (senior) researcher at, for example, the institute where the student collected their data. Information about research internships offered by external institutes or faculty members can be found on EleUM > Students Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience > internships. This site also provides a detailed guide with practical information about the criteria for the research internship and the master’s thesis.
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Knowledge of: Conducting a supervised empirical research project and summarising the research results in the form of a master’s thesis.
The Research Internship can only be started when at least 8 credits of the compulsory courses have been obtained of the modules offered in periods 1 and 2. In addition: certain Research Internships may require the completion of practical or skills training(s).