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Science in Biological Research and Investigation

  • 7.5 credits

Science has a special standing in society. Is it justified? What, if anything, is it that makes science special? In this course you will study various attempts to understand the nature of science, how scientific knowledge is shaped in practice, and how it is used outside the academy.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.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

Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.

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 qualified with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register. If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you submit a rebate as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course.

Starting in the autumn term, we will make a partial return to campus-based teaching, to the degree possible. Compulsory teaching will to a large extent be given on campus, adapted according to the guidelines of the Public Health Authority. Parts of the teaching will be given online to reduce the spread of infection. Read more about the teaching at BIG in autumn 2020.

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 documented in University admissions and/or Ladok.

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

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

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact the study counsellor.

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.

Please note that most courses start with a compulsory roll call, see the schedule here on the courses page for more details.

Registration periods in autumn 2020:

  • Registration for all courses opens August 25th.
  • For courses beginning August 31, registration closes August 30.
  • For courses that start later in the semester, registration closes one week before the course starts.
  • 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.

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Traineeship and research traineeship

If you have been accepted or placed as a reserve in one of our traineeship or research traineeship courses, you should contact the examiner for the course (see "Course structure" on this page), 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 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.

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Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. Reserve admission mainly takes place in connection with the roll call on the first day of the course. 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. 

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Painting of Plato and Aristotle discussing the ideal and the material

Knowledge based on "science" is often considered to be more reliable, but what exactly does this mean? The course will take up various aspects of what good science is and how the scientific process is carried out in practice, both in academic research and in investigations outside of the university world.

During the first part of the course, we will discuss some different attempts to describe and understand science, and what makes it stand out compared to other means of gaining knowledge, with the goal that you should be able to formulate an own, informed take on the merits and limitations of the scientific process.

In the second part of the course, you will study how science is done in practice, as well as how it is used by the society at large. Scientific results or claims are often used in politics, media and advertisements. You will make an in-depth investigation of one such claim, in order to evaluate its scientific merits and potential external agendas. The goal is that you shall develop a solid understanding of how science is used and misused, and of how to check claims of scientific backing.

  • Course structure

    The first part of course will to a large extent be based on discussions around the course book. To make the discussions as rewarding as possible, we will expect that you have read the relevant chapters in advance. Students are expected to complete three shorter assignments, which should be presented orally and in writing.
    The second part of the course mainly consists of a larger written essay, where you will investigate the background of a scientific claim. During this part, there will also be scheduled activities where we will discuss the application of scientific knowledge, inside and outside the scientific field. The essay will also be presented orally.


    1. Theory and Philosophy of Science, 4 hp

    2. The Scientific Process in Practice, 3.5 hp

    Teaching format

    The course consists of one weekly seminar, most of which are mandatory. In addition, students are expected to participate in online discussions on the weekly topics, and to submit four assignments of varying lengths and scope.

    Learning outcomes

    After the course, students are expected to 1) be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important theories regarding the scientific process, 2) be able to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific process in practice, including its limitations, and 3) be able to formulate a well-founded own opinion of what constitutes good science.



    The examination of the first course component (Theory and Philosophy of Science) is based on written and oral reports of Assignment 1-3. Participation in course book discussions is mandatory. All students are also required to post at least one message to each chapter discussion on the Athena forum.
    The examination of the second course component (The Scientific Process in Practice) is based on written and oral presentations of Assignment 4, in addition to participation in mandatory activities.


    Sören Nylin


    Niklas Janz


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