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Applied work in Biology and Molecular Biology

Course codes BIOF20, BIOF05, BIOF21 and BIOF30

The courses in applied work give you an opportunity to practice in a relevant workplace. During the internship, you get to know the workplace and participate in such a large part of its business as possible.

If you are admitted either to a bachelor’s or master’s programme in biology or molecular biology you may choose to study one of our applied work courses. The applied work courses in biology and molecular biology give 7.5, 10, 15 or 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 our study advisors. Lotta Persmark approves workplaces for biology while Christina Ledje approves for those in molecular biology.

You should plan the daily work in advance together with the supervisor at the workplace. You must fill in the registration form which should be signed by you and by the supervisor, and handed it in, together with the plan, to your study advisor no later than the first day of the course. After about two weeks, you should contact your study advisor and inform about the work progress. At the end of the course, you should submit a report to your study advisor.

Registration form for applied work in biology or molecular biology (pdf, 715 kB, new tab)

Presentation of completed applied work

The final written report should be 2-3 pages long.

Initially you description of the workplace, and its activities and continues 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 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.

In addition, you shall make an oral presentation.

The course is approved by your study advisor 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.


  • First, contact your study advisor to discuss the applied workplace
  • Hand in the registration form (pdf), signed by you and by the supervisor, and a preliminary plan to your study advisor
  • Short statement report to your study advisor after approximately two weeks (e-mail)
  • Hand in the final report to your study advisor, together with a certificate from the supervisor
  • Oral presentation

Study advisors

Molecular biology

Christina Ledje
Study advisor

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Biology and Bioinformatics

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se