NGEK01 15 hp bachelor thesis


Jonas Ardö, responsible teacher
Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
Sölvegatan 12, 223 62 Lund
Phone: 046-2224031 (work), 0431-455118 (home)


This course given once per year only, during the second half of the spring semester. 

Course evaluation 2014
Course evaluation 2015
Course evaluation 2016
Course evaluation 2017
Course evaluation 2018
Course evaluation 2019

Teacher Information (pdf)


NGEK01 consists of about 10 scheduled activities supporting basic skills useful for completeion of a BSc-thesis.  As the course period  2019 is short  (2019-03-25 - 2018-06-05) is it important to get started to be able to present the thesis work in early june . We prefer short and good theses before longer and not so good theses!

Please use NGEK01 in the subject line when emailing regarding this course (will make email-filtering work better)

Basic information  

Previous theses

Previous BSc theses can be found at  the Geolibrary and from LUP Student Papers.

Examples of investigating BSc theses:

Examples of a literature study BSc thesis:


are provided for each student. If the thesis work is performed in cooperation with  an external partner such as a copmpany or local governemntal body (kommun, länsstyrelse etc) can more than one supervisor be  involved. In addtion top supervision should each supervisor evaluate and grade two theses. Each supervisor receives 7 lecture hours (28 clock hours) for the supervision (including the grading).

The BSc thesis, step by step.

To facilitate course progress and finish your thesis smoothly, read and  follow point 1-21 below:

  1. Selection of topics and allokation of supervisors. If no suitable topics are avaiable, you can define one yourself. See also  Miljöbron & MYCAREER. Define and describe your topic and you work plan in written form (maximum one page) to facilitate supervisor allocation and to get started.
  2. Allocation of supervisor.

  3. Discussion with supervisor on the objectives and delineation of the thesis work. 
  4. Information on how to search for suitable  (The Geo Library)
  5. Prepare a short project plan and time plan. Remember TTT, which means  Things Take Time ans shousl be considerd during planning. It's rare works of this type takes less time than what the author expects, rather, it takes longer than you think. Take this into account when planning. Go through the project plan together with the supervisor so that both think the arrangement is reasonable.
  6. Reporting of aim/purposes on March 29, 2019..

  7. Halftime reporting (April 26, 2019): This means an informal monitoring and interim report of the thesis work is progressing according to schedule and instruction Mandatory attendence. Schedule here.

  8. Submission of thesis (no later than 18.00. May 28, 2019): Send the thesis (without the reference list) as an attachment to This version will be use for grading. Use preferably Word format (*.docx) which will make it easier to include comments. Name your document using the syntax  Course.FirstName.LastName (eg NGEK01.Nils.Nilsson.docx). The subject of the email must be "[NGEK01]"  including the square brackets. Send a full version (including reference list) to Jonas Ardö, the evaluation committe (2 persons), your supervisor and the opponent. Your supervisor should APPROVE the submission of you thesis BEFORE you submit it. All theses are checked using the plagiarism control program URKUND. See Urkunds homepage and information for students

  1. The opponent should leave a written opposition (no longer than 2 A4 pages) to course responsbile, evaluation comitte prior to the presentation of the thesis he/she are being oppponent of. After the rpresentation is the written opposition handed to the respondent. Focus your opposition om important points, not details.
  2. Final Presentations: (June 4-5,  2019) schedule.. Presentations with opposition. Each student have max 15 min for presentation and 10 min are allocated to opposition and discussion by the opponent. This is followed by an open discussion of 10 min. 40 min in total is allocated to each thesis. Mandatory attendence for all NGEK01-students on all presentations.

  3. After presentation is the thesis graded accoring to a template. The evaluation committe consists of two teachers. 

  4. If your thesis is not approved you will have to rewrite and correct it according to instructions given by the evaluation committe. The submitted revised version should be accompanied by a separate document where each point raised by the evaluation committe is replied to, describing what have been changed. This will make the re-evaluation of your thesis better and faster.

  5. The references should be formatted using ENDNOTE (or equivalent) musing a  Swedish style file. eller English style file, based on the style used for  Ambio, see description.
    Britta Smångs ENDNOTE X7-instructions.    Download ENDNOTE (The Student Portal), - Installation help for ENDNOTE

  6. Comments and suggestion received should be incorporated befor printing of the thesis. Before handing in read section 4.3 (och framåt)  i Compendium Master thesis project

    You need:
    Front page (English version),
    Framsidan (Svensk version)

  7. PDF files can be produced using WORD or with CUTEPDF, FOXIT Reader. Ensure your PDF have the right paper size (A4): Proof read you PDF carefully prior to submission.
  8. The final version should preferably be submitted no later than two weeks after the final presentation. But use the time you need to finalize it.
    You will get a number for your thesis when it is approved. This finalizing of the thesis is done after the semster have formally ended.
  9. If you wish printed copies of your thesis contact Jonas Ardö. We can send them per snail-mail if you can't pick them up in Lund.
  10. Upload your thesis in LUP.   Decision regarding policy and routines for accessibility levels of published thesis in electronic format in LUP

  11. Eva Kovacs will need titles of your thesis in both Swedish and English for registration in LADOK. Send by email to Jonas Ardö.

  12. Registration in LADOK will take place when the thesis is approved, (printed) and published in LUP in a correct format. 

  13. Done. Get your degree , have a nice summer!


Below you find a number of links providing additional information, read the contents (some in Swedish and some in english).

Resources in Swedish

Resources in English

Not irrelevant 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.

Teaching material

Jonas Ardö (2019)

Ladaea Rylander/Studieverkstaden/Charlotte Webb 2019






Jonas Ardö -older material

Updated, 27-May-2019, by Jonas Ardö