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Master's degree in food biotechnology

Master's thesis

The master's thesis (TFM) consists of a tutored practical project that forms part of the structure of the master's degree as a compulsory subject that is carried out during the second semester.

It serves as an activity of initiation into research careers and/or professional exercise in order for students to consolidate the knowledge they have acquired in the different subject areas and have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply them, in an integrated way, to the study of a subject matter, to the design of an application or to the resolution of specific problems in their professional area.

Students must carry out a placement (approximately 200 hours) within a UdG research group, within an external or UdG research group,or in a company to complete the practical part of the TFM.

WORK MODE OF THE INITIATION TO RESEARCH (TIR). Initiation to research in the area of food biotechnology. Participation in a research, innovation or development project. Writing a scientific report. Presentation and oral defence of the work.

VOCATIONAL INTRODUCTION MODE (TIP). Initiation to professional exercise, taking part in tasks related to the master's degree’s area of specialisation. Collaboration in activities typical of the work group where the student is on placement (production, R&D, quality control, etc.) Writing a report of the activities carried out. Presentation and oral defence of the work.

1. A placement application* must be filed with the coordinator of the master's degree to carry out the TFM, specifying the reasons for the specific choice, availability (period, timetables, etc.) for completing the placement and a second option in case the first choice cannot be offered.
*Application form and list of collaborating companies and collaborator available on the subject’s web page.

2. The teaching committee of the master's degree will assess and decide on applications and assign each student a destination and a professor from the master's degree, who will serve as his/her tutor during the TFM. 
The tutor serves to guide the student on subjects related with the completion of the TFM during the placement and on academic aspects related to the writing up of the work. Therefore, the student is required to keep the tutor informed about progress with the work and follow indications in terms of the approach, structure, format and contents, of the written report as well as the oral presentation.

3.  The student will always have a TFM director, who will be:
(1) A supervisor at the centre or company where the TFM is being carried out, with whom an agreement of educational cooperation has been signed.
(2) The same professor who has been assigned as a tutor, if the TFM is completed at a group from INTEA or if the student has a contractual relationship with the company where he/she is completing the TFM, under which circumstances, there is no need for a supervisor at the company.
The functions of the director are to propose and direct the work carried out by the student.

4. Once notification of the assigned placement has been received, the student must make contact with the tutor and/or director assigned to specify the subject, the plan of work and time allocation during the placement. 

All students completing the TFM outside the UdG must process the corresponding educational cooperation agreement (excluding those with a contractual relationship with the company where they are completing the practical part of the TFM).

Formalities are handled by the Office of Companies Relations at the Polytechnic School through the computer application dedicated to work placements (EEL). To collate all the data, the company or institution must publish its offer on this platform and the student must sign up as a candidate for this placement.

The contact details of the officer managing the platform are:

Jordi Puig i Bosch
Office of Companies Relations at the Polytechnic School
PI Building - Office 009
Tel.: +34 972418374

1.Master’s thesis proposal sheet.

Document available from the subject’s website. To be delivered before the deadline, duly filled in and signed. If the TFM is confidential this will need to be flagged up in the proposal sheet of proposal and the confidentiality document attached to it. These documents are available from the website of the subject explaining how to deliver them. Deadline for delivering TFM proposal sheet: 1 July (Master’s degree theses are defended during the September calls). Proposal sheets accepted by the Master's Degree Educational Committee will be returned to students as an attachment when their theses are deposited.

1. Structure and contents of reports:

The document must be no longer than approximately 50 pages. Written reports must meet minimum formal requirements to be considered suitable for the academic level of master's-degree studies: appropriate use of the correct scientific-technical language, spelling and grammar, tables (with headers) and figures (with footnotes) correctly numbered, self-explanatory and referenced in the text, citations from other related works and full bibliographical references of all citations. Well organised and structured document. Whether it is a TIR or a TIP, bibliographical references and a bibliography section must be included.

(A) Research initiation work

The report must be structured in accordance with the standards for presenting scientific reports, containing the following sections:

    • Acknowledgements (briefly citing the individuals and institutions, companies, research centres, etc., that have provided the author with moral, material or professional support).
    • Summary (summarily and clearly describing the company or institution, tasks carried out, results obtained (if there are any) and personal assessment). From one to two pages maximum.
    • INTRODUCTION: a bibliographical review of the subject of the project that describes the state of the issue, provides context and justifies the research project's goals.
    • GOALS: it must contain a clear definition of the project’s goals.
    • MATERIALS AND METHODS: description of the materials and methods used and of the experimental design. A description of the statistical analysis applied to the results must be included, where possible.
    • RESULTS: these must be presented and summarised in tables and figures. They need to include an explanatory text of the results obtained and the statistical analysis.
    • DISCUSSION: the results obtained must be compared with those obtained by other research and their validity and implications in the field of study discussed.
    • CONCLUSIONS: listing the most significant original results obtained.
    • BIBLIOGRAPHY: list of references cited in any part of the document. Use of a suitable and consistent format throughout the section (see on the web of the Library of the UdG).


(B) Vocational introduction

    • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (briefly citing the individuals and Institutions, companies, research centres, etc., that have provided the author with moral, material or professional support).
    • SUMMARY (summarily and clearly describing the company or institution, tasks carried out, results obtained (if there are any) and personal assessment). From one to two pages maximum.
    • FEATURES AND ORGANISATION of the company, centre, research group or institution where the internships were carried out, with: Description of the activities that are carried out there.
      • Introduction (which focuses on the subject and activity to be carried out in the context of the work)
      • Methodology (stages and processes carried out, material used and methods followed, and, where necessary, experimental design and statistical analysis). Any aspect that cannot be detailed because of the confidentiality should be mentioned in the document.
      • Results obtained or development of the tasks carried out, incidents, etc., (will be adapted to the specific tasks carried out).
      • Discussion of the results obtained or of the tasks carried out from a critical point of view and proposed improvement or future continuation.

PERSONAL ASSESSMENT (relationship with the previous knowledge and skills and those acquired in the Master’s degree, adaptation to work team, assessment of the tasks carried out, etc.)

BIBLIOGRAPHY: list of references cited throughout the document. Use of a suitable and consistent format throughout the section (see on the web of the Library of the UdG).


2. Report submission:

This must be presented as established and stated in the subject’s website, before the set deadline (published on the EPS website for Bachelor’s- and Master’s-thesis defences), together with the Master’s-thesis proposal sheet, signed by the deposit authorisation’s supervisor.

*Master's thesis Proposal Sheet available on the subject’s web page. This will need to be filled in and delivered duly signed before the deadline for presenting the Master’s thesis proposal sheets (the deadline for defended Master’s theses is the September call: 1 July) , as stated in the subject's webpage.


3. Presentation and oral defence of the master's thesis (TFM)

The presentation and defence of the TFM before the committee is public in all aspects and consists of:

1) A presentation before a committee comprising three members of the areas at INTEA imparting teaching on the master's degree, where the student provides a summary of the contents of the work in approximately 15-20 minutes.

2) Its defence, where the student replies to questions that the court believes pertinent about the contents and completion of the work.

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