Medical research takes place mainly at the Faculty of Health Sciences, which is the faculty of medicine, while research in natural sciences, for example, is situated primarily at the Linköping Institute of Technology, which is the faculty of engineering and science.
Research at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology is highly relevant to many social issues — from the use of genetic technology that modifies characteristics of various organisms to animal welfare issues and the preservation of biodiversity.
From its start in 1986, the Faculty of Health Sciences has been a forerunner regarding new innovations in medical and nursing education. Problem-based learning was introduced as a teaching strategy, and different educational programmes — clinical and theoretical, undergraduate and research — were integrated.
Linköping University has 2600 undergraduate students, around 1300 research/postgraduate students, and 3500 employees. The Ethical Committee on Animal Experiments in Linköping addresses the issues concerning the use of laboratory animals. Various advisory groups are available for questions related to specific activities.