Minor research project

The minor research project is intended to teach students to independently perform a research project of 14 weeks (20 EC). Upon completion of the project, you should be able to set up valid experiments, to draw conclusions from the results and to present your results in a concise form. Your research thesis should be formatted like a journal paper.

Research projects can be performed internally (at the Image Sciences Institute or at another department of the UMC Utrecht) or you can go to another hospital, a research institute (e.g. NKI, TNO) or to a company (e.g. Philips Healthcare, Pie Medical), all of those either in the Netherlands or abroad.

All information regarding the minor research project can be found on the GSLS Study Guide. Below, we highlight some Medical Imaging specific details.

Start your research project

Make sure to read the Study Guide – Start you research project pages. Contact the programme coordinator at least two months prior to the start of your minor research project. Consider what you want to do (topic) and where you want to perform your project (UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands, abroad; academia or industry).

You will need a supervisor to guide you. If you have a topic in mind and you know whom to approach for it, feel free to ask that person to be your supervisor. If you have a good idea of some topics that interest you, but you do not know who could be a supervisor for those topics, contact us.

Duration, extension, and delay

Make sure to read the Study Guide – Duration, extension and delay pages. The duration of the minor research project is 14 weeks (20 EC) and optionally extended with 6, 9, or 12 EC.

Going abroad

Make sure to read the Study Guide – Going abroad pages. The researchers affiliated with the Medical Imaging programme have numerous international collaborations. Contact us if you would like to perform your minor project in a specific country, or international institute or company. Start at least 6 – 9 months in advance.

Interim assessment

Make sure to read the Study Guide – Interim Assessment pages. Additionally: you should send a copy of the interim assessment to mix@isi.uu.nl and for longer projects (five months or longer) we would like to receive an interim assessment and Progress Report every two months.

Final assessment

Make sure to read the Study Guide – Final assessment pages. Your research thesis must be formatted like a journal paper, with a length between 8 – 12 pages. We advise you to use the IEEE (LaTeX or Word) template for this.

Your concluding presentation will be given at the Image Sciences Institute, for which all researchers and other Medical Imaging students are invited. The presentation is to last about 20 minutes (25 minutes maximum), followed by questions from the assessment committee and the audience.

To arrange this presentation, contact the education coordinator at least two weeks in advance. Include an abstract of your project, which will be used in the announcement of your presentation.

Read the Study Guide in case of changes to your examiner, second reviewer, supervisor or host institute and contact us.