Summer Course in Medical Science (1QA017), 10,5 ECTS

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The Summer Course in Medical Science/Sommarkurs i medicinsk forskning is a research-preparatory course open to students enrolled in First-cycle (undergraduate) programs at Karolinska Institutet. The goal of the course is to introduce students to research early during their education. The course provides students with the opportunity of carrying out a defined research project under the supervision of a scientist. By fostering curiosity for medical research, the course seeks to encourage students’ future pursuit of a doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet.

The summer course runs from June to August for a total of 7 weeks. It starts off with an introductory week in June, with lectures covering a range of basic topics, such as hypothesis testing, statistics, presentation techniques, doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet, and how to write a scientific paper. Thereafter, students take part in a 6-week research project at a department at Karolinska Institutet. The project is done together with a supervisor who is also responsible for the student throughout the project period. The course ends in August with research presentations during which students give both oral and poster presentations of their summer project work. Students enrolled in the course are entitled to receive a research stipend, in addition to being eligible for Student Aid (studiemedel) from CSN. Supervisors are entitled to a bench-fee.


The Application

The deadline for application is February 15, 2016. A decision of acceptance is sent out to students in the beginning of April.

All the necessary information needed for submitting a complete application can be found in the Application Form, linked below.

Download the application form here (word file)

The student’s personal motivation for applying to the course is of major importance in the overall assessment of the application. A solid track record of completed course credits is also important. Furthermore, priority may be given to applicants who are in the beginning of their undergraduate training. Students already receiving financial support for doing a research project are not prioritized.

The Student

You need to be a First-cycle (undergraduate) student at Karolinska Institutet to be eligible to apply. At the time of submission, you also need to have accumulated a minimum of 30 ECTS (30 högskolepoäng) from an undergraduate program organized at a medical faculty. The research stipend is set at 10 000 SEK/month. The stipend is paid out according to the guidelines set by the Vice-Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet. The course arranges the payment of the stipend. Students accepted to the course are also eligible to apply for Student Aid (studiemedel) from CSN, but need to look to these arrangements on their own.


The Supervisor

Students interested in applying for the course are strongly encouraged to contact a supervisor as early as possible. To have identified a supervisor at the time of submission is a merit for the application, but this is not a requirement for acceptance to the course.

It is required that the supervisor is formally affiliated to, and has a project account at Karolinska Institutet. The main supervisor should have a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.), but Ph.D. students can also function as supervisors during the summer as long as a researcher with a Ph.D. plays an active role in the planning of the project and in the evaluation of the student’s written report.

It is advised that the student and supervisor meet, discuss and outline a preliminary project as early as possible. The student must receive supervision throughout the duration of the project. In the event that a student is accepted to the course, the supervisor is responsible for sending in a project proposal (see Project, below). The supervisor is entitled to a bench-fee of 11259 SEK.


The Project

It is very important to limit the extent of the project so that it can be completed during approximately 6 weeks. Note that at least 1 week of the project time may be needed for preparation of the poster and the oral presentation (see Project Evaluations, below). The introductory week of lectures at the beginning of the course and the presentation days at the end, are both mandatory events; they are not to be used for doing the research project.

If the student is accepted to the course, then the supervisor is responsible for submitting a brief project proposal to the Director of Studies. The project proposal should include a general description of the work to be done during the summer. It should also specify the student’s participation in the project and provide a timeline for the project. We encourage supervisors and students to write the project proposal together.


Project Evaluations

At the end of the course, each student holds a brief (7-10 min) presentation to his colleges where the project and results obtained are disclosed. The student also prepares and defends a poster with his results during a designated poster session. Finally, the student has to submit a written report of his findings in the format of a scientific manuscript. The deadline for submitting this report extends beyond the last day of the course. It is very important that the supervisor gives feedback to the student on the presentation, the poster and notably, the written report.


The course is given entirely in English.


For more information please contact:


Educational administrator

Annika Carlsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 868 39
Organizational unit: Education

Director of Studies

Senior researcher

Antonio Gigliotti Rothfuchs

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 852 52
Organizational unit: Martin Rottenberg group