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Science in Biological Research and Investigation

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 2023

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 whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

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  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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.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 autumn term 2023 at BIG! Open here, read and let us know if you have any questions.

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. However, it is important that you only register on courses that you do intend to take, or you are taking a place from another student.

Registration period for autumn 2023

Note! In order for us to efficiently be able to help all students, before registering make sure to carefully read our information to admitted students.

  • Registration for all courses opens 7th August and closes Sunday about a week before the course starts (all courses close temporarily 18th August, courses starting period b to D will reopen a few days later).
  • Traineeships, research traineeships and degree projects are open for registration throughout the semester (see more information in the link above).

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office latest on the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on 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. In which case you must confirm that you want the place by attending the reserve roll call for each course. For traineeships, research traineeships and degre projects see more information in the link above.

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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 weekly seminars, 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

    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.


    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


  • 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.

    Will be made available at course start.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level