Doctoral (PhD) Training at CNS

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Why do a PhD at CNS?

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) is the largest department at KI when it comes to Doctoral training 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 Training within CNS offers research training leading to either a PhD or Licentiate exam. Doctoral Training 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.

Doctoral (PhD) education


Robert Harris

Director of Doctoral Training 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 training with the following motivation:

“Robert Harris has conducted the work with implementing an educational perspective to the research education at KI. He has continuously worked for, and strengthened, the supervisors’ knowledge regarding pedagogical thinking, the learning process, the learning goals and learning activities”

How to become a PhD student

In accordance with the aims of KI, you can expect from CNS to:
Receive professional training required to conduct innovative research of high quality
Be respected in your role as trainee and for your department to assume ultimate responsibility for your training
Be provided the opportunity to become a professional researcher within the academic, clinical or industrial sectors on completion of the training     

In turn, as a PhD student at CNS, you are expected to:
Be dedicated to your training programme
Be genuinely interested in the science being conducted within your research group
Respect the rules and regulations of KI regarding sound ethical research practice, as well as interacting with your closest colleagues in a respectful manner

Green Light - main supervisor

Application for approval of doctoral training environment

"Green Light" ensures that main supervisor is approved within the Department as a current supervisor.

Green Light application form - CNS
Send application to Doctoral Administrator
Processing time: approximately 1 month
The approved application is valid for 3 years






Web course - main supervisor

All main supervisors must take KI’s online course which assess their current knowledge of the rules of doctoral education.


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

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