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Electives in the research master 2020-2021

News and updates (8 October 2020)

For 2nd-year RM students: If you are currently involved in an ongoing Research or Review Elective during the period of restrictions to limit the spreading of the Corona virus, please provide the RM Electives coordinator with an update on the current status and progress of your elective project(s). Send an email message to Vincent van de Ven and include  the following:
- Your name and student ID
- Elective details (supervisor, elective type & code)
- Current status and how corona virus restrictions affect progress of your elective

Also, discuss with your elective supervisor about how to proceed and finish the elective.
  • Read the instructions on these pages carefully before applying for electives!
  • FN/DN electives: The Laboratory Animal Sciences is now offered only as Course Elective.
  • Course Electives for Forensic Psychology are not possible anymore due to lack of vacancy.
  • Do not forget to fill out the DorsWebApp Elective Application form when applying for an elective

Elective Types

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. Read more >>

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. Read more >>

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). Read more >>

Which elective for whom?

Specialisation name

total ECTS

Allowed combinationsRemark
RM Cognitive Neuroscience
RM Neuropsychology 
3One research/review elective  or
course electives up to 3 ECTS in total.
Effectively, you will be limited to selecting one elective type.
RM Psychopathology
5Any combination that in total amounts to 5 ECTS.
RM Fundamental Neuroscience
RM Drug development and Neurohealth
6One 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 Electives, please contact the supervisor of the respective elective project. The email address of the supervisor is appended to the respective elective description. When the supervisor has confirmed your participation in the elective project, go to the Electives section on DorsWebApp, select the elective of your choice and fill out the application form. You will receive an automated email of your application and the supervisor's response to it. If the elective of your choice is not (yet) listed, please contact the supervisor or the RM Electives coordinator.

To apply for a Course Elective, send an email to the RM Electives coordinator, in which you specify the PSY-code of the course, in which period it is offered and who is the course coordinator. Your application will be forwarded to the Board of Examiners, which makes a final decision of acceptance that depends on eligibility, course content and study load.

Monitoring Performance and Feedback

To monitor performance during the elective project and allow the supervisor to provide substantiated feedback about performance, you can use the 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.


Dates & Deadlines

September 2021

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.




Contact persons for Electives in the Research Master

Vincent van de Ven

v.vandeven maastrichtuniversity.nl
043-38 84510
Oxfordlaan 55, R. 1.020

Last modified: Thu, 08/10/2020 - 16:48

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