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Traineeship in Biology

During this advanced course you work as a trainee at a workplace outside of Stockholm University, where you use biological knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education.

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.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

Declining your place at

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. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Applying your skills and knowledge at a workplace of biological relevance is a great way to gain work life experience. Traineeship in biology allow you the possibility to test your own abilities, try out a workplace and grow your professional network.

If you are not sure what you want to do next traineeship in biology is a way to spend some weeks in a workplace and find out if it is right for you. If you know exactly where you want to go next a traineeship is a way to get a foot in the door and to prove yourself to them.

Course evaluations show that students appreciate the opportunity to gain insight into a workplace. Overall satisfaction with the course is 4-5 (on 1-5 scale). Feedback also suggests that the format of the course means that you feel part of the group, not just a visitor, which gives you a good impression of what working there would be like.

Course aims

The aim of traineeship in biology is for you to gain both experience of working life in general, and experience in particular of a workplace in which biological knowledge is used. You are expected to apply the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education. The aim is also that you learn how work with biological aspects is organised and carried out at, for example, a company or an authority.

  • Course structure

    To be registered on the course you must first:

    • be admitted (placed as reserve)
    • attended an introductory meeting (contact the examiner to schedule a meeting at least 3 weeks before you plan to start the traineeship)
    • had your workplace and supervisor approved by the examiner
    • had your work plan approved (hand-in two weeks before start of traineeship)

    Before you apply you should read under the heading More information to find out where you can do the traineeship, how you find a work place and what to think about when you write the work plan.

    You cannot start you traineeship before your workplan has been approved by the examiner! This is important since you will not be insured by the University at the work place until you have been registed on the course, wich will be donne after aproval of the workplan.

    Teaching format

    Traineeship means that you take part, under supervision, in the work a company, authority or other work place. You should work the same hours as employees at the work place. What your work assignments are during the traineeship should be clear in your work plan. It is important that you interact with other parts of the work and other employees than just your supervisor. If this changes during the traineeship this must be approved by the examiner.

    Each day you will summarise and reflect on your day in your traineeship journal. At the end of the first week you submit the journal to the course coordinator for feedback. This way we are able to see that your journal meet the expectations and that the traineeship has got off to a good start.


    You present your traineeship in writing (the journal) and orally at a seminar. About three seminars are held each semester and teachers and students are invited to listen.

    The course is assessed by a committee which consists of the examiner and study councellor. The course is graded as either pass or fail.


    Cecilia Kullberg
    Phone: +46 8 16 4713
    Room: D550c

  • 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.

    Traineeship in biology 7,5 credits should be equivalent to 4,5 full time work weeks. 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 find a workplace, you should attend an introductory meeting (see course structure). Dates for introductory meetings and presentations are listed in the schedule below.

  • Course literature

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

    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.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Traineeship in Biology is offered as 7.5 and 15 credits. You can take both courses (7.5and 15 credits) but you have to be at different workplaces, and you can only count a total of 15 credits toward your degree (including Research traineeships).

    Traineeship in Biology 15 credits (BL8007)

    Traineeship in Biology can be conducted in Sweden or abroad. As a student at Stockholm University, you can apply for funding through Erasmus+ to complete a work placement/traineeship at a company or organisation in a country participating in the Erasmus+ programme.

    The work place

    The traineeship in biology is conducted at a workplace where biological knowledge is relevant but where research is not the main work, if you prefer to do a traineeship at a biological institution, then you should take one of our research traineeship courses.

    Read more about the difference between our traineeship courses

    Finding a traineeship position

    It is your responsibility to find a workplace and a supervisor, BIG does not provide details of traineeship opportunities. Although you might wish that we supplied a list of traineeship places, there are very good reasons why we choose not to. This is an excellent opportunity to practice job-hunting skills. And students that have completed the course agree, they feel it encourages them to get involved and take responsibility for their career.

    To get the most out of the course, you need to think hard about what your personal aims are with the course, and what workplace might help you achieve those goals. As well as how to contact your workplace, is there a traineeship position you can apply for, someone in your network that can support you, or make direct contact with you intended supervisor?

    If you do not really know where you want to work in the future, and want to discuss you future career; get in contact with our study counsellors.

    Examples of workplaces for the traineeship in Biology

    Here we list some examples where our students have previously done their traineeship in biology.

    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Consulting companies, for example: Environmental protection / marin biology / biochemistry
    • Forestry companies
    • Museums
    • Nonprofit organisations, as for example:  Naturskyddsföreningen (Nature Conservation Association), WWF, Skärgårdsstiftelsen, Svenska Kennelklubben, SportFiskarna.
    • Public authorities as for example: Länsstyrelse (Country Administrative Board), Kommun (municipality), Livsmedelsverket (National Food Administration), Smittskyddsinstitutet (Institute of Infectious Disease Control), Djurskyddsmyndigheten (Animal Welfare Authority), Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

    The work plan

    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. Writing the workplan is an opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the workplace, your supervisor as well as their expectations of your work. It is, therefore, important that you draw up the work plan in consultation with your supervisor, while you write the plan independently.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)