Admission to doctoral studies at FyFa

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This page describes the process of becoming a registered doctoral student at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

There is no general admission to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet. All admission procedures are handled at the department level.

There are, however, general rules established by Karolinska Institutet for admission to doctoral education. The admission procedure for doctoral education at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is carried out according to those rules.

Admission seminars at FyFa

To be formally admitted as a doctoral student at FyFa, you need to present your doctoral research project at an admission seminar at the department. Admission seminars are held at FyFa four times per year; twice in the autumn and twice in the spring.

Admission seminars at FyFa autumn 2016

  • 6 October, at 9:00, Pharmacology library, Nanna Svartz väg 2
  • 22 November, at 13:00, Pharmacology library, Nanna Svartz väg 2

Admission seminars at FyFa spring 2017

  • 15 February, at 12.30, Pharmacology Library, Nanna Svartz väg 2
  • 11 May, at 8.30, Pharmacology Library, Nanna Svartz väg 2

Your presentation at the seminar should be about 15 minutes long, in English, followed by a question and answer session where the FyFa Admissions Board poses questions to the applicant. Total time for your seminar is 30 minutes. The supervisor shall be present at the seminar.

The FyFa Admissions Board consists of the FyFa directors of doctoral studies, researcher representatives and doctoral student representatives at the department.

Apply for admission

Before applying for admission, you and your main supervisor should contact Head of Department Stefan Eriksson to discuss your interest of doctoral studies at FyFa.  Please note that as of 1 April 2016, all main supervisors must have passed the web course for doctoral supervisors within 5 years of a new student admission.

After having an agreement from the Head of Department, apply for admission to doctoral studies by submitting an application for admission to the FyFa educational administrator, in advance of the admission seminar.

The application should consist of the completed:

And an agreement between your FyFa supervisor and you, the student:

Application timetable

Form 1, "Application for assessment of eligibility", has to be sent at least five weeks in advance before FyFa's admission seminar. Submit the application to the central administration at KI (the Education Support Office) for decision. The address is found on the form.

A copy of their decision should then be enclosed with the application for admission.

Submit your application

Submit your application to the educational administrator at FyFa at least two weeks before the admission seminar. Please note that your application should be unstapled and printed on single sided paper. 

Educational administrator

Sofia Pettersson

Phone: 08-524 872 29
Visiting address: Course service desk
von Eulers väg 4a, floor 3. 
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 09:30-11:00, and 13:30-14.30. Fri 09:30-12:00 (closed for summer and winter holidays)

After submission of your application

Your application is reviewed to ensure that it is complete and complies with all formalities. If a supplement is required, you will be contacted by the educational administrator.

An invitation to the admission seminar will be sent to you and your main supervisor approximately one week before the seminar.


The Admissions Board's evaluation of the application is held behind closed doors. The Head of the Department at FyFa makes the final decision in consultation with the Admissions Board's recommendation. You and your supervisor will be informed on the decision in writing as soon as possible after the admission seminar.

Introduction day

Newly admitted doctoral students are invited via email to an Introduction day at the department. The date of the introduction day is announced in the FyFa calendar