Doctoral programme in Neuroscience

The doctoral programme in neuroscience provides learning activities in neuroscience, including cellular/molecular neuroscience, circuits and systems, cognition and behavior, and mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disorders. We welcome all interested doctoral students to courses and other activities organized by the programme.

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Programme overview

A significant part of the Research at Karolinska Institutet deals with the normal function or pathology of the nervous system. Doctoral students are trained within the different neuroscience disciplines in research groups at eight departments. The inter-departmental "Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience" organizes courses and supports other activities.

Courses

Annual Courses

In the beginning of each fall a package of six courses, the "Frontiers Courses in Neuroscience", is given. You may apply to all courses or select individual courses.

We especially recommend doctoral students in the beginning of their training period to apply to all courses. This will quickly give you a broad knowledge base and make you acquainted with many neuroscientists at KI.

Frontiers courses in Neurosciences

  1. The developing brain
  2. Functional neuroanatomy
  3. Brain Circuits
  4. Frontiers in cognitive neuroscience
  5. Neurogenetics
  6. Neurodegenerative disorders

Other Courses

A number of other specialized and general courses are also given each semester and will be announced in the course catalogue.

Basic Human Neuroscience

We can now offer a seven (7)-week course in Basic Human Neuroscience for doctoral students without a basic training in biomedicine/medicine. This course follows the curriculum of the medical programme at Karolinska Institutet. It will be given every semester starting Spring 2020 and will be announced in the course catalogue.

If you have studied basic neuroscience but feel that you need to refresh your knowledge, we recommend the free online course in Medical Neuroscience organised by Duke University.

Log in to Coursera.org, register and search for Medical Neuroscience.

Neuroscientific Psychiatry - MOOC

Karolinska Institutet's new MOOC (= Massive Open Online Course) in Neuroscientific Psychiatry is now open for registration.

It will be hosted on the international edX platform.

The course covers cognition, emotion, personality and resilience from a neuroscientific perspective - and includes virtual patients with different psychiatric conditions.

Proposals for new courses

We welcome proposals for new courses within the neuroscience area that you feel would be valuable. Proposals should include the theme of the course and possible course organizers (within KI) and other possible teachers. Send proposals to Lennart Brodin, e-mail: lennart.brodin@ki.se

Activities organized by doctoral students

The programme supports activities aimed at promoting neuroscience and networking among doctoral students. Send proposals to Lennart Brodin (e-mail: lennart.brodin@ki.se).

Neuroscience seminar series for doctoral students

Upcoming seminars

    Application and admission to courses on doctoral level

    Application to courses is made directly in the Course catalogue at Karolinska Institutet. The available courses at the doctoral level are announced once per semester. The catalogue for courses is published on ki.se around 15 April respectively 15 October and is open for application during one month.

    Courses within the programme of Neuroscience

    After the application period is closed the applicant can only be admitted according to availability. A late application is made directly to the course organizer. KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all universities and colleges. If space allows, other applicants may also be accepted.

    Formal note about admission (or not) is emailed to the applicants within a month after the application time is closed.  If you are not admitted, you will be asked for interest to be on the waiting list. The applicant needs to confirm participation by a form signed by the applicant and his/hers supervisor.

    All syllabi for courses at doctoral level at KI are collected in the KIWAS database.

    Steering group

    Collaboration

    We collaborate with the Strategic Research Area in Neuroscience (StratNeuro).

    Contact

    Department of Neuroscience is the host department for the programme

    Postal address:

    Karolinska Institutet
    Department of Neuroscience
    171 77 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Visiting, and delivery address

    Eva Noréns

    Educational administrator
    C4 Department of Neuroscience