Welcome to Doctoral Training at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience

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DOCTORAL TRAINING AT CNS - information for PhD students

HOW TO RECRUIT STUDENTS - information for supervisors

Why do a PhD at CNS?

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) is the largest Department at KI when it comes to Doctoral training with over 240 registered PhD students, over 350 employees and over 400 affiliated persons, mostly clinicians. CNS has a good reputation within KI for its quality of teaching and professional administration as we at the department strive constantly to improve quality assurance aspects of doctoral training.

Robert Harris 

Director of Doctoral Training at CNS, Central director for the research education and President of ORPHEUS. He is the first recipient of KI’s pedagogical prize in 2014 for impact on doctoral training with the following motivation:

“Robert Harris has conducted the work with implementing an educational perspective to the research education at KI. He has continuously worked for, and strengthened, the supervisors’ knowledge regarding pedagogical thinking, the learning process, the learning goals and learning activities”


Doctoral Training within CNS offers research training leading to either a PhD or Licentiate exam. Doctoral Training can be conducted either full-time or part-time (minimum 50%) for a 4-year (or equivalent time) period and can be obtained in both clinical and basic research topics at the department. 

There are 12 main areas of specialisation:

Clinical Drug Abuse and Dependence Neuroimaging               Ophthalmology
Clinical Neurophysiology Neurology Psychiatry
Epidemiology Neuroradiology  Psychology
Experimental Neuroscience Neurosurgery Social medicine

In accordance with the aims of KI, you can expect from CNS to:

  • Receive professional training required to conduct innovative research of high quality
  • Be respected in your role as trainee and for your department to assume ultimate responsibility for your training
  • Be provided the opportunity to become a professional researcher within the academic, clinical or industrial sectors on completion of the training     

In turn, as a PhD student at CNS, you are expected to:

  • Be dedicated to your training programme
  • Be genuinely interested in the science being conducted within your research group
  • Respect the rules and regulations of KI regarding sound ethical research practice, as well as interacting with your closest colleagues in a respectful manner

Educational administrator

Kseniya Hartvigsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 832 37
Organizational unit: Central administration
E-mail: kseniya.hartvigsson@ki.se