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Experimental Systems Biology

Master’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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The course Experimental Systems Biology provides a theoretical and practical introduction of advanced working methods in systems biology by using the Synthetic Genetic Array (SGA) analysis as an example. As a student, you will have access to the research infrastructure Large-scale cell-based screening and use the robotic systems to perform the required systems biology experiments for the course.

During the course, you will learn how to design and modify a working protocol, perform a complete SGA experiment and confirm the screening results. You will also learn to create mathematical models of cellular modules for specific metabolic systems. The course also provides in-depth knowledge of how to analyse, summarize and present the screening results to fullfil the requirements for a scientific publication.

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • design and modify systems biology tools for genome-wide genetic analysis
  • have an understanding of how the Synthetic Genetic Array (SGA) approach works in theory and practice
  • conduct SGA experiments and other similar yeast genome-wide screens
  • verify and summarize data acquired from the SGA experiments
  • collect, analyse and interpret genome-wide screening data.


Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, project works as well as laboratory work. In addition, there are lectures and group activities that provide a deeper understanding of scientific writing. All scheduled events except lectures are mandatory.

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 to have passed BIO406 Advanced Functional Genomics and participated in BIO403 Advanced bioinformatics. 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

Experimental Systems Biology is a course in biology at an advanced level. The course is included in the Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology. The course can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

Knowledge and skills in systems biology can be useful to enter workplaces such as universities, schools, research institutes, innovation companies or pharmaceutical companies. You can also work with food science, environmental science, with the public administration or in clinical laboratories.


Lectures, seminars and presentations will take place in lecture halls on Campus Medicinareberget and Campus Johanneberg. Laboratory and computer-based work will be performed at the Lundberg Laboratory, Medicinaregatan 9C, Campus Medicinareberget.