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Research internship

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- What is the research internship?
- Who can do the research internship?
- Duration of the research internship
- Requirements to start the research internship
- Aims of the research internship
 

What is the research internship?

In all of the Master programmes you are required to devote a substantial time to a research internship. Under the supervision of two supervisors you have to plan, conduct and analyse the results of your own research project. In the final stage of the Master's Programme, you are required to write a report on your research in a Master's thesis.
 Aims of the research internship >>


Who can do the research internship?

The research internship is a mandatory element of all FPN Master programmes. It may be conducted at the UM  or at another university.
 

Duration of the research internship
 

ProgrammeeWhenDuration
1Y Master
 
Period 4 - 628 weeks
Research MasterSecond year, period 2 - 6 

32 weeks
* shorter if combined with a clinical internship

Forensic MasterSecond year, period 1 - 6  

 


Requirements to start the research internship

The Research Internship can only be started when at least 8 credits of the compulsory courses have been obtained of the modules offered in periods 1 and 2. In addition, certain Research Internships may require that practical or skills training(s) have been completed.

The first step is filling out the online application form. See 'Timelines and deadlines' for more information.

 

ProgrammeRRequirements to start
Forensic Master
 
• At least 60 credits have been attained during the programme.
1Y Master
 
• At least 8 credits of the core courses have been obtained of the modules offered in periods 1 and 2
• A pass for Academic Skills (period 3) or equivalent for WOP.
• In addition, certain Research Internships may require that practical or skills training(s) have been completed.
 

Research Master
Neuropsychology

• At least 60 credits have been attained during the programme;
• This must include the courses Advanced Statistics I and II.
Research Master Psychopathology
 
• At least 60 credits have been attained during the programme;
• This must include the courses Advanced Statistics I and II.

 

Aims of the research internship

Students of the master programs of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, are required to conduct a research internship that involves planning, conducting, and analyzing the results of the student’s own research project. This work will result in an individually written Master’s thesis.

Planning
In this research project, the full empiric cycle must be followed. The student comes up with his/ her own research question; in case of a duo internship, both students should formulate and investigate their own research question.

In case of participation in ongoing research, the student (ideally) also formulates his/ her own research question. The research question must be a scientific question that can be answered with the research project. Research projects can be both qualitative and quantitative in nature.

The research topic is preferably matching with the content of the student’s mastertrack. Although this is not a requirement, it seems more logical for the student’s curriculum vitae to investigate a topic within the realm of the chosen master track.

Conducting
The extent of the internship should be in proportion to the amount of credits (EC)  1 EC = 28 hours.

Students preferably test (real) participants; this is also to the student’s advantage, as he/ she will be able to get in touch with the future work field. In case this is not possible, the data must be at least originating from participants (such as in research with databases, questionnaire research, existing image and sound material). In case this is not possible (e.g., in case of a meta–analysis), more emphasis must be put on one or more other parts of the empirical cycle (e.g., more advanced statistics, and/ or more background/ introduction to the topic, leading to the research question).

The number of participants is preferably related to the power calculation in the research, but should not be a leading criterion for a good research internship. The number of participants should be scientifically valuable yet also practically doable within the time frame of the internship. This accounts for a minimum amount of participants, but also for a maximum amount of participants. The number of participants can be adjusted downward – if requested by circumstances -­‐ but not upward. The research proposal plays an important part here: in this proposal (which must be assessed by both supervisors prior to the data collection) the estimated number of participants will be specified and can be discussed.

Analyzing
Statistics should be in concordance with the research design: students must be able to answer the research question/ hypotheses with corresponding, adequate statistical methods. Accordingly, different methods are used in qualitative and quantitative research, respectively.


 
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