Doctoral/third level education at BioNut

Doctoral/third level education in Sweden normally requires a total of four years full-time studies. At Karolinska Institutet, there is no general admission to doctoral education. All admission procedures are handled on the department level and decision on admission is taken by the head of department.

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Formalities Concerning Graduate Studies at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition in a Nutshell

General information (rules, forms for registration, mandatory annual follow up, half time seminar, application to defend thesis, etc) about graduate studies at Karolinska Institutet is at

Study director and administrator

Graduate studies: Lennart Nilsson; administrator: Monica Ahlberg

Summary of local rules


The admissions board currently meets twice/semester. In the public registration seminar (20 minutes+5 minutes questions/discussion), which is given in English immediately before the board meeting, you present your project plan. Usually there are 2-4 seminars each time.

The application should be handed in two weeks before the board meeting.

You (student+supervisor) appoint an expert in the field (PhD independent from the project) to read the application, and to be present at the registration seminar and at the board meeting. The name and address of the expert should be provided together with your application. You also make sure that the expert gets the application and that she/he comes to the registration seminar and the board meeting.

Admissions Board for doctoral education

The Admissions Board of the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition is responsible for processing applications, organising and evaluating admissions seminars, and for proposing suitable applicants to the head of department for final decision.

In the public admissions seminar (20 minutes+5 minutes questions/discussion), which is given in English immediately before the board meeting, applicants present their project plans. After the discussion, board members meet separately to decide on a recommendation to the head of department.

Members of the admission board


Director of Doctoral Education: Lennart Nilsson


Faculty representatives


Doctoral student representatives




Admissions Board meetings

Time Location Leave application to Monica Ahlberg on
September 19 at 9:00 RED seminar room September 5
November 28 at 9:00 RED seminar room November 14

Minutes from previous meetings




All forms needed for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet in English or Swedish:

Activity report

As a doctoral student at BioNut you should report your activity every semester, at the latest June 30 and Dec 30 to Monica Ahlberg, LADOK administrator. Find the activity report form at the end of this page.

BioNut Half-time reviews and Dissertations

Upcoming Half-time reviews and dissertations should be announced in the KI Calendar. Send an e-mail with your information to Marie Franzén.

Doctoral education