At the our department, degree project courses at an second cycle (Masters level) can be done in the following subjects and of the following lengths:

Geography, Degree Project, 30, 45 or 60 credits
Degree Project in Environmental Science and Physical Planning, 30, 45 or 60 credits
Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30, 45 och 60 credits


All degree project courses require a Bachelor’s degree and courses equivalent of at least 30 (ECTS) credits at an advanced level. Please check each syllabus for specific requirements.

Checklist for degree projects

1. The student identifies an area that he/she would like to do the degree project within, and approaches a teacher that could act as a supervisor. If needed, the student may contact the program responsible, or the director of studies to discuss various possibilities. If the thesis is written at an external workplace in cooperation with the department, the student will need a supervisor from the external workplace as well as a supervisor from the department.

2. The student and the supervisor decide which degree project course is suitable (subject (course name), level, and length). If in doubt, check with the program responsible or degree project coordinatior.

3. The student fills out a Contract and time plan (1027 Kb) for degree projects. This is done in consultation with the supervisor. The Time plan following the Academic calender: 30 credits = on term, 45 credits = one and a half terms and 60 credits = two terms. The project description (see the contract) is drawn up in consultation with the supervisor and must, where appropriate, be approved by the program responsible.

Information for Mac-user: Open the contract using Adobe Reader, then save it. This will produce a pdf-file that can be read also by PC-users.

4. The students sends the contract and the time plan to the program responsible and to the Director of studies:, for appointment of an examiner

5. Information about examiner is sent to you by e-mail.

6. The degree project is conducted with an appropriate level of oral and/or written supervision (discussed before the work is commenced), during both the initial phase, the data collection, the analysis, and the writing phase.

Grading criteria

Grading criteria Degree Projects Master level (47 Kb)
The time spent on the thesis work should correspond to the length of the course (15 credits=9-10 weeks).

Presentation seminars

7.  It´s imperative that the supervisor(s) have seen/read a final draft and given his/her approval for submit the degree project for seminar presentation. When the supervisor(s) and the student are satisfied with the quality of the manuscript, the student applies for a presentation seminar.

8. Students arrange their own seminar in consultation with both supervisor(s) and examiner. Notice again: It´s imperative that your supervisor(s) have seen/read a final draft and given his/her approval for you to submit your degree project for seminar presentation. Your examiner should have the final version of the thesis at least one week before the seminar. You should therefore contact your examiner to set a date for handing in the final version of your thesis.

Lecture Room is booked by contacting: Include the following in your booking: Name, course, title of your project. After the date, time and room are booked. Send information to about:

  • Title
  • Date, time and venue
  • Name of the supervisor/supervisors
  • Name of the examiner
  • Presentation language, swedish or english
  • Abstract

9. The student presents his/her degree work at the seminar.
The presentation should be maximum 45 minutes, a suggested distribution of time is:

20-25 min presentation

10 min questions from examiner

10-15 min questions from the audience

Directly following the seminar, the examiner delivers his/her comments on both the written thesis as well as on the oral presentation. Instructions are given to the changes that are needed before the thesis can be printed.

10. After the seminar, the examiner grades the degree project thesis according to the grading criteria. The supervisor, is consulted before the final grade is decided on. The grade is then conveyed to the student, the supervisor and the degree project coordinator.

Printing instructions, archiving and publication DiVA

11. When the student has made the last changes to the manuscript, the degree project coordinator/editor is contacted. Following the instructions given, the student delivers the final thesis as a pdf or word, together with material for the cover page (picture, name and thesis title): Archiving and publication in DiVA

12. The students upload the thesis in the Stockholm university thesis database DiVA via Study support systems.

13. Qualifications & Degrees