PEN-80812 BSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation


Studiepunten 12.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn
prof. dr. ir. F van Langevelde
dr. E Turnhout
prof. dr. FJJM Bongers

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

102 credits of BBN completed including all credits of BSc 1.


The BSc thesis offers the student the opportunity to carry out an individual scientific research in the field of Forest and Nature Conservation, thereby using the knowledge and skills acquired during the BSc programme. Under supervision of a lecturer you will write a research proposal, carry out the research, write the thesis and present and discuss the results at a plenary presentation session. The nature of the BSc thesis research varies widely from an experimental project, a data analysis project or a literature review project. Results will be reported by writing a scientific report or article, and by giving an oral presentation followed by discussion and feedback on the presentation. Students interested in improving their writing skills can participate in a thesis ring.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- use 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 Forest and Nature Conservation;
- manage a research project within the available time;
- apply common research techniques, such as experiments, collecting and analysing data and/or literature study;
- gather and interpret the most important findings;
- relate and evaluate these findings in relation to conservation issues;
- prepare the contents and structure of a scientific report or article, under supervision;
- orally present the results of a scientific research.


- to attend two lectures;
- to participate in the thesis ring (on a voluntary basis);
- to write a research proposal;
- to read scientific papers;
- to analyse data;
- to write a scientific report or article;
- to present the results to fellow students and supervisor.


The final mark is based on:
- research competence (30-40%);
- thesis report (50-60%);
- colloquium (10%).
The minimum partial grade for the three components of the thesis assessment form is 5.5.


The course guide and other documents, e.g. contract form, assessment form, sources for Academic Writing are available in Brightspace after registration.

The course guide is also available on the websites of the FEM, FNP, PEN and REG chair groups

Please register for the course by sending an email to

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2MO+3WD, 5AF+6WD