Syllabus for Population Genomics



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG508
  • 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 (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2015-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-10-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    Completed courses of 150 credits including (1) 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or 30 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in biology. In both cases, an advanced course in evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genetics, ecology or limnology worth 15 credits is also required. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The main idea behind the course is to cover in more depth a few major topics that the students have seen in previous courses.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • discuss major evolutionary questions (e.g. speciation, local adaptation, evolution of mating systems) and be able to put them into context.
  • present and discuss key concepts and results in population genomics
  • plan and carry out an experiment to test hypotheses related to the topics covered during the course
  • use data analysis methods related to the topics discussed during the course (e.g. Approximate Bayesian Computation, diffusion-based methods).


Lectures and tutorials covering research in population genomics carried out at EBC. During a project the students will analyse data, write the outline of computer programs and do literature review/meta-analyses.


The course comprises lectures and tutorials. The tutorials include sets of exercises, computer assignments, discussion and presentation of articles.


Modules: Theory 7 credits; Tutorials 3 credits; Project work 5 credits.

The theory part is examined through a written examination and seminars. The seminars require active participation. The laboratory sessions require active participation and approved laboratory reports. The project work is examined both orally and with the written report.

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

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Nielsen, Rasmus; Slatkin, Montgomery. An introduction to population genetics : theory and applications

    Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, c2013

    Find in the library