Research Training in Biology, 10/15/20 c

Programme: Master programme in biology/applied biotechnology
Level: Advanced
Credits: 10, 15 or 20 c
Course syllabus: 1BG363 (10 c), 1BG364 (15 c) or 1BG365 (20 c)

Research training is an individual course that in principle can be performed at any time of the year. The aim of the course/courses is to give an insight into research and development - how it is organized and implemented in practical terms.

Optional places for Research training are research departments and institutions, companies or authorities within relevant subject areas. You get an opportunity to follow and to take part in the practical work. As opposed to when you do a project work or a degree project, you are not expected to have a distinct project of your own. Instead you may work with several different things in order to get a complete picture of the place where you perform your Research training. As part of the course you and your supervisor chose literature that covers a theory section from a relevant subject area. You then get to study and learn this theory. You and your supervisor also agree on how to make use of the literature for your work and for a minor examination. Furthermore, you are expected to give a short oral presentation as well as establish a written report for the training period.

Research training is usually done before the degree project and can thus form the basis from which you as a student can identify a suitable degree project or even a future work area! It can also be a nice opportunity to try if you are interested in doing academic research.

For more information about Research training in biology, please contact:
Fredrik Sundström (

For more information about Research training in applied biotechnology, please contact: Margareta Krabbe (Margareta

Research training - instructions

Standard routines

The instructions for the course are found here – the document contains most of what you need to know in practical terms. Please use the provided template when preparing the title page for your report.

Title page template

Course instructions

Presenting Science


IBG-students: Fill out the form together with your supervisor. Sign and hand in the application, along with your academic transcripts and a short plan for the work, to the coordinator of the course at IBG. Contact the coordinator with your application well in advance to the intended course start in order to allow time for possible necessary changes and complementations. You will not be registered for the course based on a sub-optimal application even if you are in a rush.

Eligibility for the course Research training requires 120 hp (higher education credits) containing either 60 hp biology as well as 30hp chemistry or 30 hp earth science or 90 hp biology.

You are not allowed to commence the course until you have been admitted and registered. Coordinator, supervisor and student jointly decide on the time period during which the course is to be carried out.

The supervisor should read "Instructions for supervisors" before he/she signs the application form.

Application form

Instructions to supervisor

Research training abroad

Important! Make sure you have an insurance which covers also your time abroad. Contact Eva Damm for more information and help with this procedure (

Supervisors certificate and opinions

After the student has finished the Research training, the supervisor fills out and signs the below certificate and supplies detailed opinions about the students performance. These are sent to the course coordinator in order to, along with the written report, form the basis for final assessment.

Supervisors certificate and opinions


Plagiarism is a growing problem within higher education. To counteract this we require that possible written reports from most courses be analysed by the service Urkund. This applies also to the Research training. In practical terms this is done by sending the final report (as a pdf or possibly word file) as an attachment to an e-mail. The specific Urkund mail address you will obtain from the coordinator. The document will thus pass the Urkund database and possible copied pieces of text will be found by comparison to the extensive Urkund text database.

So, please do not send the document directly to the coordinators regular e-mail address but to the alternative Urkund address provided towards the end of your project.

NB! Important exception: If your supervisor considers the report confidential you should not send it via Urkund!

If anything is unclear, please read the additional information provided below. If things are still unclear, contact the coordinator. A few resolute examples that may serve as a guide if you are in doubt are provided in Examples. Please also consult your supervisor when hesitant.

Urkund plagiarism handbook

IBG plagiarism handbook

Course evaluation

We appreciate if you give some feedback for the course and its organisation. Here is a form for supplying your course evaluation.

Course evaluation