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.

Spikade avhandlingar

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
Charlotta Ryk Urology
Peter Gustavsson Clinical Genetics
Emma Tham Clinical Genetics

PhD representatives 

Karin Åvall Signal Transduction
Karin Luttropp Neurogenetics
Manne Holm Thoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Måns Magnussion Inborn errors of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Meike Paschen  Signal Transduction
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
26 August 15:30 L1:03 12 August
23 September 15:30 L1:03 9 September
21 October 15:30 L1:03 7 October
18 November 15:30 L1:03 4 November
9 December 15:30 L1:03 25 November

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 


Robert Bränström

Telefon: 08-517 762 67
Enhet: Endokrin kirurgi

Study administrators


Ann-Britt Wikström

Telefon: 08-517 733 53
Enhet: Administration


Katarina Breitholtz

Telefon: 08-517 721 97
Enhet: Signaltransduktion