The Master Project is the place in the study where scientific and
professional skills are trained most extensively. The Master Project
will always involve an element of originality or creativity, for
example in performing a design task or in contributing to the solution
or the analysis of a scientific problem. Other important elements of
the Master Project are the cooperation with professionals and possibly
with other students, planning the project, and documenting and
presenting the final results.
The Master project concludes the Master programme. It is either in the
form of a graduation project in one of the research groups of the
Department of Computer Science of the VU or the Informatics
Institute of the University of Amsterdam, or as an internship in a
company. In most cases, it will be performed as an individual project
but it can be a group project as well.
Form of tuition
The Master Project has always to be supervised by a staff member of the
Department of Computer Science of the VU or the Institute of the
of Amsterdam. In the case of an internship, supervision will be in
with a supervisor at the company. Internships proposed by the student
or herself need advance approval from a member of staff, who will become
the project supervisor.
Type of assessment
The final grade will be based on the quality of the research, the
written thesis and an oral presentation. In the case of a group project,
students have to write individual theses and give individual oral
presentations, demonstrating their individual proficiency.
The student must have completed (almost) all other courses of the Master
For additional information and procedural rules we refer to the website
of Faculty of Sciences of VU University.
There, you will also find links to the web pages of the research groups
of the Department of Computer Science (VU) and the Informatics Institute
(UvA), with options for master projects.
For company internships, useful documentation can be found on
the website of the Internship Office.