YAS-60312 Research Master Cluster Animal Sciences


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper4
Group work4
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. H Bovenhuis
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. H Bovenhuis
prof. dr. ir. WJJ Gerrits
dr. S Brugman
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. H Bovenhuis

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

A BSc giving admittance to one of the Wageningen MSc programs, as well as approval of your study advisor that you follow the research variant within your MSc.
Students will be advised on enrollment in this course in consultation with the study advisors.
The advice is based (among others) on the student's general performance in course work and thesis.
This includes e.g. a GPA of at least 7.5 and only a few resits. 


RMC targets students with the ambition to pursue a career in science, particularly a PhD traineeship. The course therefore aims at acquiring and improving students’ professional skills in writing and defending a scientific research proposal, and at enhancing the scientific maturity and broadening the scientific horizons of MSc students. Reflection on own and other students’ performances are an integral part of the process. The approach chosen is the conception of a realistic scientific idea and working this into a grant pre-proposal of good quality that can be defended before a jury. For that purpose, skills related to writing, presenting and defending of the proposal will be trained.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- design a project in the Animal Sciences domain;
- collect relevant information in your field, identify existing gaps in knowledge and translate them into research objectives;
- write and defend a PhD-research proposal.


- acquire professional skills related to scientific writing, project planning, management and presentation;
- write your own PhD-proposal under supervision of a staff member;
- interact with your fellow students in discussion groups.


- the final project proposal is assessed by two PhD's (in their final year) and one of the lecturers;
- the rebuttal to this assessment and the final presentation for a scientific jury are assessed by the jury and the lecturers;
- the final product in combination with the process contribution are marked by the lecturers;
- the final grading is worked out individually based on these assessments.


Study guide, regular information on divers topics relevant for writing a PhD proposal.

Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMSc6WD