Postgraduate studies at MMK

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The Department conducts post-graduate studies in several fields of research in Medical Science. We currently have approximately 150 graduate students.

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Postgraduate education at Karolinska Institutet (aiming for either a licentiate or Ph.D. degree) is largely based on the student's personal research project, which is complemented with courses and clearly specified knowledge requirements. It requires normally a total of fours years' full-time postgraduate education to acquire a Ph.D. degree. 

Education is open to Swedish and foreign students.


A prospective graduate student at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery will be approved by the Department Admission Board. In good time (at least two weeks) before the Admission Board Meeting, send an application for admission. Each application is to include:

  • A certificate of general eligibility, Form 1
  • An application to be admitted onto a postgraduate programme, Form 2
  • An individual study plan, Form 3
  • Finance certificate
  • Research plan

The Head of Department takes decisions on admissions based on the Admissions Board´s assessment of each application and on the outcome of the admission seminar

Form 1 - General eligibility
Form 2 - Application for admission to postgraduate studies
Form 3 - Individual study plan
Instruction to form 3
Rules and general syllabus
Intended Learning Outcomes, information
Recommendation for the research plan design 
Finance certificate 

Please send the application to Ann-Britt Wikström, L1:00 or Katarina Breitholtz, L1:03 at least two weeks before Admission Board Meeting.

Admission Board Members

ChairmanRobert Bränström / Per Wretenberg, Directors of Studies

Supervisor representative

Magnus Nordenskjöld Clinical Genetics
Catharina Lavebratt Neurogenetics

Ida Nilsson


Lennart Blomqvist Diagnostic Radiology
Jan van der Linden

Thoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

Claes-Göran Östenson

Diabetes Type 2

Lisa Juntti Berggren Signal Transduction
Sophie Bensing Experimental and Clinical Neuroendocrinology
Charlotta Ryk Urology
Peter Gustavsson Clinical Genetics
Anna Wikman Unit of Upper Gastrointestinal Research
Emma Tham Clinical Genetics

PhD representatives 

Karin Åvall Signal Transduction
Karin Luttropp Neurogenetics
Maria Westin Sports Medicine
Vasilios Zachariadis Clinical Genetics
Philip Tannenberg Vascular Surgery
Anders Hansson Elliot Colorectal surgery
Called in  
Martin Bäckdahl Chairman
Therese Kindåker Chief administrator
Ann-Britt Wikström Study administrator
Katarina Breitholtz Study administrator
Britt-Marie Witasp Economy administrator

Admission Board Meetings

Date Time Venue Closing date for application
January 28 15:30 L1:03 January 14
February 18 15:30 L1:03 February 4
March 25 15:30 L1:03 March 11
April 22 15:30 L1:03 April 8
May 20 15:30 L1:03 May 6
June 10 15:30 L1:03 May 27

Half-time control

Each postgraduate student working towards a PhD is required to attend a half-time control, which should take place two years after registration or once the student has completed the equivalent of two years' postgraduate study.
The half-time control is compulsory if a student is to be permitted to defend his/her thesis at KI. An exemption can be made, however, for students holding a licentiate degree from KI in the same specialisation. 

What is required to conduct the half time review?

At least 7.5 higher education credits in general courses (for students registered in Medical Science) must be completed before half time review.

Students admitted from 1 july 2009:The basic knowledge in general science shall include statistics and research ethics, and The introduction to doctoral education at KI must be completed.

At least one annual review of the research study plan must have been completed between registration and halftime control.

Contact us

Director of postgraduate studies 

Associate professor

Robert Bränström

Phone: 08-517 762 67
Organizational unit: Endocrine Surgery

Adjunct professor

Per Wretenberg

Phone: 08-517 715 24
Organizational unit: Orthopedics

Study administrators

Administrative officer

Ann-Britt Wikström

Phone: 08-517 733 53
Organizational unit: Administration


Katarina Breitholtz

Phone: 08-517 721 97
Organizational unit: Signal Transduction