Stockholm university logo, link to start page
Gå till denna sida på svenska webben

Animal Diversity - Invertebrates

The course covers the staggering multitude of invertebrates that make up more than 95% of the animal species.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve. In good time before registration, you must check if you are eligible with conditions (se below). If you have conditions you cannot register. If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you decline your place as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course.

Updated general information about teaching at the Department of Biology Education with regards to the pandemic can be found on the link below. Course specific information can be found in the schedule published on this page latest one month before the course starts. 
Read more about the teaching at BIG in regards to the pandemic

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Conditional admission
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility


Our courses generally apply online registration (for internships and research internships, see below). To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in autumn 2021:

  • Registration for all courses opens 9 August and closes one week before the course starts (temporarily closed the week before start of term).
  • Degree projects at the advanced level are open for registration throughout the semester.

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

On our traineeship courses students are placed as reserves until the workplace and plan are approved. If you have been accepted or placed as a reserve you should contact the examiner for the course (see "Course structure" on this page), and you will then receive a template for writing a work plan. Once you have written the work plan and had it approved by the examiner, we will register you on the course (no online registration). Do not forget to check that you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above).

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course.

Declining your place at

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships or research traineeships see more information above.

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

Find your way on campus

Read more

New student

During your studies

Student unions

For new international students

Pre-departure information

New in Sweden

A thorough survey of the current phylogenetic hypotheses that help making sense of animal diversity is a central theme of the course The course will review data from comparative anatomy, developmental biology, natural history, genetics, genomics, and other fields in order to assess our current understanding of animal evolution. A twelve day field course at a marine lab provides first hand encounters with many of the major animal groups. After the course you will be familiar with the main animal groups, their biology, and current phylogenetic hypotheses detailing their evolution.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Lectures will be on Zoom and material (presentation pdfs) will be available in most cases. In addition we will uses compendia and journal articles.

    There will be a field course held at Tjärnö Marina Laboratorium, Strömstad for about two weeks in November.

    Active participation in group discussions, the field course, submission of a project report and a presentation for the seminar are all compulsory. Teachers can be contacted by email anytime during his/her block of teaching (see schedule for contact information).

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


    There will be a practical test during the field course. The final examination consists of a formal test with questions which will be distributed by e-mail, and the completion of an individual project.


    Ulf Jondelius


    Tel: +46 70 7838711

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Brusca, Moore, Shuster. 2016. Invertebrates 3rd edition. Sinauer Associates.  ISBN 9781605353753.  Other materials will be distributed during the course.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Field course at the Tjärnö Marina Laboratorium

    During the field course you will have the opportunity to participate in sampling trips with R/V Nereus. We will also make excursions to the shore and to freshwater habitats. It is a good idea to bring warm clothing and rain gear. You will also need to bring bed linen.

    Tjärnö has a comprehensive and compulsory meal plan. The cost for all meals from dinner Nov 15 through breakfast Nov 26 is 2 253  SEK to be paid to Stockholm Unversity bankgiro 5050-0206. Please include the reference number 4946017/460/3322 and your name with the payment. Send me an e-mail at if you have dietary requirements, eg. food allergies, vegetarian diet etc. There is no charge for accommodation at
    Tjärnö. Please arrive at Tjärnö in time for dinner at 17.00 on the first day.

    You will need to book and purchase your ticket individually. Ticket costs for the return trip from Stockholm will be reimbursed by the Stockholm University Department of Biology Education upon presentation of receipts/tickets (contact

    Suggested itinerary (2021) if you are travelling from Stockholm on public transportation:
    15 Nov
    Train 425 from Stockholm Central station to Göteborg 08.30-11.35
    Train 3750 from Göteborg Central Station to Strömstad 12.40-15.30
     Bus 891 from Strömstad station to Tjärnö Lovéncentret 16.05-16.28
    26 Nov
    Bus 891 from Tjärnö Lovéncentret to Strömstad station 07.38-08.05
    Bus 871 from Strömstad to Torp 09.20-10.30
    Bus 841 from Torp to Göteborg Central Station 10.35-11.41
    Train 434 from Göteborg C to Stockholm C 12.24-15.26
    (There are other options, see

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)