NCP-80812 BSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
Examiner(s)prof. dr. F Berendse
prof. dr. BJM Arts
prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren
prof. dr. HHT Prins

Language of instruction:

Dutch or English

Assumed knowledge on:

102 credits of BBN done, all credits of BSc 1.


Student have to investigate a question in the field of Forest and Nature Conservation, preferably in the field of their major. Under supervision they will execute scientific research and use knowledge and skill acquired during the BSc programme. Student can choose from an experimental project, a data analysis project or a literature research project. Results will be reported by writing a scientific report or article, and by doing an oral presentation.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and mechanisms of research in forest and nature conservation to answer research questions;
- analyse concepts, approaches and methods and reflect upon scientific literature;
- write a research proposal, including theoretical background, problem definition, design of research, project planning, in the field of his or her major within the BSc Forest and Nature Conservation;
- carry out a research plan within the available time;
- apply common research techniques, such as experiments, collecting and analysing data and/ or literature;
i- nterpret the most important findings;
- evaluate these findings in relation to other conservation issues;
- prepare the contents and structure of a scientific report or article, under supervision;
- orally present the results of a scientific research.


- to write a research plan and to carry out the research plan, consequently and under supervision;
- to write a scientific report or article;
- to present the results for fellow students, orally.


The final mark is based on:
- research competence (30%);
- thesis report (60%);
- colloquium (10%).
The minimum partial grade for the three components of the thesis assessment form is 5.5.


A course manual is available at the website of NCP.

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2MO+3WD, 5AF+6WD