Advanced Functional Genomics

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 500 SEK
First payment: 30 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course in Advanced Functional Genomics is aimed at you who is curious about how the new large-scale techniques for genome-wide analysis work and how they can contribute to a better understanding of the function of life's molecules. Integration of different types of experimental data is an important part of functional genomics where system biological models over cellular modules are central.

The course introduces the theoretical foundations of systems biology as well as large-scale experimental methodology.

  • You will gain in-depth knowledge of how to experimentally perform large-scale analyses of transcripts (transcriptomics), proteins (proteomics), metabolites (metabolomics) and phenotypes (phenomics).
  • You will learn the basics of systems biology by creating mathematical models of cellular modules such as signaling pathways and metabolic systems. Simulations are a natural part of the course to test and verify the model predictions.
  • You will learn how to introduce genetic changes in different experimental model systems, which is central to being able to test given hypotheses about the function of genes.

The course contains elements that provide increased understanding and reflection on ethical aspects linked to the new technologies. Seminars and study visits are also included to provide greater insight into existing and future labour markets. 

Great emphasis is placed on own seminars, report-writing and literature studies.


The teaching is based on traditional lectures that are interspersed with work in smaller groups. Several of the assignments during the course are clearly problem-based and result in written reports and oral presentations. This gives you a deeper knowledge and you become better at analysing and thinking scientifically about how new knowledge is generated and how it is best presented. Great emphasis is placed on training in writing scientific texts.

The course provides also a mixture of laboratory (wet-lab) work where you are introduced to automated/robotic techniques and computer-based analyses. You will also pay a study visit to a pharmaceutical company.  

During the course, you will have close contact with dedicated teachers who research in the field, and also with international teachers.

The course is in English.

Prerequisites and selection


Passed basic courses in Biology 75 credits (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics , BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics) and completion of Chemistry 30 credits. In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject. The course BIO210 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is recommended. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

Advanced Functional Genomics is an advanced level course and can be included in the Master’s programme in Genomics and Systems Biology. It can also be included in the Master’s programme in Molecular Biology and the Master's programme in Biology. The course can also be of great value for other fields where the treated methodology and theory can be applied. The course can be applied for as a stand-alone course.

The course in Advanced Functional Genomics is suitable for you who wants to pursue a research career, work in the pharmaceutical industry or within authorities with future challenges that include new types of data for monitoring and risk analysis. It is also valuable for doctoral students in biology and biomedicine who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of modern large-scale techniques and their applications.


The lectures take place in premises on Campus Medicinareberget. Laboratory activities are carried out in research rooms at Lundberg Laboratory and at The Swedish NMR Centre. The theoretical parts are made in the computer lab at Lundberg Laboratory.

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