Master's Thesis in Molecular Biology
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Objectives and Content
The master's degree in molecular biology will give the student training in independent experimental work within a specialized area. It is also possible to be assigned a task where bioinformatics or chemical methods are central. Through academic deepening, the student's ability to think critically and scientifically will be developed.
The assignment project must be chosen from a collection of assignments that are made available to all students. The program board and supervisors must ensure that a collection of defined assignment projects exists at all times.
The assignment projects in this collection must be pre-approved by the course responsible for MOL399 (Master's project in molecular biology). This means that the assignment must i) be well-grounded in molecular biology as a field (both theoretically and with regard to the experimental work), ii) be able to be completed in the stipulated time, iii) provide the opportunity for independent and personal development under supervision, iv) not be characterized by routine experimental work, and v) preferably consisting of a selection of different techniques that are in common use in molecular biology.
The assignment project can also be designed in a dialogue between supervisor and student. However, this project must also be approved by the course responsible for MOL399, and made available in the assignment collection in the same way as all other projects.
- demonstrates a solid understanding of molecular biology and specialized knowledge with respect to his/her master project
- is able to plan and conduct experimental work under supervision and in accordance with general safety routines for laboratory work and ethical guidelines for research
- is able to communicate both orally and in writing results obtained from both own research and other research groups
- is able to critically evaluate experimental results (from own research and from other research groups)
- demonstrates critcal assessment of scientific literature and scientific thinking
- can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular research
Level of Study
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Forms of Assessment
After the master's thesis has been submitted and approved, the degree work ends with an oral master's degree exam. This exam consists of a public presentation of around 30 minutes in which the student gives an overview of the thesis subject. This is followed by an oral examination/conversation. Before the presentation, a grade must be assigned to the thesis. The presentation, together with the subsequent oral examination/conversation, can be used to adjust the final grade of the thesis. It is the final grade that is made known to the student and which appears on the transcript.
Deadline: Assignments of 60 credits must be submitted no later than one month before the end of the 4th semester.