Syllabus for Degree Project in Biology

Examensarbete i biologi


  • 60 credits
  • Course code: 1BG358
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2019-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-13
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree, and in addition at least 30 credits of courses in biology at Master's level, including courses at Master's level that are necessary for the project. Admission requires a project plan accepted by the department. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • demonstrate deep knowledge in an individually chosen field of biology
  • search and in a critical way interpret and compile relevant scientific literature
  • design a research plan describing a scientific question, the plannedscientific study and selection of appropriate methods
  • carry out the study, interpret and evaluate results, and if applicable, generate testable hypotheses to explain the observations, within given time frames
  • present the results with a correct and relevant language for different target groups both in scientific and in popular form
  • give constructive criticism to others' texts in the main field of study


An individual assignment is carried out, where the knowledge from previously completed courses is applied. The work is carried out under guidance of a supervisor in close connection with ongoing research or development projects.

To achieve the aims, the student should

  • under supervision and according to instruction delimit a scientific question and compile a research plan, i.e. search, evaluate and compile information relevant to the chosen research question
  • scientifically analyse the research question, interpret and evaluate the results as well as present the work orally and in writing
  • participate actively in seminars and other activities at the workplace where the work is carried out
  • comment and give constructive criticism (act as an opponent) on other students' projects

Module 1: Planning 5 credits

Module 2: Midterm report 25 credits

Module 3: Final report 30 credits


The teaching is designed individually depending on the specialisation of the project. Supervision is given individually or in groups.


Module 1 is assessed by the presentation of a complete research plan to the supervisor. Module 2 is assessed by the presentation of an oral and/or written report. Module 3 through oral and written final reports. To pass, a passed oral and written presentation of the degree project is required. The written final report should consist of a scientific report, a popular summary and a summary in English. To pass, the student should also have acted as an opponent on another degree project in the same main field of study.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Determined individually after consultation with the student.