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Research training

Research training is an individual course where the aim is to give an insight into research and development - how it is organized and implemented in practical terms. The course is only open for students of Plant Biology – master’s programme.

The research training can be carried out at research departments and institutions, companies or authorities connected to plant biology. You will get an opportunity to follow and to take part in the practical work. Compared to when you do a thesis project, you do not have to have your own project, but can work with several different tasks to get a complete picture of the place and the work carried out there. As part of the course you and your supervisor will chose literature, which covers a theory area in connection with the work. You then get to study and learn about this area. You and your supervisor also agree on how to examine the theoretical task. Furthermore, you are expected to write a report from the training period and give a short oral presentation at the training site.

Research training is usually done before the thesis project and may make it easier for you to identify a suitable thesis project or even a future work area! It can also be a good opportunity to see if you are interested in continuing with academic research.

Additional course evaluations for BI1249

Academic year 2020/2021

Research training (BI1249-20018) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2020/2021

Research training (BI1249-10042) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Research training (BI1249-20019) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2019/2020

Research training (BI1249-10026) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Research training (BI1249-20093) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2018/2019

Research training (BI1249-10137) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Research training (BI1249-20104) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14

Academic year 2017/2018

Research training (BI1249-10153) 2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30

Academic year 2016/2017

Research training (BI1249-40150) 2017-03-22 - 2017-06-04

BI1249 Research training, 15.0 Credits


Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Second cycle

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 180 credits including 90 credits Biology and
English B from upper secondary school or equivalent. For admission,
a project plan approved by the department is required.


After the course, the student should have relevant working experience.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- in extent and time delimit and plan for implementation of the training period
- carry out a compilation of the literature in the field
- give a correct oral and written presentation of the work training period


The student participates in regular activities within industry, public
administration or academic research. The student should under supervision
or independently participate in work relevant to the education.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral presentations as well as participation in
compulsory parts established in the project plan.

General regulations and guidelines for assessment and grading is
Established in the regulations for education in first and second cycle at SLU.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Detailed instructions on admission and completion of the course, including
structure of the project plan, are available on the course homepage. Note
that a project plan approved by the responsible department is required for

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Plant Biology - Master´s Programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1249 Application code: SLU-10096 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%