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Guidelines for external lab courses

Advanced and Research lab courses outside the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy 

Advanced and Research lab courses of our M.Sc. programs can also be conducted outside the faculty and outside the University of Freiburg at another university, research institution or company. The lab courses can be done individually or in combination.  Please note that there are several guidelines to be taken into account for practicals outside our faculty. 

Content of the internship: Research question 

You work on a research topic, implying that you work on a continuous topic and do not pursue a different duty every day, as e.g. technicians do. The training period of the lab course should correspond to the requirements for the respective internship (see general conditions for internships).  

Approval of the internship: Project description 

Before you start your internship, inform the mentor of your Master's thesis or the head of the study program about it. For this purpose, prepare a short project description in which you outline the content, timeframe and objectives of the project. A contact person of the internship position must  be named in the project description. The external lab course may not be started without prior agreement and approval by your mentor of the faculty.  

Internship Report 

Both the Advanced and the Research lab courses are concluded with a report, which can be written or oral. Please clarify the details in advance with your mentor from the faculty of the University of Freiburg. You will receive a grade for the Advanced lab course, the Research lab course is a pass/fail assessment for which you will get credits but no grade.  

Confidentiality agreements 

The University of Freiburg does not sign any confidentiality agreements for  Advanced or Research lab courses. The effort required for the legal examination is too high. If this leads to difficulties for your lab course, you are welcome to contact your mentor at the University of Freiburg to clarify this.   

Evaluation of your performance by the institution where you did the lab course 

At the end of the lab course, the supervisor of the lab course sends an e-mail to your mentor at the university. This e-mail should describe your achievements in terms of understanding, practical work and documentation. Ideally, this evaluation should also include a final grade according to the German system (1.0 for very good up to 4.0 for sufficient, with intermediate grades of 1.3, 1.7, etc.). 

If the legal department of the institution where you did the lab course wishes to remove parts of your lab course report, this must first be discussed between your supervisor of the lab courses and your mentor at the university. It is not allowed to hand in minutes that contain blackening. 

Accreditation of credit points 

Please send your lab course report as a PDF-file to your mentor from the faculty at the University of Freiburg. Make sure that your supervisor of the lab course sends the evaluation of your internship to your reviewer.  Fill in the appropriate form and give it to your mentor at the University of Freiburg.  

General conditions for internships

M.Sc. Chemistry

Advanced lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 10 
  •     Working hours: 300
  •     Duration in weeks: 8 (6 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up) 

 

Research lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 15 
  •     Working hours: 450
  •     Duration in weeks: 12 (10 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up) 

 

M.Sc. Biochemistry and Biophysics

Advanced lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 12
  •     Working hours: 360
  •     Duration in weeks: 10 (8 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up) 

 

Research lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 15
  •     Working hours: 450
  •     Duration in weeks: 12 (10 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up)

 

M.Sc. Sustainable Materials - Polymer Sciences

Advanced lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 12
  •     Working hours: 360
  •     Duration in weeks: 10 (8 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up)

 

Research lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 12 
  •     Working hours: 360
  •     Duration in weeks: 10 (8 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up)

 

Prerequisite for both lab courses 

Passed "Lab course Macromolecular Materials and Chemistry" and passed "Major Module". 

 

M.Sc. Sustainable Materials - Functional Materials

Advanced lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 12 
  •     Working hours: 360
  •     Duration in weeks: 10 (8 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up)

 

Research lab course 

  •     ECTS points: 12 
  •     Working hours: 360
  •     Duration in weeks: 10 (8 weeks for lab course + 2 weeks for follow-up)

 

Prerequisite for both internships 

Passed modules "Organic Functional Materials" and "Inorganic Functional Materials"

 

Lab courses abroad: Insurances 

Students enrolled at the University of Freiburg are generally insured by the Studierendenwerk against liability and accidents during their free time. The leisure accident insurance also covers internships, travel, etc. abroad. The liability insurance also applies abroad, but only for activities in connection with the university and only for prescribed internships (not for internships that are carried out voluntarily or additionally on one's own initiative).

The Studierendenwerk maintains an insurance concept for students at the University of Freiburg. Students can apply for insurance protection certificates through the Studierendenwerk. Further information can be found on the homepage of the Studierendenwerk. In addition, a travel health insurance is always recommended.