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Research training and projects including laboratory animal science

HV0197 Research training and projects including laboratory animal science, 15.0 Credits

Forskningsmetoder och projekt inklusive försöksdjurskunskap

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Research methodology 6.50 1002
Project work 7.00 1003
Laboratory Animal Science 1.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

• 180 credits at first cycle level

• 30 credits biology at second cycle level
or 30 credits animal science at second cycle level
or 30 credits veterinary medicine at second cycle level

• English 6


The objectives of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of applied research methodology and scientific methods, as well as to independently train scientific review and assessment of experimental design. The course includes laws and regulations concerning the use of animals for scientific purposes.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- independently plan and design a scientific study in animal science, biology or food science,
- discuss and critically evaluate experimental design and methods for data collection in own and others’ experimental plans,
- orally in English present a scientifically substantiated experimental plan to a defined target group,
- independently plan and lead seminars with a focus on assessment of experimental design and interpretation of data,
- perform practical skills and account for knowledge of practical experimental steps linked to a specific research methodology,
- account for laws and regulations as well as ethical issues regarding the use of animals for scientific purposes,
- explain how the 3Rs (Replace, Reduce and Refine) can be applied when using animals in research and what is meant by a caring culture,
- explain how housing, management and experimental methodology can affect experimental animals and research results.


The course contains elements where the student can practice the skills required to carry out a research project. The student must independently plan and complete an experimental plan that can later be used in an independent work / degree project. In seminars, students will discuss scientific papers based on assessment of experimental design and interpretation of data. The students must also orally present their experimental plans in English to the course participants. The course also provides students with basic knowledge regarding legislation and regulations when using experimental animals. The course includes handling exercises of live animals.

The course includes practical skills training or theoretical in-depth study of skills linked to research elements in the student’s specific projects. Practical skills training can be carried out on your own initiative in a research environment outside SLU.

In addition to the written and oral examination, there are compulsory parts within e.g. seminars, presentations and practical skills training.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course presupposes that the student can propose its own research project to work on. The student is expected to take personal responsibility in planning and carrying out the practical training in the course.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0197 Application code: SLU-20009 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%