2023-2024 / SSTG0065-1

Laboratory internship


6w Internship

Number of credits

 Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)9 crédits 


Denis Baurain, François Beaufay, Frédéric Bouché, Alain Brans, Pierre Cardol, Franck Dequiedt, Emmanuel Di Valentin, Mireille Dumoulin, Grégory Fettweis, Moreno Galleni, Marc Hanikenne, Stéphanie Herkenne, Frédéric Kerff, Marielle Lebrun, Sylvie Legrand, André Matagne, Patrick Meyer, Johan Michaux, Patrick Motte, N..., Bernard Peers, Claire Périlleux, Claire Remacle, Sébastien Rigali, Catherine Sadzot, Ingrid Struman, Mohammed Terrak, Nicolas Thelen, Marc Thiry, Pierre Tocquin, Marylène Vandevenne, Marianne Voz, Annick Wilmotte


Denis Baurain

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

At the end of Block 1, students enrolled in Block 1 of the Master BBMC must complete a 6-week internship for a total of 9 credits. This internship must be carried out in one of the Life Sciences Department's laboratories, under the supervision of a promoter from the BBMC Master's teaching staff (internship supervisor). Day-to-day supervision may be entrusted to non-teaching staff (e.g. a PhD student from the host laboratory).

The internship themes proposed by the teaching staff are grouped together in a file that is made available to the students at the beginning of Q2. Students' preferences regarding these proposals (3 choices) must be sent to the internship coordinator (Prof. Denis Baurain) within the following two weeks. The host laboratories are then allocated no later than one month before the start of the internships, using an algorithm that attempts to satisfy everyone as best as possible.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the internships is to allow students to work in research laboratories and to confront them to experimental realities under the guidance of a supervisor.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The courses will draw on the concepts covered in the Bac Bio and all the BBMC Master's toolboxes and thematic modules.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The laboratory internship is not a mini-thesis. It provides an opportunity to experience the life of a researcher. As it is limited to 6 weeks, its scientific ambition remains limited.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face in one of the department's laboratories or with a BBMC Master's teacher.

Recommended or required readings

Each internship resorts to a specific scientific theme of the host laboratory and therefore to a specific bibliographic framework.

Information relating to internships (e.g. list of teachers' proposals, form for students' preferences, allocation of host laboratories to students) will be made available on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

May-June exam session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

The work carried out during the internship is presented orally in 10 minutes, followed by a 10-minute defence within the entities (InBioS-PhytoSYSTEMS, InBioS-CIP, GIGA-R). This presentation must be made at the latest during the week following the end of the course.

Students are required to attend presentations given by their fellow students on placement in the same entity, and the audience for these presentations is made up of as many supervisors involved in the entity's placements as possible.

The mark for the course is made up of :

  • a mark for the laboratory work, including the keeping of a laboratory notebook (50%, awarded by the promoter)
  • a mark for the oral presentation (15%, awarded by the teachers present at the presentation)
  • a mark for the oral defence (35%, also awarded by the teachers present at the presentation)

Work placement(s)

Laboratory placement.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place in Q2 and is organised only once per academic year. It cannot therefore be taken a second time.


Course coordinator :

Prof. Denis Baurain

Tel. 04/366.38.64
e-mail : denis.baurain@uliege.be

Administrative aspects :

Ms Stéphanie Hanson

Tel. 04/366.38.02
e-mail :s.hanson@uliege.be

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