Start to supervise BSc & MSc thesis students

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
24 November 2023 09:00 12:00 Schaik, Marieke van 14 / 14 Registration ended at 24/10/2023
15 December 2023 09:00 12:00 Schaik, Marieke van 16 / 16 Registration ended at 15/11/2023
19 January 2024 09:00 12:00 Schaik, Marieke van 14 / 14 Add to waiting list
16 February 2024 09:00 12:00 Schaik, Marieke van 7 / 14 Apply
14 March 2024 09:00 12:00 Meg Hayne 3 / 14 Apply
19 April 2024 09:00 12:00 Meg Hayne 2 / 12 Apply
24 May 2024 09:00 12:00 Meg Hayne 0 / 12 Apply

Course description

Workshop Description

The thesis is the final subject of the BSc and MSc programme and an important individual project for a student. Due to the importance and size of the project, the meetings between supervisor and student are often more intense and personal compared to those contacts in other workshops/courses.

Students expect certain behaviour of their supervisor, but the supervisor also has expectations of his/her student. Questions about responsibilities for supervisor and student arise. In this 2,5 hour workshop you will be provided with some general information about supervising thesis students at Wageningen University and discuss good practices, expectations, basic skills. Furthermore there will be room for questions.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop:

  • You are informed about supervising BSc & MSc thesis students
  • You have discovered the role of supervisor
  • You can explain some basic supervising skills

Target group & Prerequisites

The workshop is meant for teaching staff, Postdocs and PhD‘s who are not supervising thesis students yet, but are about to, at Wageningen University. So the workshop is only open for supervisors at the start of their supervising thesis students and who need some extra information and sharing about the do’s and don’ts. This workshop is an introduction to supervising. If you want a follow-up once you started supervising at least two students, we recommend the two-day course Supervising BSc and MSc thesis students.


You can find basic information on our intranet page. 

None required, the hand-out of the presentation will be sent afterwards.


None. This course is not part of the UTQ programme.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching WU courses.