Master student at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

On these pages you will find information for master students at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science (IBT).

Norsk versjon - Masterstudent ved Institutt for bioteknologi og matvitenskap

Link: Information about master's theses at NTNU.

Information on this page is relevant for the following master programmes:

  • The 5-year integrated Master Programme in Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
  • The 2-year international Master Programme in Biotechnology (MSBIOTECH)
  • The 2-year Master Programme in Food and Technology (FTMAMAT)
  • The 5-year civil engineer/technology Master Programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MTKJ)
  • The 2-year civil engineer/technology Master Programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MIKJ)

How to find thesis project and supervisor at IBT #

Finding a thesis project and supervisor is the responsibility of the student, meaning that you have to contact a supervisor to discuss and agree a project. Read up on the project proposals (link below), discuss with other students and use the departments web page to get an overview of the different research groups. The responsible main supervisor must be an NTNU-employee in a position as professor, professor II, associate professor or assistant professor. Often there will additionally be co-supervisors who can be PhD-candidates, post docs or researchers affilitated with the project. For thesis projects undertaken outside either IBT or IBI, including when taken at other NTNU departments, you are required to have an internal responsible supervisor from either IBT or IBI.

The master's thesis is an independent work with input and commentary from the supervisor on the students project work. When doing the thesis project at the department, it is recommended that it is in connection with ongoing research projects. It is also recommended to agree regular meetings with your supervisor when entering the master's agreement, e.g. every two weeks.

Proposals to project- and master's theses #

Proposals to specialization projects and master's theses are published on this page.  NB! Due to the ongoing infection control and the subsequent changes that has necessitated, some supervisors has probably been delayed in publishing their proposals. If there are supervisors who has not published any proposals on the page, you can still contact these directly.

On the page you will find proposals from the whole Faculty of Natural Science, where relevant fields of study have been mentioned by the responsible supervisor. Proposals for the coming academic year are usually published in March/April before the spring information meetings about choosing thesis projects.

Annual cycle for choosing project- and master project #

AutumnWeek 35Startup for specialization project & courseMTKJ-BT 5. year and MIKJ-BT 2. year
AutumnWeek 37Info meeting about master project, natural sciencesMSBIOTECH 1. år og MBIOT5 4. år
AutumnWeek 46Info meeting about master project, civil engineerMTKJ-BT 5. year and MIKJ-BT 2. year
AutumnWeek 51Deadline for specialization project, TBT4500MTKJ-BT 5. year and MIKJ-BT 2. year
SpringJanuaryDeadline for master agreementNatural sciences 20. Jan, civil engineer 15. Jan.
SpringWeek 12-14Info meeting about master project, natural sciencesMBIOT5 3. year
SpringWeek 16-17Info meeting about specialization project, civil engineerMTKJ-BT 4. year and MIKJ-BT 1. year
Spring15. MayDeadline for master thesis, natural sciencesMBIOT5 5. year and MSBIOTECH 2. year
SpringJuneDeadline for master thesis, civil engineerMTKJ-BT 5. year and MIKJ-BT 2. year
Spring20. JuneDeadline for specialization project agreementMTKJ-BT 4. year and MIKJ-BT 1. year

Circumstances might mean that meetings could be held a little sooner or later than suggested in the above table. Especially will Easter vacation and the excursion weeks in some years affect meetings in the spring semester. Information about the meetings will be emailed based on registered class, meaning that students with leave or who for other reasons deviate in their study progression, should be attentive in case they do not receive that information.

HSE-requirements for master students #

As a master student at the Faculty of Natural Science you have to take HSE-courses for master students (HMS0003), which is arranged in the autumn semester every year. In addition you have to attend a departmental HSE-courses for master students, held by the HSE-coordinator at the department, which is also arranged in the autumn semester. Both courses are mandatory, even if you are writing a theoretical thesis, and are required before you can start any laboratory work at the department.

When are you expected to take the HSE-courses?

  • FTMAMAT: 1st semester (1st year)
  • MSBIOTECH: 1st semester (1st year)
  • MBIOT5: 7th semester (4th year)
  • MIKJ: 1st semester (1st year)
  • MTKJ: 9th semester (5th year)

As a new master student at the department you will normally receive information about these HSE-courses in the semester you are expected to take them, but if your planned progression has been altered due to leave, approved previous studies or other circumstances, you might have to enquire about the HSE-courses when you are about to start on your master thesis.

If you are not able attend the HSE-courses when they are arranged, contact the course coordinators.

MBIOT5, MSBIOTECH, FTMAMAT - Master and elective courses #

Link: General information about master's thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

For information on master's agreement, submission deadline, writing thesis with external partners etc, see the link above.

FTMAMAT: In addition to the master's thesis (45 credits), you must take 75 credits with compulsory and elective courses. These must be listed in the master's agreement.

MBIOT5 og MSBIOTECH: In addition to the master's thesis (60 credits), as a student at these programmes you have to take 60 credits with compulsory and elective courses. These must be listed in the master's agreement.  Also take note that of these, at least 30 credits have to be at master's degree level (second degree, 3000-courses), not including Experts in Teamwork. This means that up to 22,5 credits can be lower degree level (2000-courses). Introduction courses (1000-courses) kan not be part of the master's degree/the last two years of the 5 year programme.

Exam in special syllabus and the presentation/defence of the thesis will usually take place within 4 weeks after submitting the thesis.

Students who take a master's degree within the natural sciences have to give a final presentation of the thesis, approximately 30 minutes. The presentation is public.

