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Degree project in Conservation biology

Course
Master’s level
30 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-11260
Tuition
Full education cost: 60 500 SEK
First payment: 60 500 SEK
Application opens 15 March 2021

Summary

This course is primarily for you that are interested in doing your own project in conservation biology. By carrying out an individual project associated to one of our research groups you will gain insight in current research as well as research methodologies.

About

During the degree project course, you are given the opportunity to deepen both your practical and theoretical knowledge of conservation biology. You will carry out an individual project, closely linked to current research, usually within one of the ongoing research projects at the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences.

You will spend most of the time collecting and analysing data, but you are expected to take part in all steps from planning to presenting the results. Hence, at the end of the course you should have acquired good knowledge of research methodologies relevant for the specific subject.

 The focus and scope of the project is determined in consultation between you and your supervisor, and you must contact potential supervisors to discuss possible projects well in advance before the course starts. Who you should contact depends on what type of research you are interested in. If you consider an external project (e.g. at other institutions, industries or governmental agencies) you should contact the course coordinator to discuss the feasibility.

Research within conservation biology at the department includes several areas, and may focus on either plants or animals. Possible studies cover everything from aquatic and terrestrial conservation within Sweden to global change and their impact on species and ecosystems, from a conservation perspective. Protection, care and restoration of various biotopes and / or species therein are common types of studies in this subject. More information about current research projects as well as contact information can be found at the department’s web-page.

You are expected to have an approved project and supervisor before the course starts. The degree project usually covers two semesters (60 hec) but may also be limited to 30 or 45 hec. Regardless, you have to apply for the 30 hec-course; the technicalities are sorted out when the course starts.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Passed basic courses in biology, comprising 60 credits and at least one passed advanced course on a relevant subject of at least 15 credits. In addition, a passed degree project at bachelor level of at least 15 credits in a biology related area is required.

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 285 credits.

Facilities

Depending on which project you work in, you will be stationed at the Zoology building (Medicinaregatan 18A) or the Botanical building (Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B). Some projects may also include time at the marine research station at Kristineberg outside Fiskebäckskil.

Recommended study route

The main part of the course consists of the individual project, where you should work independently, but under supervision. The literature is mainly scientific papers related to the specific topic. In addition, a mandatory seminar series, aimed at helping you with planning, analysis and presentation is include in the course. You are also expected to participate in research seminars etc. given at the department.

You will present your work both orally and as a written report at the end of the course, but other mandatory assignments are included in the examination. It also includes assessment of the practical implementation of the project. The evaluation criteria are available via  XXXXX