Department of 
Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science



NB! Since spring 2020 the course homepage has migrated into the LU Canvas platform for online learning. This page will remain available such that future students can learn about the course prior to their thesis work, but it will neither be updated regularly, nor will it include complete and detailed information about the course setup and ongoing events.






Welcome to the homepage of the thesis degree course:


NGEM01 Master degree project, 30 ECTS


The Master degree project is a compulsory course for the Master’s degree. It is not a regular course with lectures and exercises, but carried out as a research project. The results of the project are presented in a written report and on a seminar.


Information regarded the master thesis project is described in the course guide: GuideNGEM01. It is recommended to download this guide already at an early stage of your master program to prepare for the thesis project.


Two appendices of the guide are given in separate files:

Appendix C: the author instructions for Ambio. From this document the relevant section is the section on how to present the references. The Ambio style is recommended on how to present references.

Appendix H with instructions for upload of your thesis to LUP (the Lund University publication database and student-LUP).


Problems with writing in general and in particular the thesis?


If you foresee that you will have problems with writing and need to improve your skills, you can apply for help from the Academic support Centre (ASC):

See for more information on the ASC homepage.



Academic Support Centre

+46 (0)46 222 3695


Twitter: @ASCatLU


Visiting address:

Genetikhuset - Rm 148

Sölvegatan 29




Faculty of Sciences


The Science faculty administration gives some information regarding the degree thesis and how to issue the diploma upon completion.

To the homepage of the Faculty of Sciences


Extra funding


There are several possibilities to get extra funding for Master projects. Students have previously been successful with applying for Minor Field Study stipends (~25000-30000 kr) from SIDA. Read more about MFS and how to apply here: MFS information på svenska.


Some students have obtained stipends from the Oscar & Lili Lamm memorial foundation (<10 000 kr). Read more here (Swedish).


The thesis, format of references


Details on the lay-out of the thesis, and the use of references in particular are given in the compendium. The style used for referencing in the thesis is the so-called Harvard style. There is however a variety of formats how you actually present the different references in the reference list. We recommend you to use the Ambio reference format.


You can choose to use the reference program EndNote for keeping track of your references during the writing of your report. This program is already used in other courses and available for downloading and installation on your own computer through the student portal. Instructions on how to install the program are given below in a pdf file.


Here you can download both an instruction on how to use the EndNote reference system, written by Britta Smångs from the library as well as the EndNote Ambio format file.


Instructions how to install EndNote

Instructions on EndNote

Ambio format file for EndNote


The thesis, files for the final layout


Links to the needed files:


Front page (English version)

Framsidan (Svenska version)

Publication list (Gulaserien)



List of published bachelor and master theses


All theses are stored and eventually published in LUP Student papers and with publication the full-text versions are available in pdf-format. You can have a look at already published theses from the LUP student papers database. The search interface for student papers is available:


This search service complements the search engine found on the LU web site and offers more advanced search features.

Among these are:

-          Searching and filtering on course code, term and supervisor

-          Browsing by organizational unit.

-          A number of different export options (excel, csv, bibtex, RIS)


Select the faculty of Science, INES for limiting the list of thesis to those for our department.


Suggestions to topics

How to find a subject for your thesis is briefly described in the course compendium. We try also to keep an updated list with suggestions on the INES homepage: Internships / thesis subjects


Other information


More on writing:

-     Writes of Passage: Writing an Empirical Journal Article by Lynn White, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

-     Urkund on Plagiarism (in Swedish) Urkund is the program that is used to compare your thesis to other published material. Read more about the program and about plagiarism

-     Sheppard, Helen. Hints on Layout and Style for Writers of Dissertations and Theses at the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Lund University StyleGuide: this is a guide written for PhD students; but with useful information on a common structure for dissertation.

-     Rougier, N.P., Droettboom, M., Bourne, P.E., 2014. Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures. PLOS, Computational Biology, open access journal. A paper on what is the best way to present data. It shows a lot of useful tips, and also points out that you should make sure your graphs are safe to read for people with colour-blindness (8% of your male audience). More reading on the topic, specific for climate science, can be found at

-     Zuur, A.F., E.N. Ieno, and C.S. Elphick, A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2010. 1(1): p. 3-14 A paper on the use of statistics, with focus on ecological sciences