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

Research Project

  • BINP35 Bioinformatics: Research Project 7.5 cr (5 weeks)
  • BINP37 Bioinformatics: Research Project 15 cr (10 weeks)
  • BINP39 Bioinformatics: Research Project 30 cr (20 weeks)

The project should be presented as a scientific report in English and as a seminar either at the place of work or at the Department of Biology (only compulsory for 15 and 30 cr Research projects).

Applied work

  • BINP36 Bioinformatics: Applied work 7,5 cr (5 weeks)
  • BINP38 Bioinformatics: Applied work 15 cr (10 weeks)

To complete the course an internship report should be written. The report should be brief and it should not exceed 10 pages. It should contain a description of the various tasks performed, and a summary your results and experiences from the work. If the work was performed outside Lund University a description of the workplace should be included.

For more information please contact: Lotta Persmark


Before the start

  1. Check with the study advisor Lotta Persmark, to ensure that you fulfill the requirements to start a degree project.
  2. Contact a supervisor within the area of your interest and discuss the general outline of the project. Before proceeding, you should show your CV and LADOK excerpt to the supervisor. Note that the project can be conducted outside the university, e.g. at a company. If you do not find what you want, your Master’s programme coordinator will give advice.
  3. Write a project plan together with your supervisor when you have decided about a project. The plan should be brief, but give a clear description of your specific project (2–3 A4 pages). It should contain:
    • Project title
    • Name and e-mail addresses to you and the supervisor
    • Topic, time, and number of credits
    • Introduction, with theoretical background to the project and key references
    • The specific aim(s) of your project
    • Methods
    • Time plan (rough planning of the project). Remember to include time for writing of the report and preparations for the seminar.
  4. Fill in the registration form (pdf) Lotta Persmark will confirm that you are eligible to start the project by adding a signature on the registration form. You and your supervisor should also sign the form, and after that the coordinator, Björn Canbäck. Hand in the registration form around 2 weeks before the start of the project to Lotta Persmark. Note also that if you are going to perform your project during the summer you must register before the 15th of June.
  5. If you do the project abroad you must have an insurance. Lotta Persmark at the Education office will help you with that.

During the project

  1. Carefully document your work. You should document your work systematically in a README file. With the aid of the README file you or another person should be able to recreate the current results from the original data. The README file may be used in the final examination and grading of your project. You should submit the README file together with the final report (see below).
  2. If something is not working the way you would like it to, e.g. problems with your supervisor, contact Lotta Persmark or Björn Canbäck as soon as possible. The earlier we address a problem the sooner it can be solved.
  3. You should participate in group meetings, seminars, etc that may be arranged in the group or at the department where you are working.
  4. It is advisable to start writing the report as soon as possible. Parts of the introduction and materials & methods can be written in parallel with your practical/theoretical work.

The report

  1. The project shall be presented as a scientific report in English. The format of your report should follow the instructions on how to write manuscripts for PLOS One. Author instructions are found here. Discuss with your supervisor whether your report may deviate from these instructions. Your final report can be in manuscript form or you may choose a layout that is more similar to a printed paper.
  2. Plagiarism. You are not allowed to present someone else’s work, such as text, figures or results, without giving proper reference. You may of course refer to the works of others, but you must write about it in your own words and refer to the source of information in a correct way. To prevent plagiarism, all project reports are sent to "Urkund", a program that uses internet/databases to scan a report for plagiarized text. Your text is also added to the database, which prevents the contents of your report to be plagiarized by someone else in the future. See below, under "Submission of report" how this is done.

The examination

  1. The examination: Björn Canbäck will act as examiner or appoint another examiner within the Department of Biology. The supervisor, will take part in the discussion, but not in the decision. If the supervisor is not present, the examiner will contact the supervisor for his or her opinion.
  2. Date, time and location for the seminar is decided by the examiner after consulting with the examination committee and the student.
  3. Submission of thesis. At least one week before the seminar, you should submit your completed thesis to the examiner via the URKUND system using the e-mail address below. This is the version of the thesis on which the examination will be based. Send the report and summary to the examiner: bjorn [dot] canback [dot] lu [at] analys [dot] urkund [dot] se. You simply attach the report and summary (preferrably as an PDF) in the mail. 
  4. Seminar. At the examination, you will give a presentation (about 10-15 min). After your presentation, the examiner will ask you questions and discuss your report and project, and thereafter the audience will be invited to ask questions. 
  5. Grades Projects are graded according to the criteria found here (pdf).
    To reach the grade Pass with distinction (Väl Godkänt) the time-frame for the project should not have been exceeded with more than 20 %. If the degree project does not fulfil the requirements for “Pass” (Godkänd), the student will be given instructions about how to improve the work to reach the grade “Pass”.

All forms, templates and guidelines

Page Manager:

Study coordinator

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor
Education office

Telehone: +46 46-222 37 28
E-mail: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se