Undergraduate traineeships

A student taking a degree course at Keele involving a Life Sciences subject (i.e. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Human Biology) is eligible to apply to spend up to 48 weeks on a Traineeship placement. Such a placement will increase your initial employment prospects by giving you appropriate employment, laboratory and research skills. In addition, the work carried out whilst on placement is written up and incorporated into your final year assessment.

Where can I do my Traineeship?

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

France Germany Italy Ireland
The Netherlands Norway Poland Spain Sweden


Langauge training

If you plan to do this you should ideally sign up for a language course as part of your first or second year. Check on the university website and with your supervisor to see if there are any language training within the university or in the surrounding area.

What should I do next?

In the first instance, you should discuss with Prof David Hoole which placement would suit you.  A meeting will then be organised with all second-year students in Life Sciences to discuss the procedures involved and the application process.  A preliminary meeting will occur in the first semester of the second year with a follow-up meeting giving further details at the beginning of the second semester.  The application procedure will be clarified and your attention is drawn to the application form in the 'Forms' section on this website.

The current deadline for students interested in the Undergraduate Programme is 16 December 2016.

All Application forms should be handed into the Reception in the Huxley Building, Life Sciences and emailed to Professor Dave Hoole.

Once selected you attend meetings with Prof Hoole and Lisa Stoker about practical matters - insurance, health & safety, travel arrangements, accommodation etc. Funding is available to support those working in European countries. Grants are paid as a flat rate and calculated on a monthly rate. (currently, 16/17 €430 per month depending on destination); as a first installment this is to cover living costs, travel and insurance.

Student experiences

Read the reports of other students who have gone on work placements to help you decide what Institution is best for you.


Our ERASMUS ID code is UK KEELE01.