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Degree projects, research projects, and applied work

Degree projects

The degree project is an individual project that you do in a research group. You will get the opportunity to enter deeply into a subject that you are interested in, and get valuable experience of working with researchers.

The degree project at bachelor’s level is offered as a 15 credits course given two times a year. There is also the possibility to do a 30 cr degree project. 

At master's level, you do a 30, 45, or 60 credits degree project in a research group. The master's degree project is probably the most important course of your studies, and is often "the step to the future". 

At the end of a degree project you write a scientific report. You also give an oral presentation. 

 

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is given two times a year, during the second part of the autumn and spring term.

Short about the course

During a bachelor’s degree project, you train a number of skills, like project planning, presentation techniques, writing science, data handling, searching literature and giving feedback. The project is usually practical and you plan it together with a supervisor.

The bachelor’s degree course has a fixed start date and a number of compulsory elements and deadlines. At the end of the course, there is an oral presentation The first day of the course, you will get a project (and a supervisor) appointed. A list of project proposals is available before the start of the course. You may work on your own, but often you work together with a fellow student. However, the report and presentation is always performed individually.

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course bachelor’s degree project in the course schedule software TimeEdit.

Bachelor’s degree project on your own

There is also a possibility to do a bachelor’s degree project on your own outside the ordinary course periods. If you choose to do this, you must find a project and a supervisor by yourself. If you do the project outside Lund University, with an external supervisor, you also need a second supervisor at the Department of Biology.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about bachelor’s degree projects in biology, while Christina Ledje answers questions concerning bachelor’s degree projects in molecular biology.

Course coordinator

Bengt Hansson
Professor

Telephone: +46 46 222 49 96
Email: Bengt.Hansson@biol.lu.se

To be able to do a master’s degree project you must be enrolled in one of the master’s programmes in Bioinformatics, Biology, or Molecular biology. You should also have completed at least 45 credits of relevant advanced level courses within the programme.

Information about how to find, perform and present a Master's thesis:

Study advisors:
Lotta Persmark, Biology and Bioinformatics
Christina Ledje, Molecular Biology

At the website Lund University Student Papers, you will find completed degree projects to be inspired by.

We publish project proposals on our education blog Biology Education.

Research projects and applied work

These courses are available for students within the Bachelor’s and Master’s programme at the Department of Biology, Lund University. The courses are also open for Exchange students at our department. We encourage all our students to do internships or projects during their education. It provides valuable contacts and work experience.

If you are admitted to the master’s programme in bioinformatics, you may perform a 5, 10, or 20 weeks long project. You can carry out the project any time during the year, but only present it and be examined three times a year – at the beginning of July, the beginning of September, and in the middle of January.

Before you start a research project you must contact study advisor Lotta Persmark, who will make sure that you fulfil the requirements for starting a research project. You will also get detailed instructions on how to perform a research project in bioinformatics.

If you are admitted to the master’s programme in biology, you may perform a 5, 10, or 20 weeks long project. You can carry out the project any time during the year, full time or part time.

Before you start a research project you must contact study advisor Lotta Persmark, who will make sure that you fulfil the requirements for starting a research project. You will also get detailed instructions on how to perform a research project in biology.

If you are admitted to the master’s programme in molecular biology, you may perform a 5, 10, or 20 weeks long project. You can carry out the project any time during the year, full time or part time.

Before you start a research project you must contact study advisor Christina Ledje, who will make sure that you fulfil the requirements for starting a research project. You will also get detailed instructions on how to perform a research project in molecular biology.

If you are admitted to the master’s programme in bioinformatics, you can take an applied work course at a place of work for 5 or 10 weeks. During an internship, you follow what happens at a place of work and do the tasks your supervisor gives you. You may also do an internship to gain practical training in a field the ordinary choice of courses does not cover.

You can take the applied work course at the beginning of your education to gain insight in working life before you choose specialisation. Or you can take the course at the end of your education to make valuable contacts and gain experience.

It is up to you to find a place of work and contact a supervisor by yourself.

If you want to do an internship in bioinformatics, contact Lotta Persmark.

The courses in applied work in biology and molecular biology are given at the bachelor’s level, but they may be included in a master’s degree. You can take an applied work course at a place of work for 5, 8, 10, or 20 weeks. During an internship, you follow what happens at a place of work and do the tasks your supervisor gives you. You may also do an internship to gain practical training in a field the ordinary choice of courses does not cover.

You can take the applied work course in the beginning of your education to gain insight in working life before you choose specialisation. Or you can take the course in the end of your education to make valuable contacts and gain experience. It is also possible to do an internship abroad.

It is up to you to find a place of work and contact a supervisor by yourself.

Contact Lotta Persmark for more information about applied work courses in biology. If you are interested in applied work courses in molecular biology, please contact Christina Ledje.
 

Portrait of Christina Ledje. Photo.

Christina Ledje

Study advisor molecular biology, International coordinator

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Lotta Persmark

Study advisor biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se