- For whom is this page?
- Elective Types
- Which elective for whom?
- How to apply for an elective
- Monitoring Performance and Feedback
- Internship? First complete the elective
- Dates and Deadlines
This page is for students of the Research Master programme who started in September 2022.
The Research Master (RM) Electives program provides options to conduct an individualized project or follow a course outside of your own RM track. There are three types of electives: Course elective, Review elective and Research elective.
Course elective: attending regular courses
You can attend a course from an RM specialisation or a regular master’s programme at Maastricht University or a course that is organized at a different university in The Netherlands or abroad. ECTS: depends on course content, duration and workload.
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Review elective: writing a review paper
You write a critical review on a specialized topic under the supervision of a member of the scientific staff of Maastricht University. You take the initiative to locate and arrange a supervisor for the review. You may complete one review elective. ECTS: 3 per project.
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Research elective: participating in (parts of) an empirical study
You can participate in (parts of) an empirical research project that is conducted and supervised by a member of the FPN or FHML scientific staff. You can apply for an available project from a list of project descriptions, updated in December of each year. ECTS: 3 per Regular Elective project, 6 for Long Research Elective project (only available for FN or DN students).
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|RM Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)|
RM Neuropsychology (NP)
|3||One research/review elective or|
course electives up to 3 ECTS in total.
|Effectively, you are limited to selecting one elective type.|
|RM Psychopathology (PP)||5||Any combination that in total amounts to 5 ECTS.|
|RM Fundamental Neuroscience (FN), RM Drug development and Neurohealth (DN)||6||One 6-credit Long Research Elective or a combination of electives that in total amounts to 6 ECTS.||For FN and DN students, the LAS Course Elective is offered during the 2nd RM year.|
How to apply for an Elective
To apply for a Research or Review Elective,
To apply for a Course Elective,
Evaluation Form. Download and print the document and have your supervisor fill it out as assessment of your performance midway and at the end of the elective. The items on the form only cover practical performance and do not cover aspects related to grading a written document, such as a Review paper, Research report, Lab logbook, etc.
The elective must be completed and graded before the start of the internship. The importance of this statement cannot be over-stated enough. For most Course Electives, grading will follow established administrative procedures. For a Research or Review Elective, when you submitted the elective report but do not see the grade listed on your gradelist, contact the RM Electives coordinator in time. We can then figure out whether the missing grade is due to the supervisor did not yet finish grading or did not yet submit the grade on "Collent", or whether there is an unexpected error or delay in processing the grade. Do not wait until the day before you start the internship to contact the RM Electives coordinator.
You are responsible for finishing your elective in time and signalling any unexpected events about the elective. Avoid that an unfinished elective interferes with your internship work or prevents you from graduating! Finally, your RM elective grade does not count into your GPA, but the elective credits are required for final graduation.
|Mid period 1 (October)||Get to know the RM Elective pages on AskPsy and "Collent".|
|At the start of period 3 (January)|
You can start applying for a Research or Review elective on "Collent".
|First month of your second academic year (September)|
Research or Review elective is finished and graded.
It is highly recommended (an understatement!) to finish your elective and have it graded at least one month prior to the start of the internship in November. You are responsible to have the elective finished and relevant materials submitted to the supervisor on time!
|Contact persons for Electives in the Research Master|
Vincent van de Ven