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Degree Thesis and Projects in Molecular Biology

Before you begin your project work, you must make sure that you are eligible to take the course, ie has passed the courses required. We strongly recommend doing the thesis project during the last term of the programme. The next step is to find a laboratory in which to do your project work. The Guidelines for Degree Thesis, including who qualifies as a supervisor for your project work, can be found below.

Eligibility requirements for our practical courses

  • What are the eligibility requirements for practise?

    20 ECTS from finished courses in Chemistry, including at least 5 ECTS in Biochemistry, or alternatively, 20 ECTS from a combination of finished courses in Chemistry and Physics and/or Mathematics, including at least 5 ECTS in Biochemistry; 45 ECTS from finished courses in Biology or Medicine, containing Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Physiology; practical experience of laboratory work corresponding to a minimum of 5 ECTS.

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for project at basic level?

    20 ECTS from finished courses in Chemistry, including at least 5 ECTS in Biochemistry, or alternatively, 20 ECTS from a combination of finished courses in Chemistry and Physics and/or Mathematics, including at least 5 ECTS in Biochemistry; 45 ECTS from finished courses in Biology, including Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Physiology; practical experience of laboratory work corresponding to a minimum of 15 ECTS. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for project at the advanced level?

    180 ECTS from completed courses including at least 60 ECTS in the area of Life Science of which altogether at least 45 ECTS in Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology and Cell- and Molecular Biology; 30 ECTS from finished courses in Chemistry of which at least 7.5 ECTS in Biochemistry as well as 30 ECTS in Molecular Biology at the advanced level; documented practical experience of laboratory work comprising a minimum of 30 ECTS. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for bachelor's thesis?

    30 ECTS-credits in Chemistry, with a minimum of 7,5 ECTS-credits in Biochemistry and 60 ECTS in Molecular biology, including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in Genetics, 7.5 ECTS-credits in Microbiology and in total 15 ECTS in the areas of Plant- and Animal Physiology, and Cell- and Molecular Biology.

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for master's thesis?

    180 ECTS is required, including: 60 ECTS in Life Sciences (including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Zoo Physiology and Plant Biology) of which a minimum of 7.5 ECTS should be in each of Genetics and Microbiology; 30 ECTS in Chemistry of which a minimum should be 7.5 ECTS credits in Biochemistry; documented practical experience of laboratory work comprising a minimum of 30 ECTS; as well as compulsory courses at the advanced level of the Master Programme in Molecular Biology corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS; English skills equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6; or equivalent proficiencies.

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Find a supervisor

We strongly recommend you to search www.pubmed.com and combine search terms of your main interest with affiliation. For example, combine "molecular biology" with "umea". The research group leader often is the last author on a primary research publication. You can also go into the individual department's web pages to read about ongoing research but these may not be updated regularly.

Once you have found a project or research topic that you are interested in, you should contact the supervisor to ask about the possibility to do a project in their lab (Note: It is a good idea to personally contact the supervisor, and to come prepared with questions and background information about research currently being done in their lab).

Review of your project plan

Once you have found a laboratory and a supervisor, you and the supervisor together must fill out the application form found below. The form should be sent to Viktoria Vedin at the Department of Molecular Biology. (IMPORTANT note: The application must have been reviewed and approved before you begin your project work!).

Examination

During your project work, you must be properly supervised and your performance will be continuously evaluated. Your grade is a summary of the oral and written examinations as well as the supervisor's assessment of your contribution within the research project. During the course, you are expected to spend 40 hours a week at work in the lab or with other tasks related to your project. A 30 hp project runs over a period of 18 weeks and a 15 hp project runs over a period of 9 weeks.

You can find a summary of what is examined during each course below, for more detailed information regarding the supervisor's evaluation, see "Guidelines for Degree Thesis" and the evaluation forms for each course at the bottom of the page. The final evaluation form will be sent to Ingela Nilsson and the written report will be sent to examiner Debra Milton or Matthew Francis as instructed in the evaluation forms or "Guidelines for Degree Thesis." Additional information on the content, format and criteria for the written report and the oral presentation (poster or seminar), as well as the final evaluation of the degree thesis project, can be found in the "Guidelines for Degree Thesis."

Forms

Below you can find registration forms for the Degree Theses in Molecular Biology, Project in Molecular Biology, Advanced project in Molecular Biology as well as Practise in Molecular Biology.

Degree Thesis in Bachelor's, Magister's and Master's programmes

Application Form 5MO092 Bachelor Degree Thesis in Molecular Biology (15 hp)
Application Form 5MO117 Magister Degree Thesis in Molecular Biology (15 hp)
Application Form 5MO118-119 Master Degree Thesis in Molecular Biology (15 hp or 30 hp)

Guidelines for Degree Thesis

Evaluation Form for Degree Thesis in Molecular Biology

Project in Molecular Biology, 7.5, 15 and 30 hp
(basic level course)

Application Form for Project in Molecular Biology (7.5 hp, 15 hp or 30 hp)
Evaluation Form for Project in Molecular Biology

Advanced Project in Molecular Biology, 15 and 30 hp
(advanced level course)

Application Form for Advanced Project in Molecular Biology (15hp or 30 hp)
Evaluation Form for Advanced Project in Molecular Biology

Practise in Molecular Biology 7,5 and 15 hp
(summer courses)

Application Form Practise in Molecular Biology 7,5, 15 hp
Evaluation Form for Practise in Molecular Biology