Complex Molecular Systems (CMS) Programs for Master Students

The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) offers master students a challenging education programs that aims at preparing you for a successful career in research. Taking part in one of these programs will equip you with skills that are essential in an interdisciplinary research environment. In addition you will be connected to the ICMS expert community. This program is complementary to other TU/e education programs and after successful completion you will receive a certificate. Deadline for submission is15 September 2017.

Programs Outline


Two-year program (20 cp); start in the 1st year of the master

One-year program (12,5 cp); start  in the 2nd year of the master

Scientific skills (8I030)*

2,5 cp 

2,5 cp

ICMS lectures 1 (8I040)

2,5 cp

2,5 cp


10 cp  

5 cp

ICMS lectures 2 (8I050)

2,5 cp 

Not applicable

Master thesis Communication (8I060)

2,5 cp

2,5 cp

*This course is given in English and is scheduled in Quartile 3, February 2018.


2,5 cp Scientific skills (8I030)
This course will be given in English and focuses on gaining practical skills and a deeper insight into a number of aspects related to performing research in an academic or industry environment, including setting up a research plan, performing literature searches, understanding the process of peer review and writing/publishing articles, obtaining insight in scientific integrity issues, and giving presentations. One session in this course will focus on skills that are essential in an industrial environment. PDeng, PhD and Master students will participate in this course. Assignments will be tuned to the level of the participants; in other words the assignments of master students will differ from the assignments for PhD and PDeng students.

2,5 cp ICMS lectures 1 (8I040) & ICMS lectures 2 (8I050))
The student attends 10 scientific lectures that have been organized by ICMS and at the end of the academic year submits a document that includes a take-home-message of max. three lines per lecture and a question that you have asked, or could have asked to the speaker of max. three lines per lecture. The chosen lectures should reflect an interdisciplinary selection. Students of the two-year program follow lectures in their first year (ICMS Lectures 1) as well as in their second year (ICMS Lectures 2) of the program.

10 cp Electives
Students follow two or more courses from other departments to train the ability to understand research outside of your own field of expertise. The courses should be worth at least10 cp.

5 cp Electives
Students follow two or more courses from other departments to train the ability to understand research outside of your own field of expertise. The courses should be worth at least 5 cp.

2,5 cp Master thesis communication (8I060)
The student writes a communication in a scientific paper format (under the guidance of the supervisor) that translates the contents of the master thesis to a broader scientific audience. The topics chosen by the student within the program should preferably reflect an interdisciplinary nature. The format follows
Nature Communications and the length (including figures) should not exceed three pages. The students can submit their paper (including advice of the supervisor on the grade) to Cindy Plompen.

Admission requirements

  • A list with your grades obtained within the bachelor program (minimum average 7,5 out of 10) and a letter of recommendation by your supervisor or professor.
  • Successful admission to a TU/e master degree program in Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry or Mathematics & Computer Science.
  • Interest in working in a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English.

To apply for the CMS program, please send a motivation letter, your Curriculum Vitae, a letter/email of recommendation (max. ½ A4) by your supervisor or professor and a list with your grades obtained within the bachelor program to Cindy Plompen ( Deadline for submission is 15 September 2017. After your submission we will contact you soonest to inform you on your admission to the course. 


  • Submit the Registration Form to José Janssen (student administration BME).
  • Design your study program (with the help of your supervisor or professor) and submit your program via the Form Study Program to Cindy Plompen ( After approval of the exam committee you are ready to start.

Finishing the CMS program
After completion of the program inform José Janssen timely that you have finished your study program. This will be submitted to the exam committee for official approval. If successful, the student administration will prepare the certificate, which will be handed to you during the diploma ceremony of the department.


Contact Persons:


Cindy Plompen

Phone: +31 (0) 40 247 5074



Student administration

José Janssen

Phone: +31 (0) 40 247 5443