Guidelines for degree projects (independent projects)

Last changed: 17 February 2017

Independent projects (degree projects) must be processed in accordance with the same procedures and responsibilities as other higher education at SLU. In some respects, however, independent projects (degree projects) differ from other courses.

You can write your independent project in Swedish or English, as indicated in the course syllabus. You will usually report on the project both in writing and orally.

You are primarily responsible for the completion of the independent project and SLU has a responsibility to create good conditions to help you carry out the project. Each student must have a supervisor for their project. The supervisor and the examiner cannot be the same person.

At basic level, the independent project can ideally be carried out together by small groups of no more than three students, although the input into the project must be reported and assessed individually.

All independent projects will be checked for plagiarism (in Urkund) before being approved and subsequently published in SLU’s electronic archive for student projects.

Level, specialised study and entry requirements

An independent project can only belong to one main field of study; double classification is never permitted. The most common types of independent project (degree project) and their general entry requirements are shown in the table below.

Level, specialised study and scope

Common names (previous names), possible degrees

General entry requirements

Basic level, G2E, 15 credits

 

Bachelor’s project (basic level C)

Possible Degree of Bachelor.

120 credits in total, of which 60 credits with specialised study within the main field of study. At least one course with the same level of specialised study as the independent project must be completed in connection with the independent project. The general entry requirements include language requirements.

Advanced level, A1E, 15 credits

 

Master’s project (advanced D)

Possible Degree of Master (60 credits).

180 credits in total, of which 90 credits with specialised study within a relevant main field of study, including approved independent project at basic level. At least one course with the same level of specialised study as the independent project must be completed in connection with the independent project. Additional language requirements.

Advanced level, A1E, 30 credits

Degree project for long professional programmes (advanced D), master’s thesis.

As above (A1E, 15 credits).

Advanced level, A2E, 30 credits

Master’s degree project for long professional programmes (advanced E), master’s thesis.

Possible Degree of Master (120 credits).

30 credits at advanced level within the main field of study as well as an approved independent project at basic level. Additional language requirements.

 

Degree requirements

The level, specialised study and scope of the independent project determine which degree (or degrees) you are eligible for once you have finished. Professional qualifications require one or two independent projects with specific main fields of study and/or a particular specialisation which is indicated in the programme syllabus for the programme in question.