SPBB802: Master's thesis in Biology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: English
EKA: N110005102
Assessment: Second examiner: External
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn, Spring
Level: Master

STADS ID (UVA): N110005101
ECTS value: 60

Date of Approval: 15-05-2023

Duration: 3 semesters

Version: Approved - active


Please note that this master's thesis is carried out over three semesters. The master’s thesis is for students that follows courses alongside the writing of the master thesis, minimum 15 ECTS courses. If you have passed all courses from 1 and 2 semester of your Master's degree programme, you must choose a master’s thesis that is carried out over two semesters. Administratively the thesis is registered with 20 ECTS per semester. 

A supervisor contract and project statement must be handed in.
Submission is conducted electronically via spoc.sdu.dk/form/778/submit. Submission must take place no later than 1 week after the semester has started, but is recommended, that it is handed in as soon as possible. The contract must be approved by supervisor, study committee and the head of studies.

Be aware that it is not possible to fill in the form after deadline of submission, since the application system will shut down. The system will reopen in connection with the next course registration, then you can fill out the form for the next semester.

Theses written in English must contain a summary prepared in Danish. See more in the Curriculum, §7.5.

Further information on the selection, construction, execution and completion of the project at The Institute of Biology can be found on this page.

Entry requirements


Academic preconditions


Course introduction

The master’s thesis represents the completion of the master’s programme in biology. The project is thus intended to document the student’s abilities to handle biologically relevant professional functions, and that the student has acquired the professional knowledge and the theoretical and methodological qualifications that enable the student to identify, formulate, and solve problems within the central disciplines of biology.

The project explores a relevant research question, chosen within any field of biology. The research question is examined from a theoretical and practical scientific perspective by means of the student’s own theoretical analyses and, possibly, experimentation, and by use of relevant primary scientific literature. The project is completed by the submission of a scientific thesis and an oral defense.

Expected learning outcome

A student, who has completed the master’s thesis can:
  • master the theories and methods within a field of the biological sciences,
  • analyse issues within the central biological disciplines, and establish new, scientifically founded models for their solution,
  • plan and perform advanced biological investigations,
  • evaluate submitted hypotheses from a qualified theoretical background, and deal critically with the student’s own research results and scientific models, as well as those of others,
  • put biological issues into perspective using the ways of reasoning and argumentation, and professional terms of the biological sciences,
  • contribute to the development of new scientific insigts and new applications of the reults of biological research.


The subject of the master’s thesis is determined in collaboration with a supervisor, and the project description is approved as part of the thesis contract by the supervisor, the department, and the study board. The thesis project includes the independent delimitation, solution, and generalisation of results concerning a biological issue with the possible involvement of experiments and studies of the most recent international research within the field.


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Examination regulations

Exam element a)


Deadline for master's theses carried out in the spring semester is 1 June.
Deadline for master's theses carried out in the autumn semester is 1 January.


Report and oral defense




Second examiner: External


7-point grading scale


Full name and SDU username



Examination aids

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ECTS value


Additional information

The master's thesis may be carried out individually og in pairs. The thesis examination is individual and starts with a presentation on a given subject. After the presentation the student may be examined in both the report and the presentation. The student's presentation is part of the total assessment. Presentation and report may be carried out in Danish or in English.

The deadline for the thesis report is final. This means that one exam attempt has been used if the thesis report has not been handed in on time. In the event of a missed submission deadline, the university sets a modified research problem within the same subject area as the thesis. The modified research problem must correspond a work load of three months, and it must be received by the Head of Studies no later than 14 days after the submission deadline.

The master thesis must contain an abstract of the contents of the report, cf. "Eksamensbekendtgørelsen" (statutory order of examinations) section 24, subsection 2. If the report is written in Danish, the abstract must be in English. If the report is written in English, the abstract must be in Danish. Further guidelines for the report are provided at the department's website.

Indicative number of lessons

supervision hours are coordinated with the supervisor

Teaching Method

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Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

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Transition rules

Transitional arrangements describe how a course replaces another course when changes are made to the course of study. 
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