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Evolutionary Genomics

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

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

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The course in Evolutionary Genomics is suitable for you who

  • is fascinated by the explosion in genome data
  • wants to learn how to analyse, interpret and understand DNA sequences
  • wonders why cells, individuals and species differ, and what it means.

You will learn

  • population genetics to understand genetic differences within and between populations
  • molecular evolution to interpret small sequence differences in DNA, RNA and proteins
  • phylogeny to investigate the relationship between species, populations and genes
  • genome evolution to understand large changes in the genome.

You will learn to handle, interpret and understand large sets of DNA data and tell which differences are good, bad and neutral.

The course will also deal with subjects such as the genetic history of man, the Neanderthal inside you, speciation, cancer, antibiotics resistance, jumping genes and the never-ending conflict between X- and Y-chromosomes.


The course gives you theoretical and practical skills in DNA sequence analysis. It consists of

  • lectures where you learn the most important things in population genetics, molecular evolution, phylogeny and genome evolution.
  • scientific articles on human evolution and adaptation which you will present.
  • problem solving exercises to teach you how to address common problems in evolutionary genomics.

If you lack previous experience of computational sciences, you will first learn the basics of programming and then proceed with learning fundamental DNA sequence analysis. You will also learn experimental evolution and to study evolutionary changes in microbes in a course lab.

All teaching 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. The courses BIO406 Advanced Functional genomics, BIO403 Advanced Bioinformatics, BIO555 Genetics or BIO210 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics is recommended, and at least 30 credits in Chemistry. 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 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.

After graduation

The course in Evolutionary Genomics is included in the Master’s programme in Genomics and Systems Biology. It can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

This course is for students who want to work in biological or medical fields where DNA change and variation is central. Evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genomics, diagnostics, cancer genetics and medical genetics are some examples. DNA data becomes also increasingly important in, for instance, crime scene investigations, conservation biology and biotechnology.

The job market is large and expands rapidly. Alumni from the course work, among others, in the pharmaceutical, food, biotech, diagnostics, software development and education sector. Many do research in biology, medicine, mathematics or computer science.


The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget. You will do your laboratory work and computer exercises at Lundberg Laboratory, Medicinaregatan 9C.

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