NEM-80436 MSc Thesis Nematology


Credits 36.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ir. J Helder
prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
dr. SA Geisen
dr. G Smant
RHP Wilbers
dr. MG Sterken
dr. MTW Vervoort
dr. ir. A Goverse
dr. ir. A Schots

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

To be determined by the chair group; max 12 ECTS of prerequisite courses for the thesis is allowed


The MSc thesis enables the student to put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by individually and independently conducting a research project in the field of the programme.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- develop a research plan, including the wider scientific context, identification of the knowledge gap, formulation of research questions, aims and objectives, and design of the project including approach, methods and tools;
- collect, select and process data, using the approach, methods and tools described in the research plan;
- analyse and synthesize the data, in order to answer the research questions;
- formulate answers to the research questions that are supported by the research outcomes, pay attention to potential limitations, and relate the outcomes to the wider scientific context;
- report on the research both in writing and in oral presentation;
- work in compliance with academic codes of conduct, and with proper management of time and resources;
- make use of input and feedback for executing the research project as well as provide feedback to others.


- research proposal/planning: the student should prepare by reading literature related to the project, formulating research question/hypothesis and proposing approaches and methods;
- carrying out the research project: the student should execute research activities and document findings and sources carefully;
- feedback: the student should deal with feedback from students and staff on proposal, research results and report and provide other students with feedback;
- report: the research should result in a comprehensive, consistent and concise report. In principle the report should contain all the elements of a full scientific paper in the discipline of the chair group;
- colloquium: the student is required to present major research findings to other MSc students and staff members of the chair group;
- oral examination: the final oral examination is a discussion with the examiner a second reviewer and in some cases, a supervisor outside the chair group.


For the assessment, reviewers/examiners use the MSc Thesis Assessment Form. The average grade for each category (research competence, thesis report, colloquium, examination) should be at least 5.5 for a pass.

Restricted Optional for: MBIBiologyMScC: Spec. C - Health and Disease1,2,3,4,5,6
MBIBiologyMScD: Spec. D - Ecology1,2,3,4,5,6
MBIBiologyMScB: Spec. B - Development and Adaptation1,2,3,4,5,6
MBIBiologyMScA: Spec. A - Cell Biology and Molecular Interactions1,2,3,4,5,6
MBTBiotechnologyMScA: Spec. A - Cellular/Molecular Biotechnology1,2,3,4,5,6
MBTBiotechnologyMScC: Spec. C - Medical Biotechnology1,2,3,4,5,6
MMLMolecular Life SciencesMScA: Spec. A Biomedical Research1,2,3,4,5,6
MMLMolecular Life SciencesMScB: Spec. B Biological Chemistry1,2,3,4,5,6
MPSPlant SciencesMScE: Spec. E - Plant Pathology and Entomology1,2,3,4,5,6
MPBPlant BiotechnologyMScB: Spec. B - Plants for Human Health1,2,3,4,5,6
MPBPlant BiotechnologyMScC: Spec. C - Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology1,2,3,4,5,6