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Postgraduate studies at MMK

The MMK department conducts post-graduate studies in several fields of research in Medical Science. There are currently around 150 graduate students enrolled.

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


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

Green light – approval of a supervisor MMK

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 when the student has completed the equivalent of two years' postgraduate studies. 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 specialization.

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.

Research Education Board

Chairman: Catharina Lavebratt, Director of Postgraduate Studies, MMK

Catharina Lavebratt

Senior researcher
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK), K1
Supervisor representative Area
Richard Rosenquist Clinical Genetics
Daniel Nilsson Rare Diseases
Lennart Blomqvist Diagnostic Radiology
Jan van der Linden Thoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Anna Lindstrand Rare Diseases
Maria Westin Sports Medicine
Ljubica Matic Vascular Surgery
Ivan Shabo Endocrine Surgery
Paul Ackermann Orthopaedics
Elisabetta Dare Signal Transduction
Cecilia Österholm Carbascio Thoracic Surgery
Jannike Nickander Clinical Physiology
PhD representatives Area
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 Head of Department, MMK
Therese Kindåker Head of Administration, MMK
Ann-Britt Wikström Study administrator Postgraduate education, MMK
Britt-Marie Witasp Accounting supervisor, MMK

Research Education Board Meetings, 2019

Research Education Board Meetings 2019
Date Time Venue Closing date for application
To be announced   

Contact us

Director of postgraduate studies:

Catharina Lavebratt

Senior researcher
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK), K1

Study administrator

Ann-Britt Wikström

Administrative officer
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK), K1