YML-80321 BSc Thesis Molecular Life Sciences


Credits 21.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. CW Hoogendam
Examiner(s)prof. dr. T Bisseling
prof. dr. BJ Zwaan
prof. dr. WM de Vos
prof. dr. JT Zuilhof
prof.dr. CS Testerink
prof. dr. ir. J van der Gucht
prof. dr. H van Amerongen
prof. dr. D Weijers
prof. dr. AH Velders

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

To start with the bachelor thesis, the student must have a study progress including all 60 credits of the first year and 42 credits of the second year compulsory courses. 

Assumed knowledge on:

All other compulsory courses from the BSc program Molecular Life Sciences.


In this thesis-oriented course students work individually on a subject related to the research activities of one or more of the participating chair groups: BIC, BIP, BNT, GEN, MIB, MOB, ORC, PCC and PPH. The students can find the thesis agreement form on the Brightspace site for the BSc thesis. The main activity is to perform a research project with an experimental character. In general, the subjects that can be chosen are supervised by researchers from one or more chair groups and have a multidisciplinary character. Every year new subjects may be offered to the students. Important aspects are working in a research setting and defining objectives for the research project, formulating a model or hypothesis, and making a working plan.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- function in a research setting as demonstrated by his or her performance during the thesis;
- apply fundamental scientific knowledge dealing with problems in a multi-disciplinary setting;
- apply methods commonly used to search the scientific literature;
- define objectives for a research project, formulate a model or hypothesis, and plan and perform experiments;
- adequately report on the research, both orally and in writing.


- literature research;
- analysis of the research subject in a multidisciplinary way;
- making a working plan;
- designing and performing experiments;
- presentation of the results, both orally and in writing.


students are evaluated based on:
- research competences (20-55%);
- experimental skills (0-50%);
- report (10-60%);
- oral presentation (0-15%);
- final discussion (0-10%);

The thesis agreement form has to be uploaded in Brightspace.


All information on how to organise the BSc thesis and the thesis contract can be found in the thesis Brightspace site, availabel through myportal. 

Compulsory for: BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1WD+2WD, 5WD+6WD