Traineeship in Biology, 15 credits

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.

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 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

The traineeship in biology is conducted at a workplace outside of Stockholm Univerity, and supervised by an employee at that workplace. 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).

Research traineeship conducted at Stockholm University

Traineeship in biology 7.5 credits

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.

Teaching format

Before you start

To be registered on the course you must first:

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

t is your responsibility to find a workplace and a supervisor, BIG does not provide details of traineeship opportunities.  This is an excellent opportunity to practice job-hunting skills.

Work plan

The work plan is an agreement between you, your supervisor and BIG, 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.


What your work assignments are during the traineeship should be clear in your work plan. 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.


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, study councellor as well as director of studies. The course is graded as either pass or fail.


Cecilia Kullberg
Phone: +46 8 16 4713
Room: D550b or Tovetorp


Traineeship in biology 15 credits should be equivalent to 9 full time work weeks. You will make an agreement with your supervisor about your workhours and what weeks you should work, these are then specified in the work plan which must be approved by the examiner.

The schedule shows planned times for introductory meetings and final seminars.

Course material

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

Although you might wish that we supplied a list of traineeship places, there are very good reasons why we choose not to. 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?

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).

If you have the chance, take the opportunity to have a traineeship!

Feedback also suggests that the format of the course means that you feel part of the group, not jus a visitor, which gives you a good impression of what working there would be like.


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