Introduction to Scientific Research, 9 hp

Course number2,2
Max participants40
Application deadline2022-03-16
Course leaderJohn Pettersson;Laia Caja Puigsubirà
DepartmentDepartment of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University
Visiting addressBMC, Husargatan 3
Post addressBox 582, 751 23 Uppsala
DatesWeek 33+34, 40+41+42 Vecka 33+34, 40+41+42 (15-26 Aug + 3-21 Oct)
LocationBMC C8:305 + group / computer rooms
Course length5 weeks of full time work.
Course reportCourse report 
Course plan 



Integrated introductory course containing general and specific information on research studies, biostatistics, philosophy of science, research ethics, and scientific presentation.

Learning outcomes

The aim is to provide the student with a broad basic knowledge (understanding and skill) of some fundamental elements involved in graduate studies and scientific work at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Uppsala University.


The course will be given as lectures on general topics, work shops and as daily group discussions focussing on ethical, statistical and scientific problems. In addition, the students will prepare and present scientific tasks for the whole course audience, thereby initiating general discussions of various aspects of research work.


The language of this course is SWEDISH.

In order to be eligible for the course, you need to be admitted to postgraduate studies, and to have finished the web based course "Introduction to Doctoral Studies", before the course start.

Please note: you may apply to the course before you have become admitted to postgraduate studies, and before you have finished the web based course "Introduction to Doctoral Studies". However, applicants to the course are ranked based on their date of admittance to postgraduate studies according to Uppdok (Ladok).

Admission notification will come 1-2 weeks after the application deadline, by e-mail.

The ISR course may be chosen instead of the compulsory courses 3-5.

Please note that even if you previously have done courses or obtained knowledge corresponding to any of the different subjects of ISR: (Research Ethics and Philosophy of Science, Scientific Presentation, and Introduction to Biostatistics), you still need to participate full time to pass the ISR course. The different subjects are integrated and cannot be separated.
If you already have obtained such knowledge as mentioned above, you may apply for an exemption and instead of ISR, take the shorter obligatory courses that cover the subject(s) that you need.


In order to meet the course requirements the student is expected to be present at all scheduled lectures, group discussions, and to actively participate in the presentations and the subsequent general discussions. Attendance is MANDATORY and unauthorized absence from any of the scheduled events will lead to failure to pass the course.


In previous courses, statistics has proven to be a hurdle to some students. Therefore, if your previous statistical training was some time ago, you are strongly recommended to obtain the course literature: Medical Statistics at a Glance”, 3rd edition, authors: Aviva Petrie Caroline Sabin, ISBN: 9781405180511 Wiley-Blackwell.

Teaching staff

Johan Bring, Manuel Guerrero, Stefan Eriksson, Ulf Eriksson, Mats G. Hansson, Christer Lagvik, Gunnar Larfors, Peter Lind, Sue Pajuluoma, David Wiggins and others.

More information

Laia Caja Puigsubirà
Course Administrator
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology
Box 582, Husargatan 3
SE-751 23 Uppsala

Tel: 0734697202

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