Degree Projects at the VH Faculty
Information for employees and students about degree projects at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (VH Faculty).
The degree project must be carried out according to the Guidelines for degree projects. Details may be found in the document "Riktlinjer för examensarbeten" (in Swedish only, contact your supervisor or course leader for help with translation).
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:
- Agricultural Research of Northern Sweden (NJV)
- Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (AFB)
- Animal Breeding and Genetics (HGEN)
- Animal Environment and Health (HMH)
- Animal Nutrition and Management (HUV)
- Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health (BVF)
- Biosystems and Technology (BT)
- Clinical Sciences (KV)
Below you will find information about the procedures during the academic year 2017/2018 that apply for degree projects at the VH Faculty. New guidelines and instructions on independent projects at SLU will be decided during spring semester 2018, which will apply from autumn semester 2018.
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. When notifications of selection results arrive, the student will be listed as "Conditionally admitted" to the course (see below under Registration).
The student may be registrated on the course only after a project plan has been established by the student (consultating the supervisor), and been signed by all parties concerned. By signing the project plan all parties agree that the student meets all requirements for admission to the course (specific entry reqirements, approved project plan and assigned supervisor and examiner).
If the student begins some project work early, while still being registered on other programme courses, registration may be postponed to next course start.
NOTE that the project plan must be submitted and approved before any practical work begins. When a student begins project work early, it is important that the student is registered on full time programme courses for SLU's liability and insurance to be valid.
When a student needs to begin project work early during e.g. approved leave from studies, an early part-time registration on the course may be possible. Contact responsible department for more information.
Supervision, independence and the examiner's role
During the project, the student is entitled to reasonable supervision time. In addition, the supervisor will be reviewing the thesis. 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. The examiner's role is not to supervise, but only to assess the final version of the thesis.
For instructions and templates on how the written report must be designed, see the Library webpage on document templates. The Vice-chancellor's decision on which information should be included on the project front page and title page must be followed. Templates for front- and title pages are available for the most common degree project courses within animal science/biology.
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.
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 thesis to PDF format, and depositing it in Epsilon according to the Library instructions.
NOTE that the deposition in Epsilon must be done, even if the thesis is to be subject of a reading embargo! The administrator sets the dates of the embargo period upon admission of the PDF file, so that only information of the thesis can be viewed, while the actual file may not be opened until the embargo period has expired. Embargos for up to 6 months are decided by the Head of Department. Prolongations of existing embargos (up to a maximum of 12 months) are decided by the Faculty Vice Dean of Education.
- Riktlinjer för examensarbeten (in Swedish)
- Form B: Project plan for degree project at the VH-Faculty
- Form C: Grade decision/Approval of degree project
- Vice-chancellor's decision on which information should be included on the project front page and title page