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Degree Project in Biology

During the degree project you will gain deeper theoretical knowledge within part of the biological subject area and learn to work independently on a scientific question, usually within an ongoing research project.

The degree project is an independant assignment which results in a thesis. By most students considered to be the most interesting and rewarding part of their education, but also the most demanding as you put your previous knowledge and skills to work.

Recent degree projects

  • Temporal genomic change in the Scandinavian brown bear
  • Primate brain size correlates with life history and group size
  • POU/Oct transcription factor Nubbin in Drosophila immunity

Information for admitted students summer 2022

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve (see Registration). In good time before registration, you must check if you are eligible with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register (see Eligible with conditions). If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you decline your place as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course (see Declining your place). See also below for information on studying with a disability and if you are placed as reserve.

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Conditional admission
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility


Our courses generally apply online registration. To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in summer 2022:

  • Registration for all courses opens 29 April and closes 29 May.
  • Traineeships, research traineeships and degree projects are open for registration throughout the semester (see more below).

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

If you submitted your work plan for traineeship or research traineeship, or your research idea for degree project, before the deadline and had it approved, you have been admitted to the course and can register, provided you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above). If you  submitted your work plan / research idea after the deadline, you have been placed as reserve and will be admitted as soon as it has been approved. If you have not yet submitted your work plan / research idea, you can read more about this further down on this page under "More information / How to apply".

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course. If you drop the course you will not be able to apply for the course again.

Declining your place at

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships, research traineeships and degre projects see more information above.

Read about reserve roll call

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

  • Course structure

    The degree project consists of two parts, the project plan and the project work.

    When you start the course, you will begin by working on the project plan and time plan, allowing you to read up on the background as well as plan your work. The aim of the project plan is to make sure you understand the tasks involved before you begin the project work and that you gain experience in formulating a scientific hypothesis.

    The project work involves working on the tasks set out in your project plan. The aim is that you should be able to perform a scientific study and lead a scientific discussion within a part of the biological subject area.

    Note that the course is also offered in other scopes:

    Degree project in biology 45 credits

    Degree project in biology 60 credits

    Teaching format

    During the course you work indepedently under supervision. What you work on is dependent on the project you choose and is decided in agreement with your supervisor (see below in More Information).


    You present the project plan and the project work both orally and in writing. The written part for the project work should be in the form of a scientific report including a popular summary and an ethical and societal reflection. The oral examination is in the form of a seminar normally held at the research department, and is open to colleagues at the deparment, students as well as family and friends.


    The examiner depends on which subdiscipline your project best fits. The examiner and supervisor can not be the same person.

    See list of examiners for degree projects

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    The course does not have set start and end dates, but you should apply for the course the period that best fits when you plan to do the project. Which weeks you will work and what workhours you should keep is an agreement you make with your supervisor, these are then specified in the time plan which must be approved by the examiner. Degree project 30 ECTS credits should be equivalent to 18 full time work weeks, while 45 credits is equivalent to 27 weeks and 60 credits equate to 36 weeks.


  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The degree project does not have any set literature. As part of the project you will read literature assigned by your supervisor as well as identify relevant literature to read yourself.

  • More information

    It is your responsibility to find a suitable project and supervisor. You should have these by the documentation deadline (see

    The research departments keep lists of suggested degree projects, which are a good source of inspiration.

    Other ways of finding ideas for projects include:

    • discussing possible projects with the teachers on the courses you take
    • reading about ongoing research projects on the department’s websites
    • checking for projects advertised on BIG’s notice boards (mainly external projects)
    • talking to our teachers at BIG's lunch fair (held once per semester)
    • MyCareer listings

    The supervisor

    The supervisor is responsible for the theoretical and practical supervision during the entire degree project. The supervisor should hold a doctorate within the relevant subject. There are often others, e.g., PhD-students that help you during your degree project, however, there is only one official supervisor.

    External projects

    If the project and supervisor are tied to a work place other than Stockholm University, e.g., an authority, company or a university abroad, it counts as an external degree project. More information about external degree projects to come. Until then you can contact the study counsellor (see contact below) for more information.

    Projects abroad

    Some projects require data collection abroad. In this case you should talk to your supervisor and BIG early on to make necessary arrangements to ensure that you are insured during the time abroad.

    Within some projects it is possible to do a Minor Field Study (MFS), that is, a field study in a developing country financed by a Sida stipend.

    Read more about MFS

    After the course

    A completed degree project is a requirement for the Master's degree, 30 ECTS credits is enough to qualify for a Master's degree in Biology. At most you can include 60 ECTS credits of degree projects in your degree.

    A completed degree project is also a requirement for eligibility for postgraduate studies in biology at Stockholm University.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)