Collaboration with South Africa: Doctoral Education

Karolinska Institute and Stellenbosch University have established a joint doctoral programme. The agreement is primarily between KI and The Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

The joint Phd programme means that doctoral students carry out their doctoral education at both institutions with supervisors from both Stellenbosch University and Karolinska Institutet.  

The first admitting university, either KI or Stellenbosch University will be identified as the student's home university, but students will register at both universities according to each university's admission process. The students' research projects are performed as collaborative projects between KI and SU with supervisors at both universities.

A minimum period of one year over the full period is required at each Partner Institution. The programme concludes with the doctoral student receiving a doctoral degree from both universities. Conferment of the degree will be made by both Partner Institutions in accordance with national regulations, issued as separate degree certificates.

Incoming Students to KI

Courses at KI

As a PhD student you need to attain a certain number of course credits. As most courses have a limited number of places, remember to apply in time.

The department giving the course is responsible for entering credit points in LADOK. Each department has a LADOK administrator. (LADOK is a national system to document presence and results of students in higher education.)

External courses

External courses might be considered for course credits at KI. Please contact the study director at KI department. The director decides what courses can be considered equivalent to courses accepted at KI, and will in turn give the information to the LADOK administrator at the department.


Incoming students should apply for housing as early as possible. Contact Karolinska Institutet Housing for more information.



International coordinator

Johanna Ackemar

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 867 89
Organizational unit: Faculty Office and International Relations

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