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Postgraduate studies at MMK

The Department conducts post-graduate studies in several fields of research in Medical Science. We currently have approximately 150 graduate students.

Spikade avhandlingar

Postgraduate education at Karolinska Institutet (aiming for either a licentiate or Ph.D. degree) is largely based on the student's personal research project, which is complemented with courses and clearly specified knowledge requirements. It requires normally a total of fours years' full-time postgraduate education to acquire a Ph.D. degree.

Education is open to Swedish and foreign students.


FAQ Postgraduate Education at MMK


From August 26, 2018, there is a new process for admission. More information is available at

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Research Education Board

Chairman: Catharina Lavebratt, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Supervisor representative

Richard Rosenquist Clinical Genetics
Daniel Nilsson Rare Diseases
Lennart Blomqvist Diagnostic Radiology
Jan van der Linden

Thoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

Anna Lindstrand Rare Diseses
Maria Westin Sports Medicine
Ljubica Perisic Vascular Surgery
Ivan Shabo Endocrine Surgery
Paul Ackermann Orthopaedics
Elisabetta Dare Signal Transduction
Cecilia Österholm Carbascio Thoracic Surgery
Jannike Nickander Clinical Physiology

PhD representatives

Anders Kämpe Clinical Genetics
Maria Pettersson Rare Diseases
Florian Schober Inborn errors of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Meike Paschen Signal Transduction
Cheng Xu Growth and Metabolism
Robin Fröbom Endocrine Surgery
Antti Siika Vascular Surgery
Called in
Anders Franco-Cereceda Chairman
Therese Kindåker Chief administrator
Ann-Britt Wikström Study administrator
Katarina Breitholtz Study administrator
Britt-Marie Witasp Economy administrator

Research Education Board Meetings

Date Time Venue Closing date for application
To be announced

Half-time control

Each postgraduate student working towards a PhD is required to attend a half-time control, which should take place two years after registration or once the student has completed the equivalent of two years' postgraduate study.
The half-time control is compulsory if a student is to be permitted to defend his/her thesis at KI. An exemption can be made, however, for students holding a licentiate degree from KI in the same specialisation.

What is required to conduct the half time review?

At least 7.5 higher education credits in general courses (for students registered in Medical Science) must be completed before half time review.

Students admitted from 1 july 2009:The basic knowledge in general science shall include statistics and research ethics, and The introduction to doctoral education at KI must be completed.

At least one annual review of the research study plan must have been completed between registration and halftime control.

Contact us

Director of postgraduate studies


Catharina Lavebratt

Telefon: 08-517 765 24
Enhet: Neurogenetik

Study administrators


Ann-Britt Wikström

Telefon: 08-517 733 53
Enhet: Administration


Katarina Breitholtz

Telefon: 08-517 721 97
Enhet: Signaltransduktion