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Professional Practice


During the second half of the second semester, students undertake a Professional Practice in one of the IMBRSea (main or associated) partners. Those partners include universities, research stations, companies and NGOs. The professional practice should not exceed 2 months and should contain a workload of at least 240 hours (12 ECTS).

The main objective of the IMBRSea Professional Practice is for the student to become familiar with different workplace functions and roles expected for a particular profession. The Professional Practice should allow the student to understand how knowledge acquired through formal learning may be applied to solving problems in real-world situations. Through the Professional Practice the student will be immersed in the working environment and will get acquainted with the real-life job world.

Professional practice topics & selection

The Professional Practice topics will be made available to students during their first semester of studies. After a mutual agreement with the professional practice responsible, a contract will arrange the rights and duties of both the student and professional practice provider.  

Who can submit professional practice topics

In principle only non-academic partner allied to any of the partners (main or associated) can offer a professional practice, however, in specific cases, other institutions can also submit professional practices. In this case, the institution must become an associate member of the IMBRSea consortium before the start of the professional practice. This membership will be approved by the IMBRSea management board and regulated through a signed bilateral agreement. Note that professional practices should be posted through the appropriate form by professional practice providers and not by students.

Evaluation of the professional practice

The evaluation of the Professional Practice is based on several elements:

  1. an online reflective portfolio
  2. a final reflective report
  3. an exhibition stand at the Annual Symposium in which the Professional Practice is presented.

The Professional Practice mentor will be invited to evaluate the general work performance of the student. This evaluation does however not count for the final grade.


All students present their findings of the Professional Practice during the Annual Symposium in June. 

In June 2020, a virtual Annual Symposium was organized. Examples of the student's Professional Practice exhibitions during this online event are available here.

We open a call to partners around October of the first semester. In November when we have the available topics, the Professional Practice catalogue is provided to the students. Students will choose 3-5 options they are interested in and write a motivation for each.

  1. Submission of topics: Call for Professional Practice topics is open from 19 October 2020 until 13 November 2020. (after this date no new topics can be accepted)
  2. Topics published in a catalogue: After approval by the IMBRSea management board, the submitted topics will be made available to the students.
  3. Selection of topics by students: The Professional Practice catalogue is provided to the students. Students will choose 3-5 options they are interested in and write a motivation for each. Deadline for selection of topics for students is 4 December 2020.
  4. Selection of students: Professional practice mentors can choose to be involved in the selection process of the students. By 18 December 2020 topics will be allocated.
  5. Professional Practice: This will take place between the beginning of April and end of June 2021
  6. Professional Practice portfolio: The Professional Practice portfolio shall be uploaded in our thesis and internship management platform (Matix) to which the students, supervisors and the IMBRSea coordination office will have access.

On the 16th of March 2021, an info session for Professional Practice mentors was organized.

The recording of the info session can be watched via this link.

The slide presentation is available here.