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Advanced Research Traineeship in Biology I

Advanced research traineeship in biology allows you to develop your ability to work independently and critically on a scientific hypothesis. By taking part in the day to day work you will gain deeper understanding for the work at a biological institution.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve. In good time before registration, you must check if you are qualified with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register. If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you submit a rebate as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course.

Updated general information about teaching with regards to the pandemic will be published latest 15 December, at the link below. Course specific information can be found in the schedule published on this page latest one month before the course starts. 
Read more about the teaching at BIG in regards to the pandemic

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Terms
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility


Our courses generally apply online registration (for internships and research internships, see below). To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in spring 2021:

  • Registration for all courses opens 28 December and closes one week before the course starts.
  • Degree projects at the advanced level are open for registration throughout the semester.

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

If you have been accepted or placed as a reserve in one of our traineeship or research traineeship courses, you should contact the examiner for the course (see "Course structure" on this page), and you will then receive a template for writing a work plan. Once you have written the work plan and had it approved by the examiner, we will register you on the course (no online registration). Do not forget to check that you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above).

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course.

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Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships or research traineeships see more information above.

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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With a research traineeship you largely control what you will learn, by choosing a supervisor and tasks that suit your own interests. The aim is that you should be able to plan your work systematically from the work plan (see "Course structure"), independently perform the tasks, and identify solutions to situations you are faced with during the traineeship. You should also be able to document your work in a purposeful way. Important skills for your continued studies as well as future work.

  • Course structure

    Advanced Research Traineeship in Biologi I is conducted at a biological institution. It is your responsibility to find a workplace and supervisor, BIG does not supply placements. To get the most out of the course it is important that you think carefully about what your personal ambitions are with the course, and which research group can best help you achieve them.

    Before you start the traineeship you will write a work plan, to be approved by the examiner. The work plan is an agreement between you, your supervisor and the examiner, to ensure that your work during the traineeship is relevant to the course. When you write the work plan you will familiarise yourself with the work place, the supervisor and what is expected of your work. It is therefore important that you develop the plan in consultation with your supervisor, while you write the plan independently.

    You will get a template for the work plan when you have got a place on the course and made contact with the examiner, and you will be registered once the examiner has approved the work plan.

    Teaching format

    Research traineeship is tought through supervision. During the course you will take part in the day to day work in the research group, this can include labwork, field work, data analysis, reading of iterature, seminars and group meeting. As part of the course you are also expected to document the planning, doing and reflection of your work in a logbook.


    You present the research traineeship in the form of a logbook. This means that you should spend a bit of time each day during the traineeship writing down what you have done during the day and reflecting on this. The research traineeship is examined based on your logbook as well as a verdict from your supervisor.


    Kenneth Ekvall
    Telephone: +46 (0)8-16 4071
    Meetings after booking by e-mail

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Research traineeship 7,5 credits equates to 4.5 weeks of fulltime work.  The course does not have set start and end dates, but you should apply for the course the period that best fits when you plan to do the traineeship. Which weeks you will work and what workhours you should keep is an agreement you make with your supervisor, these are then specified in the work plan which must be approved by the examiner.

    Before you start your traineeship, and preferably before you decide on a placement, you should attend an introductory meeting. These meetings are not schedules. When you have got a place on the course you should contact the examiner to book a time.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Research Traineeship in Biology does not have any official literature. Depending on your traineeship you may be expected to read different forms of literature, if so, this is something that you will discuss with your supervisor.

  • More information

    Advanced research traineeship in biology can be carried out in a research group at Stockholm University, or other work place that conduct research such as Karolinska Institute or a research department at the Natural History Museum.

    For traineeships that do not focus on research (for example the Natural History Museum's public work) you should take one of our Traineeship in Biology courses.

    Traineeship in Biology 7.5 hp (BL8006)

    Traineeship in Biology 15 hp (BL8007)

    Research traineeship at Stockholm University can also be done at basic level, which does not require a Bachelor's degree.

    Research Traineeship in Biology I (BL5031)

    If you are not sure which course you should take please contact the examiner (see Course structure).

    Biological research at Stockholm University

    Research in biology at Stockholm University spans across the subject from genomics, greenhouse gas producing baltic clams and the cost of advanced brains to natural resource management. In other words there are many different exciting research groups to look for a traineeship placement. When you have found a group that suits your interests and aims you make contact with the researcher in question. Useful practice for job hunting.

    You can find information about the different research groups and their contact details on the departments websites:

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)