Informatics Toolbox for Systematics, 5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Distance learning

    Start date: 27 February 2024

    End date: 19 March 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-67405 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Flexible

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Number of mandatory meetings on campus: 0

    Number of voluntary meetings on campus: 0

    Registration: 30 January 2024 – 26 February 2024

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 including either Fundamental and Molecular Systematics 10 credits or the two courses Evolutionary Processes 15 credits and participation in Evolutionary Patterns 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

Regardless of what area of biology you work in, you will be swamped by data and information, and some computer and data processing skills will be useful. This course gives you hands-on instructions and experience with three popular and open tools (Perl, MySQL, R) that are widely used: how to install and configure them, and how to use them together to solve real biological problems from data handling to final graph. The course is aimed at the kind or problems encountered in systematics, but the problems are quite generally encountered, e.g., handling large amounts of sequence data, alignments, public databases, and phylogenetic trees.

Outline for distance course: The course has no mandatory meeting. Teaching takes place through Zoom meetings/lectures, email and various course forums. Access to a computer with a stable internet connection and a web camera is required. The exam is web-based.

More information


Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyvägen 14 / BMC A8:1

Norbyvägen 14, 752 36 UPPSALA/Box 592, 751 24 UPPSALA


Martin Ryberg