Practical training

University of Oulu
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Course overview


ECTS Credits 10-15   cr
Language of instruction FI.

Finnish / English.


Registration B.Sc. 3 rd autumn, training B.Sc. 3 rd summer - M.Sc. 1 st autumn.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is for students to gain work experience in their own field of biology. Student applies the theoretical knowledge gained during the studies in practice.


Minimum training period is two months full day work 10 cr. Students can obtain 15 credits for three months versatile training depending on the length and intensity of it. Student can do the training period in Finland or during her/his exchange period or train otherwise abroad.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods

The trainee has to keep a journal of the work and its background factors. This journal and a summary of 6-8 pages have to be handed in to the responsible contact person after the training period. The summary should contain information on the training place, the ongoing research, the trainee s own work and its results. The journal is returned to the student after the summary has been approved. The student has also to be given a reference of the work. Offered training placements are announced in the internet page of Extension School. Entering for the practical training is made in 3rd autumn. Normally, the student has to find him/herself a placement in public or private sectors or abroad.


Target group

Compulsory to BS and ECO in the M.Sc. degree.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

About 80 credit amount of biology courses.

Recommended optional programme components


Recommended or required reading


Assessment Methods and criteria

Journal and final report.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Pass / Fail.

Person responsible Vanhatalo Minna
Work placements

Yes. Participating to biology project gives working life skills.

Other information

The student has to contact the professor and discuss about the suitability of the internship place in beforehand.  

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