Guidelines

CONTACT

The coordinator for the degree projects within the master programmes in bioinformatics and molecular biotechnology is Lena Henriksson. She can be reached by mail:

Lena.Henriksson@ibg.uu.se

PREPARATION

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.

Find a project offer

REGISTRATION

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.

After that you contact the coordinator. 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 the coordinator 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 coordinator 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 the coordinator to book a time (current presentation days). The purpose of the presentation is to give the coordinator 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 you should show an updated time-schedule.

It is important that you in good time book a time for the final presentation to ensure that the subject reader can be there, which is a requirement!

OPPOSITION

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 the coordinator to announce who you will oppose on.

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 that describe what the report should contain, how it should look and be put together. You should use the template in Microsoft Word format 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. Also send it to the coordinator along with the updated learning outcome form. Ask both the supervisor and the subject reader to email the coordinator if they think that the report is basically finished and in such good condition that it can be presented and opposed. The report is run through Urkund to check for plagiarism. The result is sent to both you and the 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.

FINAL PRESENTATION

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/coordinator, opponent and subject reader are present.

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 coordinator in PDF-format. The coordinator will then read the report and possibly give further comments.

DiVA

When the report is approved by the coordinator, you will be asked to upload it to DiVA, see the instructions. Do not forget to enter IBG as department!

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS

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.

BOUND COPIES

The coordinator will bind 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.

COURSE EVALUATION

The coordinator 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

After completing the degree project, it may be time to apply for the masters degree.

Good luck!