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Academische vaardigheden: General Research Skills


Admission requirements

A signed research project agreement must be showed at the start of the research project.


General Research Skills (GRS) will refresh and extend relevant topics to the bachelor research project. During General Research Skills, aspects of scientific research, from formulating a research question to analysing data and reporting on the results, will be addressed. GRS is integrated with the bachelor research project in which some topics discussed in GRS keep pace with the timing of the research project.

Course Objectives

After completion of the course, students can:    
1. Apply methods discussed in previous statistics courses at a deeper level, with extensions to generalized methods and unsupervised learning, in the context of their internship. 
2. Recognize the correct definition of important concepts in statistics (false positive/negative, p-value) and can repeat the basic steps of a typical statistical analysis. 
3. Evaluate the quality of collected data. 
4. Describe the statistical methodology used.
5. Choose an appropriate statistical method from the tests and models covered during the course. 
6. Open, edit and run basic scripts in R, using RStudio, and use literate programming to compile a report that includes code, output and commentary.
7. Perform research administration to the extent that peers can reproduce their results. 
8. Collect scientific literature and perform a reproducible literature search. 
9. Write scientifically about the results of an analysis and provide an interpretation. 


From 5 February 2024 to 23 February 2024. The detailed timetable will be placed on Brightspace.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, tutorials, assignments and modules during Bachelor Research Project.

Assessment method

The final grade consists of the following partial grades:

  • Written exam and graded assignment (70%)

  • Score labjournal (15%)

  • BRP-related projects (15%)

All partial grades need to be greater than 5.5.

Reading list

An online ebook accompanying the course and a set of chapters from the Springer-link library will be published on Brightspace. These chapters can be downloaded for free using your ULCN account.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to register for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course.

Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


Coördinator: H.G.J. van Mil


Inspection and feedback on the examination: exam can be reviewed and discussed during a class session, and assignments can be reviewed in person.
Brightspace will be used for communication, Q&A, lecture summaries, screencasts, and handouts.