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Biological Rhythms



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-31 - 2020-12-03
Entry level Bachelor

Course content

This course focuses on biological timekeeping (chronobiology) in animals, covering time-scales from hours to years. It covers the eco-evolutionary and biomedical importance of innate timing processes, the formalisms necessary for their study and the physiological mechanisms through which biological timekeeping is achieved.


Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and skills:

  • The key principles and intellectual formalisms of chronobiology 
  • The evolutionary origins and ecological importance of biological timekeeping, and its relevance in biomedical contexts 
  • The mechanistic basis to biological timekeeping at levels from the genetics to the whole organism  

General skills:

  • Understanding the process of generating scientific knowledge 
  • Science communication, orally and in writing 
  • Review and extraction of relevant information from scientific research papers 
  • Critical analysis of scientific literature  
  • Presentation of scientific content clearly and in logical order while using language appropriate for the audience and occasion 
  • Proposing, discussing and evaluating hypotheses 


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