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Evolutionary biology

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 250 SEK
First payment: 30 250 SEK

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

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Application closed, late application opens 16 July 2021.


The course includes basic knowledge of evolutionary patterns and processes, with examples from different levels of biological organization (molecules, organisms, populations, species and higher taxa) . Examples of evolution in many different life forms such as bacteria, archaea, "protists", fungi, plants and animals, and in different types of habitat (aquatic and terrestrial, natural and anthropogenic) are given. The development of the tree of life through different geological eras and the methods used to track this development is a key part of the course. Another important aspect is the understanding of evolutionary mechanisms that exist within species and populations over short intervals of time (generations), and the methods used to study such processes. The course also describes the consequences of biological evolution in modern human society, such as the development of bacterial resistance, adaptability of species under environmental change, and genetic effects of breeding in plants and animals. In the course we also discuss the importance of evolution for man in society.

Prerequisites and selection


Entry requirements: Alternative 1: Approved basic courses in Biology/Molecular Biology 75 hp (BIO900-BIO920). Alternative 2: Approved basic course in Environmental science 15 hp (ES1201), approved basic courses in Biology: BIO915 Ecology and evolution 15 hp, BIO920 Biodiversity and systematics 15 hp and, in addition, either BIO900 Cellbiology 15 hp or BIO905 Molecular genetics 15 hp. Alternative 3: Approved at 90 hp of 120 hp of courses within the first two years of study on the Marine Science Bachelor program (MAR101-112+ NTH001).


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The teaching is mainly conducted at the Zoology house (Medicinaregatan 18 A).

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The teaching is both theoretically and practically oriented, and takes the form of lectures, exercises, laboratory work, excursions/field studies and group work.