Start your writing assignment

Thing to consider before you hand in your writing assignment application*:

  • Choose if you want to write a literature review or a research proposal.
  • Choose a writing assignment topic within the scope of your Master’s programme.
  • Choose a topic that is clearly distinct from the topic(s) of the research project(s).
  • Find an examiner and second reviewer for your writing assignment
  • Ask for approval from your programme coordinator and the Board of Examiners.

*Note: students from the master's programme CSDB participate in a pilot of which the entire writing assignment procedure is digitized. More information can be found here.

The quality and suitability of your writing assignment will be assessed by your Master’s programme coordinator and the Board of Examiners (BoE). You need to follow the steps below in order for them to process your request:

  • Fill in the General application form*
  • Ask the approval (signature) of your Master’s programme coordinator
  • Email the application form (PDF) to the Master’s Administration Office (for BioMedical students: infobms@umcutrecht.nl and for BetaScience students: Science.gsls@uu.nl ) at least 20 working days before the start of your writing assignment. 
  • Only digital forms (as a PDF via email) will be accepted.This is done before the start of your the assignment. The BoE will assess the application and within two weeks you will receive an approval email by one of the research project coordinators.  You can only start with your writing assignment after you have received an approval email.

*Note: students from the master's programme CSDB participate in a pilot of which the entire writing assignment procedure is digitized. More information can be found here.

External writing assignments, for example at non-university institutes or abroad, require signing of an additional contract, the GSLS Internship contract. More information about external writing assignments is available here.