Doctoral Education

Education on doctoral level at the Department of Dental Medicine is an interdisciplinary education and research leading to a doctoral or licentiate degree. Doctoral studies may be pursued on a full- or halftime basis (50% minimum). Every doctoral student writes an individual study plan together with a supervisor. The needs and interests of the PhD-student should thus be included in the research plan of the future supervisor.

Course requirements and elements are outlined in the general syllabus for medical science.

In accordance with the objectives of Karolinska Institutet, we strive to produce a high quality research education. After graduation, our students can pursue a scientific career in academic, clinical and industrial sectors.

Generally, to be awarded a Degree of Doctor takes 4 years full time studies, and to be awarded a Degree of Licentiate takes two years of full time studies. The doctoral progress is reviewed continuously through half time reviews, annual follow ups based on presentations of research projects and state-of-the-art literature within the field. The doctoral student is expected to start with practical research already during the first year. 


Margaret Sällberg Chen, study director for the doctoral education

Heli Vänskä, study administrator.

Our main research fields:

  • Clinical Odontology and Diagnostics
  • Oral Biology and Medicine
  • Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
  • Orofacial Neuroscience

Are you interested in doctoral education?

If you are interested in becoming a doctoral student at the Department of Dental Medicine, please contact the subject representative within the field of research you are interested in to find out whether there are any available doctoral positions or not.

It is important that you have funding for the whole education, i.e. four years. Some of our doctoral projects are financed by an external employer, for example a county council or a foreign university or CSTP (Clinical scientist training program) program (the latter is for KI students only)

Available doctoral positions are announced here.

For supervisors

Schematic description of doctoral recruitment:

Identification of needs – (Admissions Board) – Review group – Head of department makes a decision –anouncement of the position or direct recruitment -  Admissions Board – Registration – Emplouyment

Application of preview of doctoral position is sent to Heli Vänskä together with a research plan.

More on the admission procedure at KI here.


The applicants must meet the general and specific entry requirements:

1. have been awarded a second-cycle qualification,

 2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or

 3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.

See also the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7.