Compulsory and elective courses #

Compulsory courses are given in the programme study plan, and must be included in the master's agreement. See the study plan:

  • Study plan 2 year MS in Biotechnology (MSBIOTECH)
  • Study plan 5 year MSc in Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
  • Study plan 2 year MSc in Food and Technology (FTMAMAT)

Elective courses are chosen in conference with your supervisor, and must be included in the master's agreement.

If during the master's degree you should want to change the course composition, you have to contact the departments study adviser to have it approved. The change must be recommended by your supervisor.

Special Syllabus #

Special syllabus is an individual theoretical syllabus with relevance to the master's thesis. The syllabus is put together in conference with your supervisor, and must be approved by the department. The special syllabus should not be a central part of the master's thesis, but be more an overview and give a broader academic understanding. Exam in the special syllabus is often given the same day as the final thesis defence, but can be done earlier.

The application for special syllabus should be sent to the study adviser no later than 4 weeks before submitting the master's thesis.

NB! Students who write their thesis at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science can replace BT3091 Special Syllabus for Master Thesis with an ordinary elective course. If so, it has to be listed in the master's agreement.

MTKJ, MIKJ - Specialization courses and master for civil engineer #

Link:General information about starting on master's thesis as civil engineer (Norwegian only)

For information on starting on master's project, master's agreement, writing in cooperation with an external organization etc, see the link above.

Specialization course #

TBT4505: The specialization course is compulsory for students on the civil engineer programme. It can also be taken by students on the master programmes in the natural sciences. In TBT4505 Biotechnology, specialization course, the students choose two modules at 3,75 credits each. The content of the available modules is presented at an information meeting in the beginning of the autumn semester.

Specialization project #

TBT4500: See the course description. Planning the specialization project starts in the eight semester, and similar to the master's thesis it is the students responsibility to find a supervisor and project. Agreements for specialization projects can not be made before 1. May each year, to ensure a fair opportunity to explore the options.

Use the form Agreement on Specialization Project. Submit the filled in form with signatures to the study adviser by the deadline 20. June. If the project is done in cooperation with an external organization/company, you should also write and submit a cooperation agreement.

Startup of the project is in the first week of lectures in the autumn semester and the deadline for submitting the project is the last week of exams (week 51). All students taking the specialization project at the Departement of Biotechnology and Food Science have to give an oral presentation of the project in November. The presentation is public and is recorded on video, where the student afterwards go through the presentation with an appointed professor.

Extension for submission of specialization project- and master thesis #

If you are delayed due to technical difficulties with the project/equipment, illness or other circumstances, you can apply for an extended deadline for submission of your master's thesis to your study adviser, either on paper or email. If you need the extension due to difficulties with the project your supervisor have to recommend the application. Otherwise attach all necessary documentation, such as a doctors notice, or submit it as soon as possible.

According to the regulations you can only apply for 3 months extension at a time, and you can only apply for an extension twice; meaning a maximum of 6 months extension. These regulations does not apply for extensions due to health issues.

If the master's thesis is not submitted within the deadline, including approved extensions, the thesis will be considered not passed and given the grade F - fail. A new or revised thesis is then allowed to be submitted only once. A voluntary retake of a passed thesis is not allowed.

Assigned work space #

Gløshaugen: Students who are writing their thesis can be assigned an individual work space in one of our reading rooms. How this is assigned differs between the departments:

  • Students who write their thesis at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science apply for a work space to the study adviser. In the beginning of August an online application form will be sent out to all students. Students who arrive later in the semester should contact the student adviser directly.
  • Students who are writing their thesis at the Department of Biology applies to the student organisation BIoM for an assigned work space through their online form.

Akrinn: Students at the MSc programme in Food and Technology dispose the reading room KA-GU259. Questions concerning access can be sent to Kristin Belsaas.

Regulations for the reading rooms #

In order to apply for an individual work space in a reading room you must have a study right at one of the department’s 2-year master's programmes or the last two years of the one of the Department’s five-year integrated master’s programmes. Work spaces are assigned by the department after application for one academic year at a time, and access is automatically terminated on 31. July each year. One has to apply anew for the following academic year. Students in their final year is given priority.

Work places and reading rooms are intended for study activities. Users of the reading rooms must show consideration for fellow students, and reading rooms must be kept quiet and orderly. The individual work space must be cleared at the end of each semester, i.e. within 22. December in the fall semester and 30. June in the spring semester - this is necessary for cleaning.

In case of absence another student may use the work space, provided they leave the space in the same condition as the holder left it in. If you plan to be away from the reading room for more than four weeks, you must notify the student adviser at the department. In case of absence for more than six weeks, the department may revoke the work space and assign it to another student. 

NTNU assumes no responsibility for any items left in the reading rooms. We advise students to bring valuables when you leave your work space.

If the reading room has faults or deficiencies it should be reported in NTNU's e-custodial services (see: Users of the reading rooms who violate these rules may be issued one warning by the department. In case of new violations, the department may reassign the work space to another student.

Students who wish to complain about the circumstances in a reading room should contact the departments student adviser.

In principle these regulations apply equally for everyone, but in consultation with the counselling service for students with disabilities, we can grant exemptions from certain provisions when necessary.

All users of NTNU's reading rooms are obligated to familiarize themselves with NTNU's fire instructions.

Contact Info #

Questions about the Master's programmes can be directed to:

Henrik Stamnes Dahl, study adviser for Biotechnology

Kristin Belsaas, study adviser for Food and Technology

Silje Strand Lundgren, study adviser at the Department of Biology

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