Stockholm University

Department of Biology Education

Introduction

Welcome to the Department of Biology Education

The Department of Biology Education is unique at Stockholm University in that we do not have any research, we coordinate the biology education and are almost entirely administrative. Biology was one of the first subjects taught at Stockholm University and both the department as well as several of the teachers have received pedagogical awards.

The Department of Biology Education (BIG) is the only department at Stockholm University that does not have any research. BIG deals exclusively with matters of biology education, coordinating the teaching across the biological research departments. Because BIG mainly employs administrative staff it is likely also the smallest department at Stockholm University. See also Organisation.

Biology was one of the first subjects taught when Stockholm University was founded as lectures in botany and zoology were held in the spring of 1879. The first full-time teacher at the university taught zoology. The general biology education began in the 1970's, partly due to new developing fields and partly as a response to changing needs in society and the job market. The new education placed great demands on the coordination between biology departments, and so was created what was to become the Department of Biology Education (BIG).

In 1998 BIG was awarded 'Educational Department of the year'. And several of the teachers on the courses offered at BIG have received the university's Award for Good Teaching:

  • Ki Winbladh, Department of Zoology (1993)
  • Owe Jansson, previously Department of Botany (1996)
  • Tore Bengtsson, previously the Wenner-Gren Institute for Experimental Biology (1999)
  • Gunnel Skoog, Department of Zoology (2002)
  • Margareta Ohné, previously Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology (2007)

Biology studies at BIG

At the Department of Biology Education, we offer high-quality education in which you can develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in close connection to world-leading research. Our courses and programmes cover the breadth of biology from molecular life sciences to ecology. Make biology studies with us part fo your future.

Department of Biology Education is located at the Frescati campus of Stockholm University. Surrounded by nature in the Royal National City Park the campus has excellent public transport connections providing easy and quick access to central Stockholm (see reasons to study in Stockholm, Sweden). A safe, innovative, sustainable and beautiful city; Stockholm is considered one of the world’s most desirable cities in which to study.

Strong research connection

Biology research at Stockholm University is a window into understanding the biological life of our planet. Whether it is aspects of genome biology, greenhouse gas producing Baltic clams, the costs of advanced brains or natural resource management our teachers are active researchers at the forefront of their respective fields. This ensures our courses have a close connection to current research during your studies.

Challenging learning environment

Lectures, seminars, group work and practical laboratory sessions combine to increase both your theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. Our small class sizes allow a lot of opportunities to interact with professors and researchers as well as each other during discussions. You will gain essential skills so that you can critically analyse and apply established methods to current research questions.

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Master

Master in Biology

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s programme in Biology is a great opportunity to gain a broad education and build a course to develop your own direction. You can freely choose courses in biology covering subjects from cell and molecular biology through to ecology and behaviour. There is even the possibility to develop a multidisciplinary education by combining biology with studies in other subjects, including the humanities and social sciences. [+]

Our Master’s programme in Biology is a great opportunity to gain a broad education and build a course to develop your own direction. You can freely choose courses in biology covering subjects from cell and molecular biology through to ecology and behaviour. There is even the possibility to develop a multidisciplinary education by combining biology with studies in other subjects, including the humanities and social sciences.

Reasons to choose The possibility to create your own unique programme A broad education adaptable to many career paths Highly interactive international research and learning environment Programme structure

The Master’s program in Biology gives you the possibility to choose between more than 20 different biology courses covering the entire range of biology subjects offered. For specific courses, you will need to check that you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the course. The flexible nature of the programme allows up to 60 credits of optional courses, which can be courses in other subject areas such as law or economics.... [-]


Master in Ecology and Biodiversity

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity will give you essential knowledge to understand nature’s complex connections and the relationships between species, their environment, and climate. Evolutionary ecology and experimental design are important aspects of a program where you will have opportunities to study empirical ecology in both the field and laboratory. [+]

Our Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity will give you essential knowledge to understand nature’s complex connections and the relationships between species, their environment, and climate. Evolutionary ecology and experimental design are important aspects of a program where you will have opportunities to study empirical ecology in both the field and laboratory.

Reasons to choose Increasingly seminar-based teaching provides many opportunities for interaction and discussions Broad training integrating evolutionary theory with experimental and analytical skills Flexibility to shape your studies to your own interests and career aspirations Program structure

The Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity includes courses covering Evolutionary Ecology, Biodiversity, Experimental Design, and Science in Biological Research and Investigation. There is plenty of space within the program to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective and optional courses so you can pursue a program adapted to your chosen interests and career aims.... [-]


Master in Ethology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s programme in Ethology provides a solid grounding in the entire subject as well as a deeper insight into the latest research. The evolution, genetics and function of behaviour form the foundation from which you will study specific topics, including animal cognition and human behaviour. You will gain skills and experience in research methods and analytical techniques, which open up a wide variety of career possibilities. [+]

Our Master’s programme in Ethology provides a solid grounding in the entire subject as well as a deeper insight into the latest research. The evolution, genetics and function of behaviour form the foundation from which you will study specific topics, including animal cognition and human behaviour. You will gain skills and experience in research methods and analytical techniques, which open up a wide variety of career possibilities.

Reasons to choose Broad education in Ethology suitable for diverse careers involving animal behaviour Excellent opportunities for practical studies in the laboratory and at Tovetorp research station Flexible programme allows you to create your own direction based on your interests Programme structure ... [-]

Master in Genetic and Molecular Plants Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s programme in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science will give you an intimate knowledge of plant biology and plant research. If you are interested in environmental protection, industrial research or want to learn about the opportunities and risks of gene-modified organisms (GMO’s) this is the subject for you. During this two year programme, you will receive a thorough practical training giving you the essential skills to plan and perform your own plant-related research projects. [+]

Our Master’s programme in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science will give you an intimate knowledge of plant biology and plant research. If you are interested in environmental protection, industrial research or want to learn about the opportunities and risks of gene-modified organisms (GMO’s) this is the subject for you. During this two year programme, you will receive a thorough practical training giving you the essential skills to plan and perform your own plant-related research projects.

