Internship for Human Biology

Course content

The purpose of the Human Biology internship is to allow students to gain experience in high level laboratory work in research departments of companies or hospitals. This experience supplements the experience to be gained in the master's thesis work and gives the students knowledge of the assignments and conditions at workplaces relevant to the MSc in Human Biology. 

Students must themselves find an internship organisation. The University of Copenhagen and other universities are not eligible as internship institutions. Internships must be pre-approved by the course responsible on the basis of an application with a project description and approval of the supervisor.


MSc programme in Human Biology - elective course

This course is not available for credit transfer students and other external students.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge, skills and competencies:

  • Account for new skills acquired during the internship
  • Describe the assignments and conditions encountered during the internship and reflect on their internship experience, utilizing the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired during the programme.
  • Reflect on their experience as a research group member in a specific organisation
  • Reflect on how Human Biology competencies fit into the context of the organisation and how they contribute to an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Training in cooperation in a setting outside the university.

No formal lectures.
Students will draw on the learning methods they have acquired in previous courses and practical work, but at this stage integrated and applied on concrete working situations with companies or hospitals.

- Passed exams in at least 30 ECTS of the mandatory exams.
- An internship contract signed by all relevant parties: A written agreement between the student, the faculty supervisor and the host company/hospital where the internship is to take place.

Type of assessment
Written assignment
Maximum number of pages for the project assignment:
10 ECTS = 10 pages (2400 keystrokes per page)

Number of hours for supervision including supervisor’s preparation:
10 ECTS points = 4 hours

The project placement is worth 10 ECTS, requiring 200 pages of literature. Alternatively, the literature may be determined by the number of references. In this case, 20 references are required for 10 ECTS.
In principle the same texts may not be submitted for more than one examination. However, there are cases in which it makes sense: for example in the case of fundamental theoretical texts or when texts and data are used in different ways in different disciplines. If doubts arise the head of study will determine whether using the same texts for more than one exam is reasonable.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
No internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student must be able to:


  • Describe the type of work/project carried out during internship, including the conditions thereof.
  • Account for new skills and knowledge acquired during the internship.

Skills and competencies:

  • Explain and discuss the knowledge and competencies within human biology that the student has used in connection with the internship.
  • Draw perspectives of present work for future career and practice, including for research.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Practical Training
  • 243
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • Exam
  • 28
  • English
  • 275