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,
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.
Microbial ecology in the gut,
3 credits
Students will learn about principles for ecology of microbial communities in the gastrointestinal tract, interactions with the host in health and disease as well as the methodologies used to study the ecosystem. The course is tailored for a broad audience and will include translational aspects.
Food ethics,
3 credits, 4.5 credits
The course presents an overview of ethical theory and an introduction to food ethics issues and literature. The structural backbone of the course is the four steps of the food chain – production, distribution, consumption and waste. Insights and challenges of these steps are discussed through themes such as food security, sustainable development, meat eating and genetic modification.
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.
Flow cytometry, cell analysis and sorting,
5.0 credits
Course contents include basic components of flow cytometers and confocal laser scanning microscopes, interpretation of data from flow cytometry software, and the principles of cell sorting. After the course students shall be able to apply flow cytometry in their research.

Postgraduate courses at UU

Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy

Comparative reproductive endocrinology,
5 days
Course subjects cover reproductive endocrinology in various species, both sexes, different developmental stages, and gestation. Comparative aspects of reproductive endocrinology in humans and animals are an important part of the course
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.
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.
Methods in Metabolomics and Metabolism Analysis,
3 credits
The course is intended for Ph.D. students with broad educational background and interest in metabolism and metabolomics-based research, and will provide knowledge and practical skills in small molecule/drug metabolism and metabolomics research. The course contents include qualitative and quantitative investigation of small molecule metabolites and/or drugs in complex biological matrices as well as sample preparation and sample detection.
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 minimum level of competence, decided by the board of the Nordic consortium for laboratory animal science.

External courses

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.