Reasons to choose Flexibility to structure your own program profile and direction Opportunities to develop an international network of contacts Programme structure

The programme brings together three world-class Swedish universities, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). You will learn about the mechanisms of plant growth and development, gain an understanding of genetic diversity and plant breeding and find out about plant-microbe interactions and how plants interact with their surroundings, including their defence strategies against insects and microorganisms. There is space left within the programme to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective or optional courses.... [-]


Master in Marine Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

On our Master’s programme in Marine Biology, you will learn about the rich marine ecosystems in the Baltic sea and oceans beyond. The programme aims to provide an in-depth theoretical background in marine ecology along with applied practical training, to give you a range of skills and a competitive edge. [+]

On our Master’s programme in Marine Biology, you will learn about the rich marine ecosystems in the Baltic sea and oceans beyond. The programme aims to provide an in-depth theoretical background in marine ecology along with applied practical training, to give you a range of skills and a competitive edge.

Reasons to choose Teaching by internationally renowned researchers Field stations Askö and Tjärnö provide excellent research facilities for practical courses and degree projects Freedom to create your own programme from the broad range of available courses Programme structure

The Master’s programme in Marine Biology has three alternative approaches: Marine ecology, ecotoxicology and tropical marine environments. Broad training within a range of subjects including ecosystem dynamics and marine conservation ecology, spanning systems from the Baltic to the tropics. There is space within the programme for you to choose from a selection of additional elective or optional courses so you can create a programme adapted to your chosen career path.... [-]


Master in Microbiology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s program in Microbiology gives you the opportunity to learn in an environment of world-leading research. You will use cutting-edge methods as you learn about pathogenic microbes, biological diversity, evolution, and biotechnology. Step by step practical and experimental training will equip you cutting-edge laboratory skills and techniques as well as provide up to date knowledge of the field. [+]

Our Master’s program in Microbiology gives you the opportunity to learn in an environment of world-leading research. You will use cutting-edge methods as you learn about pathogenic microbes, biological diversity, evolution, and biotechnology. Step by step practical and experimental training will equip you cutting-edge laboratory skills and techniques as well as provide up to date knowledge of the field.

Reasons to choose Strong focus on building practical laboratory skills and techniques at advanced level Close connection to world-leading research Program structure

The Master’s program in Microbiology aims to provide a complete understanding of the life of microorganisms with courses in microbiology and infection biology. There is plenty of space within the program to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective courses so you can pursue a program adapted to your chosen career path.... [-]


Master in Molecular Life Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s programme in Molecular life sciences offers broad training at the very frontier of research. Molecular life sciences aim is to understand the structure, function and regulation of biological systems from the molecular through to the organismal level. This rapidly growing field, which is currently seeing extensive technological advances and emerging new sub-disciplines open up a broad spectrum of career opportunities. [+]

Our Master’s programme in Molecular life sciences offers broad training at the very frontier of research. Molecular life sciences aim is to understand the structure, function and regulation of biological systems from the molecular through to the organismal level. This rapidly growing field, which is currently seeing extensive technological advances and emerging new sub-disciplines open up a broad spectrum of career opportunities.

Reasons to choose Highly flexible course combinations so you can tailor studies to your own needs and interests International and highly interactive research and learning environment Strong laboratory and experimental focus Programme structure

The Master’s programme offers a selection of courses covering a broad range of subjects within cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, developmental biology, molecular physiology, and immunology. The flexible nature of the programme allows up to 60 credits of optional courses, which can be courses in other subject areas such as law or economics.... [-]


Master in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Our Master’s programme in Socio-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development will introduce you to the complexity of interactions between humans and nature. You will learn how to use resilience thinking as an approach to managing socio-ecological systems and to help you solve real-world problems. [+]

Our Master’s programme in Socio-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development will introduce you to the complexity of interactions between humans and nature. You will learn how to use resilience thinking as an approach to managing socio-ecological systems and to help you solve real-world problems.

Reasons to choose Broad training in methods for studying the complexities of socio-ecological systems Emphasis on how resilience thinking can be applied to solve real-world problems International and highly interactive learning environment where you develop skills and networks Programme structure

Courses in the first year have their emphasis on resilience and reflect the challenges facing society and research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The second year you will gain practical research experience while conducting your degree project.... [-]


Nordic Masters program in Biodiversity and Systematics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm

Be part of the new generation of taxonomists with the expertise and skills to take action against biodiversity loss. On our Master’s programme in Biodiversity and Systematics, you will gain a broad knowledge of living organisms, their relationships and learn specific identification and research skills to be able to follow a career in the conservation of biodiversity for the future. [+]

Be part of the new generation of taxonomists with the expertise and skills to take action against biodiversity loss. On our Master’s programme in Biodiversity and Systematics, you will gain a broad knowledge of living organisms, their relationships and learn specific identification and research skills to be able to follow a career in the conservation of biodiversity for the future.

Reasons to choose Emphasis on gaining practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge Constantly updated courses to reflect the latest research Programme designed to be tailored to individual students career goals Programme structure

The programme is a collaboration between seven Nordic universities and courses are taught as a combination of distance studies and intensive field and lab sessions at different field stations and participating universities. The distance element allows you a lot of flexibility in when and where you conduct your studies. The up to a week-long field and lab sessions give you hands-on experience of methods and deeper insight to biodiversity and systematics research across Sweden and the Nordic countries.... [-]