Master's Degree Project in Infection Biology

45 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 3MK011

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Infection Biology A2E, Medical Science A2E
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Master Programmes Board of the Faculty of Medicine, 22 January 2020
Responsible department
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

General provisions

The master project in infection biology is a degree project at the Master's Programme in infection biology.

Entry requirements

Minimum 60 credits of courses within the Master's Programme in Infection Biology or the equivalent. This corresponds to in-depth knowledge of the biological mechanisms regulating infectious processes, how infections are diagnosed and treated and knowledge of microbial epidemiology and evolution. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • search, critically evaluate and compile scientific literature of relevance to the project
  • participate in planning of a scientific study including delimitation of a scientific problem and selection of appropriate methods for analysis to perform the study within a given time frame
  • practically carry out, evaluate, interpret and document results of a scientific study
  • consider the social and ethical aspects of both the project and the results obtained, and the possible consequences these can lead to
  • in an understandable way, orally and in writing, present and discuss a scientific investigation


The course consists of an independent advanced assignment and is carried out individually under supervision. Theoretical and methodological knowledge from completed courses of the Master programme in Infection Biology should be applied, broadened and deepened from a scientific perspective. The work implies literature search, project planning/performance, critical analyses of own results and scientific literature of relevance and also oral and written presentation. Students performing research at a department / corresponding are expected to participate in the department's / research group's regular seminars.

Following tasks are included in the project work

  • written project plan including a time schedule
  • practical implementation of the project plan
  • written report on obtained results
  • oral presentations, including defence and discussion of the work
  • popular science presentation at a poster session
  • written critical analysis of another student's written report


To pass the course it is demanded that the

  • examiner approved the above listed assignments and that these are reported in accordance with the instructions
  • supervisor has assessed the practical work as well as oral and written scientific presentations, and that these have been carried out in accordance with the project plan and within the time for the project
  • student attended other fellow students' final presentation

​For registration of completed course you should publish and archive, or alternatively only archive, your thesis in the digital scientific archive (DiVA) according to specific instructions.

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 University's disability coordinator.