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Doctoral/third level education at BioNut

Doctoral/third level education in Sweden normally requires a total of four years full-time studies. At Karolinska Institutet, there is no general admission to doctoral education. All admission procedures are handled on the department level and decision on admission is taken by the head of department.

NB: This page is being updated and might not be completely accurate. New information will come during 2019


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 found at:  Doctoral Education at KI

    Quick reference guide for BioNut PhD students

    Study director and administrator

    Lars-Arne Haldosen

    Study director doctoral education

    Monica Ahlberg

    Education officer
    Doctoral hat - close up
    Doctoral hat

    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.

    Admissions Board for doctoral education

    The Admissions Board of the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition is responsible for processing applications, organising and evaluating admissions seminars, and for proposing suitable applicants to the head of department for final decision.

    In the public admissions seminar (20 minutes+5 minutes questions/discussion), which is given in English immediately before the board meeting, applicants present their project plans. After the discussion, board members meet separately to decide on a recommendation to the head of department.

    Members of the admission board

    - to be updated


    Doctoral Education Board meetings

    - to be updated


    Minutes from previous meetings

    - to be updated

    Form for reporting credit-bearing activities

    As a doctoral student at BioNut you should report your activity every semester, at the latest June 30 and Dec 30 to Monica Ahlberg, LADOK administrator.

    Find the activity report here: Forms and documents for doctoral education


    All forms needed for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet in English or Swedish: Forms and documents for doctoral education


    BioNut Half-time reviews and Dissertations

    Upcoming Half-time reviews and dissertations should be announced in the KI Calendar and advertised on the Neo screens.
    Send an e-mail with your information to: Sara Bruce

    Group leaders' journal club at BioNut

    The Group leaders’ journal club at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition aims towards an increased network for PhD students. It is led by two group leaders and occur monthly, or once every second month, and include a selected group of students i.e. PhD students registered at Department of Biosciences and Nutrition who have not yet done their half-time.

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