Doctoral Education at the Department of Dental Medicine

Education on doctoral level at the Department of Dental Medicine is an interdisciplinary education and research leading to a doctoral or licentiate degree.

Doctoral studies may be pursued on a full- or halftime basis. Every doctoral student writes an individual study plan together with a supervisor. The needs and interests of the PhD-student should thus be included in the research plan of the future supervisor.

Course requirements and elements are outlined in the general syllabus for medical science.

In accordance with the objectives of Karolinska Institutet, we strive to produce a high quality research education. After graduation, our students can pursue a scientific career in academic, clinical and industrial sectors.

Generally, to be awarded a Degree of Doctor takes 4 years full time studies, and to be awarded a Degree of Licentiate takes two years of full time studies. The doctoral progress is reviewed continuously through half time reviews, annual follow ups based on presentations of research projects and state-of-the-art literature within the field. The doctoral student is expected to start with practical research already during the first year.


Margaret Sällberg Chen, study director for the doctoral education

Our main research fields

  • Clinical Odontology and Diagnostics
  • Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
  • Orofacial Neuroscience

Are you interested in doctoral education?

 General eligibility for doctoral education

A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral education if he or she:

  • has been awarded a degree at the advanced (second-cycle) level,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at the advanced level, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

See also the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7.

Subject representative

For you who wants to become a doctoral student at the Department of Dental Medicine contact the subject representative within the field of research you are interested in to find out whether there are any available doctoral positions or not.

It is important that you have funding for the whole education, i.e. four years. Some of our doctoral projects are financed by an external employer, for example a county council or a foreign university or CSTP (Clinical scientist training program) program (the latter is for KI students only)

See available doctoral positions.

For supervisors

Application for green light is sent to study administrator, Kansliet för grund- och forskarutbildning, together with a research plan (max 5 pages).

More on the admission procedure at KI.

Committee for doctoral education

Margaret Sällberg Chen, Professor


Kåre Buhlin, Associate Professor


Anders Gustafsson, Professor


Elisabeth Boström


Agneta L-A Karsten, Associate Professor


Gunilla Sandborgh Englund, Professor


Georgios Tsilingaridis, Associate Professor


Robert Schibbye

PhD-student representative

Alina Wikström

PhD-student representative

Katy Earle Salmela


Committee meetings spring term 2023

  • Februari 9
  • March 30
  • June 13

NB. The form Application of preview of doctoral position can be sent to: Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för odontologi, Kansliet för grund- och forskarutbildning, Att: study administrator, Box 4064, 141 04 Huddinge, any time during the year, however, 4 weeks prior to the meeting at the latest.

Links for supervisors and registered PhD-students

Admission to doctoral education at KI

Doctoral education at KI

Doctoral education (KI's intranet)

Green light – approval of a supervisor before the start of a new doctoral project

Rules for doctoral education at KI

Application for half time control - part 1 to be submitted to study director Margaret Sällberg Chen c. five weeks prior the half time seminar

Information about half time control

Time to defend your thesis

Forms and documents