Biology Education Centre

Project work in Biology 10/15/30 c

Programme: Master programme in biology/applied biotechnology
Level: Advanced
Credits: 10, 15 or 30 c
Course syllabus: 1BG366 (10 c), 1BG367 (15 c) or 1BG368 (30 c)

Project work is a relatively flexible individual course that in principle can be performed at any time of the year. The aim of the course/courses is to give an opportunity to delve deeper into a subject, but also to give insight into and basic knowledge about how project work is pursued. You get the opportunity to, under supervision, as far as possible independently plan, implement and present a delimited work in project format.

Optional places for Project work are research departments and institutions, companies or authorities within relevant subject areas. It can be done in the form of general investigation, research or development work. During the course you are expected to 1) delimit and plan for the intended project, 2) search for, evaluate and critically compile already available information in the field, 3) chose appropriate methods for your survey, 4) carry out your investigation as well as interpret and evaluate the obtained results, 5) in a relevant way, orally and in writing, present the obtained results.

Project work is usually done before the degree project and can thus form a 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 pursuing academic research.

For more information about Project work in biology, please contact:
Fredrik Sundström (

For more information about Project work in applied biotechnology, please contact: Margareta Krabbe (Margareta

Instructions for project work

 Standard routines

The course instructions are found here and contain most of what you need to know in practical terms. You also find useful information in "Presenting Science". Use the template provided when preparing the title page for your report. Thanks!

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 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 Project work 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

Project work 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 Project work, 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 Project work. 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.

Note! 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