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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.

PRACTICUM MODE. 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. Structure and contents of reports:

The document must be no longer than approximately 50 pages.

(A) Research initiation work

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

  • INTRODUCTION: a bibliographical review of the subject of the project that describes the state of the issue, provides context and justifies the objectives of the research project.
  • OBJECTIVES: it must contain a clear definition of the objectives of the project.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: a description of the experimental design, materials and methods used.
  • OUTCOME: must be presented and summarised in the form of tables and figures.
  • DISCUSSION: the outcome obtained must be compared with the outcome obtained by other research and its validity and implications in the field of study debated.
  • CONCLUSIONS: the most significant original outcome obtained.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY: relation of references quoted in any part of the manuscript.

Depending on the execution phase of the research project when the student joins, it may not be possible to submit a complete report that contains all the indicated sections. In any case, the report must include the sections required to explain what the research initiation work developed during the placement consisted of and it must always contain:

  • an introduction to provide context of the subject worked on;
  • a clear description of the objectives of the project in which he/she has taken part;
  • the activities performed in the development stage of the project that he/she has joined, and
  • complete list of bibliographical references quoted in the report.


(B) Practicum

The report must be structured in accordance with the standards for presenting a placement report. It must contain the following data:

  • Characteristics and organisation of the company or institution where the placement has been carried out.
  • Description of the activities performed.
  • Specific tasks performed by the student with an introduction, explanation of the methodology and, as applicable, the results obtained.
  • Personal appraisal.
  • Bibliography: list of references quoted in any part of the document.


2. Report submission:

Two copies in paper format and one copy on a CD must be submitted along with the monitoring and assessment sheet* to the office of the secretary of the INTEA before the deadline set by the Board of the Master's Degree.*

*Monitoring Sheet available on the subject’s web page. It must be printed on double-sided paper and submitted before the deadline to the office of the secretary of the INTEA (in a closed envelope if the appraisal has already been performed by the director and/or tutor).


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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