Doctoral education at BioNut
Formalities Concerning Graduate Studies at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition in a Nutshell
General information (rules, forms for registration, mandatory annual follow up, half time seminar, application to defend thesis, etc) about graduate studies at Karolinska Institutet is at:
Local information for the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, including meeting dates for the admissions board, is at:
Graduate studies: Lennart Nilsson; administrator: Monica Ahlberg
Undergraduate studies: Sam Okret and Joseph Rafter - in charge of teaching duties for the graduate students.
Summary of local rules
The admissions board currently meets twice/semester. In the public registration seminar (20 minutes+5 minutes questions/discussion), which is given in English immediately before the board meeting, you present your project plan. Usually there are 2-4 seminars each time.
The application should be handed in two weeks before the board meeting.
You (student+supervisor) appoint an expert in the field (PhD independent from the project) to read the application, and to be present at the registration seminar and at the board meeting. The name and address of the expert should be provided together with your application. You also make sure that the expert gets the application and that she/he comes to the registration seminar and the board meeting.
Guidelines for the registration seminar
- Maximum 20 minutes (~15-20 slides)
- Brief introduction to the research area
- Define the overall goals for the research proposal
- Define the specific goals of the proposal
- Highlight most important results already obtained
- Provide a working scenario and time plan for the project, including possible pitfalls
- Relate the research proposal to the current state of knowledge in the field and highlight novel information that is anticipated to be obtained
- Try to provide reasonable answers as to why the suggested research is worth pursuing
Note that the annual follow-ups as well the half-time seminar are mandatory.
The half-time seminar should always be held after two years. Monica Ahlberg reminds student and supervisor at the beginning of the fifth semester after registration, and the seminar is arranged by student and supervisor. Three weeks before the seminar, the names of the committee members should be submitted to the study director (Lennart Nilsson) for approval. General information/instructions about the half-time seminar:
In good time before submission of the application to defend the thesis, the student has to give a regular research seminar (much like the half-time seminar) in which the main results and conclusions are presented. For this seminar two experts (PhDs independent from the project) are chosen by student and supervisor. A brief written summary should be available (and given to the experts) one week before the seminar. The half-time form, in applicable parts, is used also for this seminar, and it should be sent to the study director after the seminar.
General information (rules, forms for registration, mandatory annual follow up, half time seminar, application to defend thesis, etc) about doctoral/third level education is at: