Postgraduate studies at MMK

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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.


No admission or position announcements to research education at MMK will take place between July 1st and August 25 2018. From August 26 2018, there is a new process for admission. More information is available at

Green light – approval of a supervisor MMK

Application for eligibility assessment

All prospective doctoral students must meet both the general and the specific eligibility requirements for doctoral studies. The application for eligibility assessment (application form 1) should be submitted to the central administration at Karolinska Institutet (to the address found in the application form).

Please note that the application for eligibility assessment (application form 1) must be approved before you can apply for admission (application form 2). The processing times for eligibility assessments may be up to three weeks. If your application is incomplete, it may take longer.

The procedure from recruitment to admission

Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education

Application to admission

A prospective graduate student at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery will be approved by the Department Admission Board. In good time (at least two weeks) before the Admission Board Meeting, send an application for admission. Each application is to include:

  • A certificate of general eligibility, Form 1
  • An application to be admitted onto a postgraduate programme, Form 2
  • An individual study plan, Form 3
  • Finance certificate
  • Research plan

The Head of Department takes decisions on admissions based on the Admissions Board´s assessment of each application and on the outcome of the admission seminar

Form 1 - General eligibility

Form 2 - Application for admission to postgraduate studies
Form 3 - Individual study plan
Instruction to form 3
Rules and general syllabus
Outcomes, information
Recommendation for the research plan design 
Finance certificate 

Please send the application to Ann-Britt Wikström, L1:00 or Katarina Breitholtz, L1:03 at least two weeks before Admission Board Meeting.

Admission Board Members

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
Joonas Kauppila Upper Gastrointestinal Research

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

Admission Board Meetings

Date Time Venue Closing date for application
31 January 15:30 L1:03 17 January
21 February 15:30 L1:03 7 February
21 March 15:30 L1:03 7 March
25 April 15:30 L1:03 11 April
23 May 15:30 L1:03 9 May
13 June 15:30 L1:03 30 May

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 

Senior researcher

Catharina Lavebratt

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 765 24
Organizational unit: Neurogenetics

Study administrators

Administrative officer

Ann-Britt Wikström

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 733 53
Organizational unit: Administration


Katarina Breitholtz

Phone: +46-(0)8-517 721 97
Organizational unit: Signal Transduction