For those of you who want to start your degree project in period 2: Please send in the project plan by the 14th of October.
For those of you who want to start your degree project in period 3: Please send in the project plan by the 22nd of November and a complete application by the 10th of January 2022. Thank you!
The coordinator for the degree projects within the master programmes in bioinformatics and molecular biotechnology is Lena Henriksson. Examiners are Pascal Milesi and Fabien Burki. They can be reached by mail:
In order to make sure you know the requirements for your degree project, read through all the information available on this page and read the guidelines and instructions for degree projects within the technical programs at Uppsala University.
For insurance reasons it is very important that you are registered before you start your degree project!
When you have found a project and a potential supervisor you send a request together with the document duties and responsibilities of the supervisor. If the supervisor accepts, the two of you write a project plan.
Try to do this well in advance before the start of the course! The processing time is normally 3 weeks from the time the project plan is sent in until you become registered. The reason for this is that several different people are involved in the processing of a degree project application and none of these have it as their main task. An advice for speeding up the registration is that you and the supervisor, in the project plan, suggest a subject reader.
Send the project plan to Lena who will put you in contact with your examiner. Together, you will go through the project plan and discuss a suitable subject reader. When you contact the subject reader, also send the document duties and responsibilities of the subject reader. If the subject reader accepts, the two of you fill in the learning outcome for degree projects form.
In some cases, a contract can be established between you as a student and the supervisor/project owner. This should be done before the application is submitted, so be sure to discuss this early with Lena, the examiner and the supervisor. Note that confidentiality agreements cannot be signed for work carried out at Uppsala University or at another university/college or government agency.
After all the above is done, make sure that you, the supervisor and subject reader fill in the application form(print as double page). Then you send it to the examiner along with the project plan and the learning outcome form.
BOOKING OF HALFTIME AND FINAL PRESENTATION
About halfway into the project, it is time for the half time presentation (for projects of 30 and 45 hp). Contact Lena to book a time (current presentation days). The purpose of the presentation is to give the teachersr a chance to see how the work is progressing and how you as a student are treated at the workplace. 20 minutes are set aside for each presentation; 10 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion/questions. During the presentation we would like you to give a brief background, describe what you have done so far and how it went, and show an updated time schedule. There is no requirement for the opponent, supervisor or subject reader to be present, but they are warmly welcomed.
It is important that you in good time book a time for the final presentation (this can be done as soon as you are registered and the presentation dates are posted on the website) to ensure that the subject reader can be there, which is a requirement!
One of the steps required for passing the course is that you critically examine another student's report and presentation. Other students doing their projects right now, can be found in the following Gantt chart. You have the responsibility to find someone to oppose on, and find your own opponent. Contact Lena to announce who you will oppose on. (NOTE: There is no requirement to have a student opponent in order to pass the course, but it is strongly recommended. If necessary, it is also possible for 2 students to oppose the same work.)
The opposition is performed both orally and in writing. At the presentation you take up the most important aspects, while in the written opposition you are able to provide more detailed comments and suggestions. To prepare yourself, read tips for opposition. Send your written comments directly after the presentation, with a copy to the coordinator.
THE WRITTEN REPORT
Start in time with the writing! Good tips are available in the booklet Presenting science and on the web page on reference management. There is an instruction on how to download and install IBGs style in Zotero. There is also a report template with instructions (updated 2020-11-18) that describe what the report should contain, how it should look and be put together. You should use the template in Microsoft Word format (updated 2020-11-18) as a template for the report to meet the requirements of the layout. You generate a title page for your report online.
Take support from the supervisor and subject reader in the writing process – they are both experts at scientific writing. If you feel you need extra support with the writing you can contact the language workshop.
BEFORE THE FINAL PRESENTATION
One week before the final presentation day, you should send the report to the opponent and Lena. Ask both the supervisor and the subject reader to email Lena if they think that the report is basically finished and in such good condition that it can be presented and opposed. Lena runs the report through Urkund to check for plagiarism. The result is sent to both you, the examiner, supervisor and subject reader.
If you have invited many friends or colleagues to the presentation, please warn Lena so that there will be enough coffee and tea.
60 minutes are set aside for each presentation; 30 minutes for the presentation, 15 minutes for discussion and questions and 15 minutes for rounding off and follow-up. It is a requirement that the examiner and subject reader are present. And preferably the student opponent!
Go through the learning outcome form with the subject reader and send the reviced form to Lena.
AFTER THE FINAL PRESENTATION
When you have taken the opponent's comments into account and the subject reader has approved the report you send it to the examiner in PDF-format. The examiner will then read the report and possibly give further comments.
When the report is approved by the examiner, you will be asked to upload it to DiVA, see the instructions. Do not forget to enter IBG as department!
If the report is confidential, we want you to fill in the following certificate so that the coordinator knows how you want the report to be archived in DiVA after the confidentiality agreement has expired.
The coordinator will provide you with four copies of the report (one for the supervisor, one for the subject reader and two for you) and notify you when they are available to be picked up at the EBC.
Lena will notify you when you are reported as passed on your degree project.You will then receive a link to the course evaluation that we really would love for you to fill in to help in our development of the course.
After completing the degree project, it may be time to apply for the masters degree.