Third stream activities in education

Third stream activities in education are at least as valuable as in research. Good partnerships in third stream activities in education mean great benefits to everyone involved. When knowledge is applied and becomes meaningful to the student, this leads to greater understanding, motivation and better study performance, while also facilitating their transition to working life. Third stream activities also benefit us, the teaching staff, through new contacts with the community and higher quality in our courses and study programmes. 

And for those in the business community or wider community, third stream activities lead to contacts with future potential employees, and new insights into your business/operation, with the potential for generating innovative ideas. In the longer term, you can be part of influencing the direction and content of courses in order to ensure a flow of students with skills that match your current and future needs.

We welcome all third stream activity initiatives!
Below are the forms of third stream activity we offer and how to find out more.

Opportunities for education partnerships

Offer contract education to our students

Do you have suggestions for tasks that can be carried out within the framework of a course, perhaps ideas that have been shelved because they are not part the line’s work and so you never seem to find time for them? See information below about the possibility of offering projects for a course or a thesis.

Project-based courses
As part of a course or study programme, students carry out real-world assignments linked to a private or public sector organisation. The students gain relevant experience and you get a thorough analysis of your problem and the opportunity to make contact at an early stage with potential future employees. The web portal Studentkraft, which is common to all study programmes in engineering at Uppsala University, shows you which project-based courses you can apply for. 

Degree projects
Do you have a task/problem that could be solved independently by one or two students in 10 to 20 weeks? This is the perfect kind of task or problem for a degree project. All students do a degree project during the last semester of their study programme. For our Master’s degree programmes, the degree project is worth 30 credits (= 20 weeks) and for Bachelor of Science in Engineering students, the degree project is worth 15 credits (10 weeks). The degree project consists of a task that must be carried out independently by applying the knowledge and skills the student has acquired during their study programme. The work can be carried out at a company, organisation or government agency, but is then reported on at the University. A contract for the degree project is drawn up, which can include confidentiality. Note that a degree project proposal must be approved by the University before it can start. Developing and limiting the question to be answered is part of the student’s work on the project. The student is entitled to student finance while working on their degree project. 

You can advertise your degree project offers on the Uppsala University jobs database UU CareerGate, and also via the study programme’s Student Service and degree project coordinators

Offer other working life connections in our study programmes

Guest lectures
Come and tell us what it is like working at your workplace. You can talk about working in projects, about research, development or production, about a case study, about entrepreneurship, about patents, about quality assurance and regulatory requirements, or about a specific product or process. There is almost certainly something interesting that you can teach our students.

Study visits
Would you be able to receive a group of students for a visit to your workplace? Here is how to invite them. Contact the programme coordinators here (Faculty of Science and Technology website).

Mentor programme
‘Shadow an alumna/alumnus’ is a mini mentor programme where students are put in touch with a former student to share experiences. Each alumna/alumnus receives a group of 4–5 students. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Alumni coordinator at the Faculty of Science and Technology who organises the mentor programme.

Image from the panel discussion "What awaits you after your degree?” with among others Anders Heljestrand, head of department at Vattenfall Services Nordic and alumus of the Master’s Programme in Materials Engineering

Employ our students

Our students know a great deal. Hiring university students during their studies gives you the opportunity to get smaller tasks done while allowing the company to connect with students who may become valuable new employees in the future. Our jobs database allows you to advertise job offers to our students. If you want to attract our students to apply for work with your company or government agency, you can participate in UTNARM, the annual careers fair organised by the Uppsala Union of Engineering and Science Students (UTN).


Programme coordinators
If you have ideas about the structure and content of a programme, or if you have a third stream activity offer which addresses a specific study programme, the programme coordinator is the right person to contact. You can find a list of programme coordinators on the Faculty of Science and Technology website.

Degree project coordinators
If you have any questions regarding degree projects, please contact our degree project coordinators.

If you would like to get into contact with our programme students, you can do so via the Student Service for our engineering programmes , via the programme coordinators (see above) or via the programme’s study counsellor and careers advisor

Director of Studies and Outreach Coordinator
If you are unsure who to contact, or would like to discuss partnering opportunities more generally, please contact the Department’s Director of Studies Martin Sjödin, or the Department’s Outreach Coordinator Åsa Kassman Rudolphi.

UppTech is an initiative in the field of technology across disciplinary boundaries which is run by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University. The aim is to promote third stream activities between the University’s world-leading research in technology and the business community or other external partners. At Uppsala University, we offer research and education within most subject disciplines, which gives us a unique basis for taking on complex societal challenges.

Last modified: 2022-02-24