Degree project in Evolutionary and behavioral ecology
No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.
In this education, we address issues related to sustainability. The content of the course or program fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.
This course is primarily for you that are interested in doing your own project in evolutionary and behavioral ecology. 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 evolutionary and behavioral ecology. 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 evolutionary and behavioral ecology at the department includes several areas, and may focus on either plants or animals. Possible issues mainly include evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology and population ecology, but also include landscape ecology, trophic interactions and biogeochemistry. 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.