Internship (6 ECTS)

Semesters: 1st and 2nd

Code: 14331080

Coordinator: João Varela (

The objective of this curricular unit is to expose students to practical training and learning in a real life working environment, including internships in companies operating in the scientific area of the MSc programme.

There is no syllabus. This is a practical training course. Students will be integrated in a research group or in the research team of a company where you will receive training and carry out different tasks under supervision.

The student can only have a maximum of two supervisors. These may belong both to the University of Algarve (professors or researchers with a PhD degree) or, alternatively, if the project is carried out outside the University of Algarve, the student must have an internal supervisor (a professor or researcher with a PhD degree belonging to UALG) and an external supervisor which is not required to hold a doctorate. 

The student must deliver a written report to be evaluated.



135 h of supervised work + 33 h of independent work, in general reserved for writing the report.


The registration of the internship is mandatory. Please fill in the following Google Form:



The evaluation will be carried out by the supervisor using specific criteria, which include the response of the intern during the supervised work and the written report in a proportion of 40% and 60% of the final grade, respectively.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The written report should be sent to the supervisor and the coordinator of the internship by email to be evaluated.

To know the deadlines for the submission of the report, please go to the Report section below.


Structure of the Report:

The report should include at least an introduction describing the state of the art and the objectives, material and methods, and references. Unlike Field and Lab Methods, students should be encouraged to include results and discussion in the report. The entire report should not exceed 10 A4 pages, in font “Times New Roman” or equivalent, size 12, with a minimum line spacing of 1½. However, figures, references and tables do not count for the 10-page limit. For further details, please read the instructions in the registration form.

Deadlines for report submission:

1st Semester: Last Friday of January

2nd Semester: Last Friday of June