Postgraduate education

As part of promoting an increased research collaboration some of U-Share’s activities are directed at the future scientist – postgraduate students at our universities.


Both UU and SLU have a range of courses at the advanced or postgraduate level that might be of interest for doctoral student at the other university. See information below about available courses.

Postgraduate courses at SLU

Postgraduate courses at UU

Please note that the lists contain courses that might not be given every semester/year. Therefore some links go to courses in previous semesters. Lists of courses in different semesters can be found at the Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy. Postgraduate courses at SLU can be found on their search page.

Postgraduate courses at SLU

Course name Contents
Genome analysis,
10 credits
Methods for studies on prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, including domestic animals, and advanced knowledge of genome organization and genome evolution.
Pharmacodynamics from an in vivo perspective,
5 credits
The course aims at studying the factors determining the onset, intensity and duration of a pharmacodynamic response in vivo in addition to comparative studies on within and between individual variability in the pharmacological response in animals and man.v
Animal ethics,
4.5 credits
The course is structured in two parts: Section A (3 ECTS) which gives an overview of e.g. differences between ethics and legislation, elements in ethical argumentation, relation between animal science and animal ethics, and an introduction to relevant issues e.g. historical and societal overview of human-animal interaction, reasons for human use of animals, ethical aspects of this use in terms of un/necessary suffering, integrity, responsibilities, limits, interests, behaviour and needs (for both humans and animals). Section B (1,5 ECTS) contains a writing task, preferably on an ethical issue in the participant’s own project.
Animal assisted intervention,
3 credits
The course presents how animals are used to help humans in Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), major scientific research results on the behavioural and physiological effects on humans in an AAI programme as well as the effects on animals when they are used in AAI.
Laboratory animal science,
1.5 credits
Laws and regulations and how to apply for the permissions and the keeping of journals required by law. Ethics, ethical evaluation and how to write an ethical application. Experimental planning and alternative methods. Stress, pain, pain treatment and well-being.
Molecular infection biology,
3 credits
Adresses molecular aspects of infection biology from a broad perspective. The course is tailored for a broad audience and will include translational aspects. This course is given to show students how to take inspiration from several different disciplines and techniques and apply it to their own infection biology research
Reproductive toxicology,
2 credits
Contents include: toxicological principles, mechanisms of action for reproductive toxicants including endocrine disrupting chemicals, mixture toxicity, cause-effect relationships between chemical exposure and reproductive disorders, male reproductive toxicity, female reproductive toxicity, development reproductive toxicity, regulatory toxicology, chemical exposure (humans, wildlife), ethics.
Introduction to bioinformatics,
7 credits, 10 credits
The course aims to give the student a solid foundation in the basic methods of bioinformatics. It will cover the theories, algorithms and practical applications of computer-based methods for analysis of DNA sequences and protein structures.
Epigenetics and reproduction,
1.5  credits
The aim of the course is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of epigenetic modifications and how they influence gene regulation in relation to reproduction. Comparative aspects of epigenetic modifications in humans and animals will be covered as well as ethical aspects.
Sperm quality evaluation,
2 credits
The course covers the following fields: the concept of sperm quality, what it is and why it is needed in different situations; how it is evaluated from basic field laboratory to advanced research setting; how it is used for different species; pitfalls in sperm quality evaluation; how it can be improved in the future.

Postgraduate courses at UU

Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy

Advanced molecular technology and instrumentation for proteome analyses,
12 days
The aim of the course is to introduce scientists to novel and advanced technologies for proteome analysis offering powerful tools in basic research and diagnostics. Both affinity- and non-affinity-based methods for protein detection will be covered. Mass spectrometry will be used for unbiased and high-throughput protein discovery and characterization, different variants of proximity ligation assays (PLAs) will be used, and the participants will be introduced to histopathology methods.
Introduction to image analysis software,
5 days
This course is aiming at those starting to analyze scientific images or are familiar with it and want an introduction to often used software packages. The course covers lectures and hands-on sessions for ImageJ, IMARIS and Cell Profiler Huygens.
Molecular epidemiology,
10 days
Molecular epidemiology aims to identify genetic and environmental risk factors at the molecular level to study the etiology, distribution and prevention of disease within families and across populations. Contents include: metabolites, proteins and other molecules that influence the risk of developing disease; genetic epidemiology with a focus on genomics of common diseases, the use of biomarkers in epidemiological studies; practical training on genetic association studies; overview of useful bioinformatics tools and databases, translational genomics.
Methods for Cell Analysis,
8 days
The course is based on a lecture series and practical hands on sessions and provides both an overview and in-depth knowledge about the recent technologies in the field of light microscopy, image analysis, electron microscopy, flow cytometry and cells sorting
Health Innovation - an interdisciplinary approach,
5 credits, (part-time over 15 weeks)
The course aims to provide PhD students with knowledge of - and insight into – how innovative processes work and how innovative thinking can be implemented in interdisciplinary teams to solve problems. The focus is on innovations that meet needs in the healthcare sector. The aim is also to offer meetings and create interdisciplinary networks and contacts with entrepreneurs and organizations involved in innovation support.
Laboratory Animal Science – This online education in Laboratory Animal Science aims to comply with EU and Swedish legislation regarding the protection of animals used for research purposes. The contents of the species specific courses give you theoretical knowledge specific to the indicated species. The completion of the online eduction is a prerequisite for access to train your practical skills. The contents of the practical part of the education is set to an agreed minimun level of competence, decided by the board of the Nordic consortium for laboratory animal science.

External course e.g at SciLifeLab

Introduction to genome annotation,
1 credit (3 days)
The course is aimed at researchers that are involved in on-going or upcoming genome projects and wish to deepen their understanding of the various forms of data and computational steps required to achieve a comprehensive annotation. The focus of the course will be on non-model eukaryote organisms, and in particular the structural annotation of protein coding genes.
1 credit (3 days)
This course will cover both theoretical and hands-on exposure to current topics in RNA-seq analysis. Lectures from experts in RNA-seq and biostatistics will cover a range of cutting-edge issues and an extensive case study in the computer lab will familiarize you with concepts of mapping, quality control of your RNA-seq data, de novo assembly, assembly using a reference, differential expression analysis and downstream enrichment analysis.
De novo genome assembly,
1 credit (3 days)
The course is mostly aimed at researchers getting into their first de novo genome assembly project, but will also include information of use for the more experienced researcher. We will cover assembly of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes (see our sister course in metagenomics for assembly of mixed/environmental samples) and spend a lot of time on learning how to run the analyses in hands-on computer exercises.
1 credit, (3 days)
During the course the participants will be brought up to date with the current state-of-the-art in the rapidly emerging field of environmental genomics, including metagenomics and single cell genomics. The course will focus on computational methods for assembly and functional annotation of environmental genomics data.
Research ethics for medicine and the life sciences,
4 credits (on-line course)
This training will develop your own ability to identify ethical aspects of your work, and to do something about them. Topics include: Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership; Mentor/trainee responsibilities; Publication ethics & peer review; Collaboration in research; Biosafety and biosecurity; Research involving human subjects; Research involving animals; The scientist in society; Research misconduct; Conflicts of interest and commitment; Scientific and professional values.