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Biology and Molecular Biology: Applied work

Course codes BIOF20, BIOF05, BIOF21 and BIOF30

The applied work course give you an opportunity to get practical experience at a workplace that is relevant to your education. During the internship, you get an insight in what it is like working in the professional field. You may also get valuable experience as well as contacts.

If you are admitted to a bachelor’s or master’s programme in biology or molecular biology you may choose to register for one of our applied work courses. The applied work courses are 7.5, 10, 15 and 30 credits.

Please note that you are supposed to find a place for the applied work and contact a supervisor yourself.


Before you can register for an applied work course, the workplace must be approved by the course leader: Lotta Persmark for biology students and Tina Ledje for students in molecular biology.

You should plan the daily work in advance together with the supervisor at the workplace.

Written report

Initially you describe the workplace, and its activities and then you continue with a summary of the operations you essentially have devoted yourself to. The report should conclude with an evaluation of the training period, which should be directed to future students. Indicate whether the work has been interesting, if you had the advantage of your biological knowledge, and which courses and skills that have been most valuable for the work. You may add copies of the work schedule, pictures, illustrations, primary results or even a publication which you helped to create. Check with the supervisor, however, so that you do not include information that is confidential.

Oral presentation

The course is approved by he course leader when the report and the oral presentation is approved and after having received a note from the supervisor certifying that the work has been performed in a satisfactory manner. Only the grade pass (or fail) is awarded.

It is not possible to include more than 30 credits of Applied work in a biology or molecular biology degree at Lund University.


  • Contact the course leader, Lotta Persmark or Tina Ledje, to discuss the place for the applied work
  • Hand in the registration form (pdf), signed by you and by the supervisor, and a preliminary plan to the course leader
  • Send a short statement report to the course leader after approximately two weeks (e-mail)
  • Hand in the final report to the course leader, together with a certificate from the supervisor
  • Oral presentation


Lotta Persmark, Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se, Course leader for biology students

Christina Ledje, Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se, Course leader for molecular biology students