Project and supervisor

You need to find a suitable topic for your project together with a supervisor (mandatory) for it. The responsibility for this lies primarily with you. To find a project you can contact representatives from the various research groups at the Department of Physics. There is also a web page with suggestions for projects at the Department of Physics (in Swedish, but most of the projects are described in English), as well as suggestions for projects at the home pages of the research divisions. You can also find projects on the notice boards at the department, and, for external projects, web-pages of some major companies.

It is possible to do a project with a supervisor who is external to the Department of Physics, but in that case we require an assistant supervisor who is a teacher at the Department of Physics.

Contact person

Together with your supervisor you should work out a project plan, which is sent to the coordinator for the degree projects. This plan should contain a preliminary title, number of credits, name of the supervisor and any assistant supervisor, a short descriptive text, and a preliminary schedule. You will then be assigned a contact person who is one of the members of the Committee for Degree Projects. You should discuss your suggested project with your contact person. Upon approval you will fill out a contract for the project, which includes start and end dates. This contract is then handed to the student office, where you will be registered on the appropriate course. Your contact person is usually also your examiner for the course.

Part time projects

Degree projects normally run full time. However, in some cases the work can be carried out part time, e.g. if there are necessary lecture courses running in parallel. If you want to do your project part time, you should discuss this with your contact person before you start the project, and it must be written in your contract. If you have a prolonged illness during your work, you must immediately notify your contact person (and for Swedish residents Försäkringskassan), in order to ascertain that your time gets extended.

Follow-up

When you write your contract you and your contact person will also agree on a time for a follow-up meeting, about one month after you start the project. The purpose of this meeting is to give you a chance to discuss your schedule, and how your work is progressing, as well as bring up any problems. If you like,  your supervisor can be present at the meeting. During the course of the project your contact person will monitor your progress. You are of course also welcome to contact your contact person on your own initiative, if you want to bring something up.

The work

Do it! The allotted time for a full-time project in term weeks is the number of credits divided by 1.5, i.e., 20/30/40 term weeks for a 30/45/60 credit project. The academic year consists of 2 terms, each 20 weeks + 12 weeks of summer recess. The 12 weeks during the summer do not count as part of your time. In order to be eligible for the grades A and B, you need to submit your report within 26/39/52 term weeks for 30/45/60 credits.

Free print-outs during your project

While you are doing your project, you are eligible for free print-outs via Printomat at the Department of Physics. In order to get access to this you need to complete a form and hand it to Ronni Barouta (A4:1015) along with a copy of your contract. The end date is set to the end date on your contract + 1 month. If necessary, this time may be extended after renewed application. The form is available here:

Form temporary account (pdf) (92 Kb)

Supervision and your right to change supervisor

The supervisor for a degree project shall be available during the term time the project is running. You have the right to at least one hour of supervision per week, but it is natural that the amount of supervision is adapted to the nature of your work and your own wishes. It is reasonable that, during term time, your supervisor meets with you once a week, to follow up how your work is progressing. If you think that your supervision is not satisfactory, you should first bring it up with your contact person. If the problem is not resolved, you have the right to change supervisor by request to the board of the Department of Physics.

Report writing

We recommend that you start to write your report as early as possible! If you use Word we recommend that you utilise the template from Stockholm University. The report should be written in English or Swedish. It should be written so that also physicists who are not experts in the field of you project can understand it. As a suitable target audience, think of your fellow students. Remember that your evaluators are not necessarily experts in the area of your particular project.

In the introduction you should define the problem, and how you approached it. You should also try to put it into a wider context, so that the reader may understand why the project has been undertaken. Towards the end you should describe and discuss the results you achieved. Be careful with the structure, so that it is possible to follow a “red thread” through your text. References to the results from other people’s research, and known relations, should be accompanied by citations in the style of scientific journals. Also remember that your report becomes more readable if you put some of the heavier material, such as code listings or length derivations, into appendices. Tables should be accompanied by headings and figures by captions. Don’t forget labels and units on coordinate axes.

The report should also contain an abstract of about one half A4 page. The abstract should be placed immediately after your title page.

For external projects the title page of the external work place can be accepted.

Regarding the length of the report, it is usually determined by context. As a rough guidance a 45-credit project may run to about 50 pages, excluding appendices.  Note though, that the length of your report must be determined how much space you need to convey the contents, as indicated above. A lengthy report is not judged as a mark of quality. On the contrary, an overly long and/or badly structured text can be seen as a deficiency.

Obviously, plagiarism must not occur. More about plagiarism can be found here.

Hand in

When the report has been completed, a PDF should be sent to the coordinator. The coordinator will check for plagiarism using the text-matching tool of Stockholm University. Unless the report has obvious problems, the coordinator will assign a member of the Committee for Degree Projects to, together with your examiner, assess your work. After reading your report they will judge whether your work is sufficient to progress to the mandatory oral presentation. If not, you will be given the chance to revise your report.

Oral presentation

An oral presentation of your project shall be given at the Department of Physics. The date of your presentation is set together with your supervisor and the two members of your examination committee. The presentation should be in the form of a 30-45-minute lecture. Thereafter at least 30 minutes should be set aside for questioning. The presentation is open to the public. If you wish, the time and place can be announced on the notice board, as well as in the web calendar of the Department of Physics (you can find the form here). In connection with the presentation your examination committee will ask for input from your supervisor.

Grading

Directly after your presentation, your examination committee will convene to decide your grade. In connection with this meeting, they will seek the input from your supervisor regarding how the project has been carried out. The project is graded using the 7-step scale A to F. For external projects, the external supervisor is consulted before the presentation. Assessment criteria are listed at a separate web page. To be eligible for the highest grades, A and B, your report must be submitted 26/39/52 term weeks  for 30/45/60-credit projects. Before your result is registered in LADOK, you need to hand a printout of your report to the student office. This copy will be archived.

Digital publication

Students are encouraged to upload a PDF of their report on DiVA, the publication data base of Stockholm University. Instructions can be found here.