Postgraduate traineeships

Keele University has developed relationships with a number of International research institutes and has built on this experience to enable well-qualified students to develop their scientific training and employment skills within an international context. We believe that this will help to develop future employees with an international outlook.

Who is Eligible?

Placements are available in the following Postgraduate courses:

  • MSc Biosciences Research Training (with international placement)
  • MSc Neuroscience Research Training (with international placement)
  • MSc Chemistry Research Training (with international placement)
  • MSc Geosciences Research Training (with international placement)
  • MSc Forensic Sciences Research Training (with international placement)
  • MSc Mathematics  Research Training (with international placement)

Within these courses, training is available in a range of Research areas for example in the MSc in Biosciences Research Training: Immunology, Fisheries, Entomology, Parasitology, and Medical Sciences. 

Where can I do my Traineeship?

We have opportunities for Postgraduates to work in 20 different laboratories throughout Europe.


France Germany Italy Ireland
The Netherlands Norway Poland Spain Sweden

What projects can I do?

What funding is available?

Country Monthly grant Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged background

Group 1 countries (high cost of living)

Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway


(€330 + €100 traineeship monthly


(€330 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Group 2 countries (medium cost of living)

Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey


(€280 + €100 traineeship monthly top up)


(€280 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Group 3 countries (low cost of living)

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


(€280 + €100 traineeship monthly top up)


(€280 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Language Training

If you have been taking a Language course alongside your degree, this will be great for your traineeship placement. Do not worry if you haven’t taken a language you can email to ask to be registered on the Online Linguistic Support (OLS). Alternatively you can check the university website and with your supervisor to see if there are any intensive language training within the university or in the surrounding area.

How to apply?

  • In the first instance, you should discuss with Professor David Hoole which placement would suit you.
  • A meeting will then be organised with all third-year students in Life Sciences to discuss the procedures involved and the application process.
  • A preliminary meeting will take place in the first semester of the third year with a follow-up meeting giving further details at the beginning of the second semester. The application procedure will also be clarified during this session.
  • The application is available on the KLE - Life Sciences Placements [LSC-00003]
  • The current deadline for students interested in the Postgraduate Programme is 12 December 2018.
  • All application forms should be handed into the Reception in the Huxley Building, Life Sciences and emailed to Professor Dave Hoole.