Degree project in Conservation biology
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.
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.