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Degree project

The degree project is an individual research project that you carry out in a research group, company or government body. It marks the end of your bachelor's or master's programme and is required to be able to apply for a degree certificate. A bachelor's project is 15 or 30 ETCS credits, while the master's project can be 60, 45 or 30 ETCS credits. For master's projects it is recommended to choose 60 credits, as you have time to really immerse yourself in your project and become more independent, experience that will be helpful for a future career. 

The degree project for bachelor's or master's programmes is should preferrably be applied for through antagning.se (admissions) at the normal time. However, if a suitable project is found with short notice, or you want to do it over the summer, then it is possible to apply for doing a degree project according to the instructions on this website. Please note that it is only possible to apply for a degree project through this website as part of a bachelor's or master's programme in chemistry, not as an individual course. 

Being accepted for these courses is conditional on you fulfilling the entry requirements (as stated in the syllabus for each course, which you find under degree project courses in the menu) and that you secure the place where the project will be carried out yourself. 

Application

All degree projects, both for bachelor's and master's level, should in the normal case be applied for through antagning.se. If you are admitted to a programme then it is important that you log in with your student ID and apply for the degree project within your programme.

The application deadline is usually the 15th of April for the autumn semester and the 15th of October for spring.

If you want to do your degree project over the summer, or with short notice, you apply like this:

  • Contact Sophie Manner to make sure that you fulfill all entry requirements for the course you want to apply for.
  • Contact a suitable research group to arrange doing the project there and discuss a plan for carrying it out. Your should have a supervisor and an examiner. Of the project is being carried out outside the Department of chemistry you will need a supervisor where you are carrying out the project and an examiner at the Department of chemistry.
  • When you are done with the above points you fill out a registration form (see right column, below for mobile), where Sophie Manner will confirm that you fulfill the entry requirements. The registration form should then be signed by the examiner and handed in to the student office.
  • If you are doing the degree project over the summer you will need to hand in the registration form no later than the 15th of June. 

Finding a degree project

Degree projects at Lund University

Most divisions at the Department of chemistry offer the opportunity to do a degree project there, several of them have information or advertisements about degree projects on their webpage. Find out what different divisions and research groups work with and contact them about the possibility of doing a degree project there. To just go knock on someone's door may feel difficult, but it is often the best way of finding a degree project.

Research centres at the Department of chemistry (each centre has further links to the divisions they are comprised of)

Degree project at a company or government body

On the Lund University job and career portal you can find national and international degree projects outside academia. 

Lund University job and career portal - MyCareer

Project structure and assessment

The degree project is a research project that is carried out in a research group or at a company or government body. It should involve experiments, simulations or other collection of data, as well as limited literature study that serves to familiarise yourself with the area of chemistry you are working within. Degree projects are individual and it is not possible to do/write it as a pair or group. For your degree project you have a supervisor, which helps you by teaching you methods and giving you feedback on your written report, and an examiner that is responsible for grading at the end of the course. 

The degree project is assessed by a written report and an oral presentation. The assessment criteria are described in the relevant assessment protocol, as well as in the syllabus for the relevant course, that can be found under Degree project courses in the menu. When the degree project is finished and has been passed the filled in and signed assessment protocol should be handed in to the Student office. 

Read other degree projects

To get a feel for what a degree project can look like and see examples of previous projects it may be a good idea to read degree projects by former students. Lund University has its own database where you can search for published degree projects that have been carried out here: 

LUP Student Papers

For degree projects carried out at other universities and colleges in Sweden you can search the national library system, LIBRIS:

Uppsök

Publish your own degree project

You register your degree project in LUP student papers yourself. At the Chemical centre library webpage you can find a detailed description on how to do this.

LUP student papers

The Chemical centre library - registering your degree project in LUP

Research projects and special courses

Students admitted to a bachelor's or master's programme in chemistry have the opportunity to a research project or special course. They can be options during semesters where you for some reason can not fill your whole semester with courses, for example because you lack certain entry requirements due to a reexam that is lagging behind. The research project is 15 ETCS credits for bachelor's students and 15 or 30 ETCS credits for master's students och is carried out in a research group at the Department of chemistry. The special course is only available at the master's level, is 7.5 or 15 ETCS credits and is a literature project carried out in one area of chemistry in consultation with a research group. You do not apply for these courses through universityadmissions.se, but do so directly to the administration here at the Department of chemistry (see instructions below). 

Your admittance to the above mentioned courses is conditional you fulfilling the entry requirements (as stated in the syllabus for each course, which you find under degree project courses in the menu) and that you secure the place where the project will be carried out yourself. 

It is not possible to apply for a research project or special course as an individual course. 

Application

Follow the instructions for applying for a degree project above. You can not do research projects or special courses outside the Department of chemistry.  

Project structure and assessment

The details regarding implementation and assessment are described in the syllabus for each course, to be found under degree project courses in the menu.

Generally a research project should contain experiements and a small literature study, while the special course is purely a literature study focusing on one area of chemistry. Both are assessed by a written report and an oral presentation.  

The assessment critera are described in the relevant assessment protocol. When the research project or special course is finished and has been passed the examiner should hand in the filled in and signed assessment protocol to the Student office.