Degree project

When you're in the later stage of a programme, you will do a degree project. This is an independent project where previous knowledge from your entire education is applied. The course prepares you to work in a scientific manner and mediates connection to both research and working life.

The project can be carried out at a company, governmental agency or university department. To support you in your project you have a supervisor and a subject reviewer. As a student, you are primarily responsible for finding a suitable project.

Some opportunities for degree projects are advertised at employers, research departments and research groups' websites. But it's also a good idea to look in the university job database, UU CareerGate, where departments, companies and governmental agencies can advertise.

Degree project in a natural sciences programme

Routines for degree projects in natural sciences programmes are found at the course responsible department.

Degree project in a technical programme

The technical programmes have common guidelines and instructions for degree projects.

Specific routines for degree projects in technological sciences programmes are then found at the course responsible department.

Note that beyond these instructions there may be programme specific additions or exceptions. These can be found in your course- or programme page in Studium, or will be given at an information session from the programme.

Start with gathering information regarding pre-requisite knowledge, the content of the course syllabus and the guidelines for degree projects (pdf) Pdf, 283 kB.. The guidelines describe, among other things, the project tasks and responsibilities of the examiner, supervisor and subject reviewer.

When you found a suitable project, draft a preliminary project plan and present your proposal to the examiner.

If you haven't been given a subject reviewer you should propose one at this point. Discuss the preliminary project plan with your subject reviewer, revise it if needed and set up a preliminary time frame.

When the examiner has approved the proposal you can start your application for the degree project.

You can't apply for the degree project course at or In order to be registered for your degree project, you need to apply with an application form (pdf) Pdf, 41 kB.. If possible, you can sign the form with an electronic signature.

The application must include details regarding:

  • Subject reviewer
  • Examiner
  • Supervisor
  • Revised project plan and your result certificate
  • Start and end date. Make sure that the time you specify in the application corresponds to the permitted course moments for your programme.

Send the application to the examiner after your subject reviewer and supervisor have signed it.

If the project owner at an external degree project asks for a signed contract between the organisation, the student and the University, there are examples of external contracts to access through the University. There are also example contracts between a student and internal project owners at the university (pdf).

Keep regular contact with your subject reviewer during the project and update the project plan as the project continues (latest 5 weeks after start).

The project report shall follow a common form and you shall use a specific front page and abstract template.

Plan your written report well in advance and go through the preliminary report with your supervisor and subject reviewer. When your report is about to be done and the subject examiner gives you the go-ahead, you should plan for your project presentation.

The project will be examined on presentation, opposition and the written report. You shall send your written report to the examiner and your opponent seven days, at the latest, prior to your presentation. If your presentation demands secrecy you need to notify the examiner and the opponent well ahead of time. Keep in mind that your subject reviewer, examiner and opponent all need to be able to attend your presentation.

Besides the written report and presentation of your own project, you also need to oppose another degree project in order to pass the course.

After the presentation, you correct any changes needed in the written report and let the subject reviewer endorse the final version. After that, you send the report to the examiner for final approval.

After passing the opposition, presentation and the written report you pass the course.

When you've passed your degree project you should publish the written report to DiVA.

Frontpage and abstract template for the degree project

When you are done with your degree project