Syllabus for Summer School in Evolutionary Biology

Sommarskola i evolutionsbiologi

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1BG390
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2010-05-06
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements: Degree on basic level 180 credits with alternative 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry; alternative 2) 90 credits biology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The course is an introduction to the Erasmus Mundus Master in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) and a follow up of the study progress at the start of the second year. After passing the introductory module, the student shall be able to

  • discuss basic principles in evolutionary biology
  • identify research opportunities and possible directions for their degree project
  • create a network for their coming studies.
After passing the second module, the student shall be able to
  • present and defend scientific work (his/her own results if such are available at the time) to an international audience
  • present and critically evaluate scientific literature
  • summarise current topics in evolutionary biology
  • organise a scientific meeting, including choosing and inviting suitable speakers and chairing discussions.


The MEME summer school will train students in exchanging scientific ideas in an international setting, both by presenting their own work and by learning about the work of their fellow students and other scientists (including invited speakers). The course also includes an overview of current trends in evolutionary biology, and introduction to study and mobility options within MEME. The scientific content will be a broad theme in evolutionary biology (e.g. biodiversity, social evolution, sexual selection, host-parasite co-evolution) and will vary from year to year, so that the participants encounter different ideas during the first and second year. Students who join the summer school in their second year will also partake in organising it.


Teaching is given in the form of lectures, excursions, seminars and student presentations.


Modules: First year module (2.5 credits); Second year module (2.5 credits). For a passing grade, active participation in seminars and approved presentations are required.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.