Degree Projects at the VH Faculty

Last changed: 07 September 2018

Information for employees and students about degree projects at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (VH Faculty).

General information

The degree project must be carried out according to the Guidelines for degree projects. Details may be found in the document "Riktlinjer för självständiga arbeten" (in Swedish only, contact your supervisor or course leader for help with translation).

A degree project of 15 credits must be equivalent to 10 weeks of full-time studies and a degree project of 30 credits must be equivalent to 20 weeks of full-time studies. The project can be carried out at one of the faculty's departments or elsewhere, but regardless of which, the student must be formally registered on a degree project course and be assigned a main supervisor at a department.

Responsible departments at the VH Faculty:

Below you will find information about the procedures that apply for degree projects at the VH Faculty.

Application

Applications are made at universityadmissions.se. Deadlines for applications are 15 October for spring courses and 15 April for autumn courses. Before applying, the student must have been in contact with a supervisor, with whom an agreement must have been made about an appropriate project.

Course codes for independent projects at the VH Faculty

  • EX0870 Independent project in Animal Science, A2E, 30 credits
  • EX0871 Independent project in Biology, A2E, 30 credits

When notifications of selection results arrive, the student will be listed as "Conditionally admitted" to the course (see below under Registration).

Registration

The students are conditionally admitted to the course. Registration will be made after the course leader/department director of studies has signed the registration form, thereby confirming that the student has fulfilled the entry requirements to the course and has been appointed a supervisor.

If the student begins some project work early, before the formal course start, the responsible department must ensure that insurance applies. The student can either be (part) registered on the course in advance, or be registered full-time on other courses within his/her programme. Freestanding students must be registered on the course before the beginning the project work.

For all independent projects, a project plan must be established.

Supervision

During the project, the student is entitled to reasonable supervision time. In addition, the supervisor will be reviewing the written work. The supervisor and student should agree beforehand on at which stages of the project or at which specific dates supervision and reviews will be made, e.g. in a schedule in the project plan.

If the course leader has announced deadlines, time frames or other instructions on how the project should be carried out, these should be entered into the project plan and followed.

The examiner's role is not to supervise, but only to assess the final version of the project work.

Written report

The SLU Library document templates should be used. If there are course specific instructions for the written report, these will be posted on the course webpage.

Any deadlines that have been agreed upon in the project plan must be kept. The stated date of submission of the written report in the project plan applies as the first occasion for final assessment.

Oral presentation

Oral presentation can take place only after the written report is basically finished and the supervisor has given their consent. Oral presentations should be announced in advance so that interested parties can participate. Opportunity for discussion will be given. The examiner must attend the presentation.

Final approval

When the final version of the thesis has been approved, the supervisor completes Form C: Grade decision/Approval of degree project, which includes the dates for: examination for plagiarism, oral presentation and submission of final version of the thesis to supervisor. The supervisor certifies that the degree project has been completed according to submitted project plan and that the final version of the thesis has been forwarded to course leader/department director of studies. The examiner fills in the grade decision/approval and signs the form. Supervisor or examiner submits the completed form to the LADOK administrator at Education services in VHC for final reporting in LADOK.

Publication in Epsilon

Course leader/department director of studies is responsible, together with the LADOK administrator at Education services in VHC, for converting the final version of the independent project to PDF format, and depositing it in Epsilon according to the Library instructions.

Normally, the independent project should be published immediately after approval. Exceptionally, publication may be delayed for twelve (12) months, by decision of the responsible department. If there are special reasons, the publication may be delayed beyond 12 months. In such cases, the publication will be delayed for 6 months at a time until the purpose of the delay is reached. Publication delay beyond 12 months requires a specific decision from the faculty. Reasons for the publication delay should be stated in the project plan.

NOTE that the deposition in Epsilon must be done, even if the publication is to be subject of a delay! The administrator sets the dates of the embargo period upon admission of the PDF file, so that only the information on the project work can be viewed, while the actual file may not be opened until the embargo period has expired.


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