Doctoral education at CNS

Admission procedure and how to recruit doctoral students

Doctoral education - from admission to dissertation

Why do a PhD at CNS?

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) is the largest Department at KI when it comes to Doctoral education with over 250 registered PhD students, over 350 employees and over 400 affiliated persons, mostly clinicians. CNS has a good reputation within KI for its quality of teaching and professional administration as we at the department strive constantly to improve quality assurance aspects of doctoral training.

Doctoral education within CNS offers research training leading to either a PhD or Licentiate exam. Doctoral education can be conducted either full-time or part-time (minimum 50%) for a 4-year (or equivalent time) period and can be obtained in both clinical and basic research topics at the department. 

Our main areas of specialisation: Clinical Drug Abuse and Dependence, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epidemiology, Experimental Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social medicine.

Robert Harris  is a Director of Doctoral education at CNS, Central Director for the research education and President of ORPHEUS. He is the first recipient of KI’s pedagogical prize in 2014 for impact on Doctoral education. 


A. Obligatory supervision course

The web course (below) should be implemented successfully before the start of the Supervision course.

B. Obligatory web course

Needs to be renewed every 5 years.
Obligatory for main supervisors, recommended  for all co-supervisors.

C. "Green Light"

Needs to be renewed every 3 years.
"Green Light" is a departmental supervisor licence.


Ladok is a national system that is intended to give universities in Sweden support in various parts of the study administration process. In November 2017 the new Ladok-system was introduced at KI. 


Doctoral administrator

Educational administrator

Kseniya Hartvigsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 832 37
Organizational unit: Central administration

Director of Doctoral education


Robert Harris

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 765 61
Organizational unit: Neuro Harris

Prefect assistant, contact for announcements and archiving


Åsa Malmquist

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 832 92
Organizational unit: Central administration


Head of department

Mats J Olsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 824 64
Organizational unit: Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS), K8

Head of administration

Head of administration

Karin Wallin Blomberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 832 45
Organizational unit: Central administration

HR supervisor. Contact for advertisement:

HR supervisor

Elin Johansson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 830 44
Organizational unit: HR unit


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