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.


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, register and search for Medical Neuroscience.

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:

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:

Neuroscience seminar series for doctoral students


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 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.

ENCODS 2021: a conference for PhD students

Network, exchange ideas and develop new collaborations 

Are you a PhD student in neuroscience? This is your last chance to register for ENCODS 2021, the European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students. The 2021 edition will focus on "Translational neuroscience" and feature a programme of world-leading keynote speakers and workshops on career development, reproducibility and how to communicate your research.

Full programme and registration on the FENS website

Date: 4-6 June 2021 - virtual conference

Late registration deadline: 1 May 2021

The FENS Regional Meeting 2021 (Virtual)

Explore the programme

Summaries of the ten plenary lectures and 18 scientific symposia at the online FENS Regional Meeting 2021 are now online:

The Scientific Committee is looking forward to receiving your abstract submission to complete the programme! 

Date: 25 - 27 August 2021

Registration now open. Waived registration for FENS members.

Abstract submission deadline: 10 May 2021 

FENS travel grants for SfN 2021 in Chicago  

Call for applications now open

FENS is offering ten travel grants to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, taking place on 13-17 November 2021 in Chicago (USA). The eligibility criteria are available on the FENS website.

FENS Travel Grants for SfN 2021 

Date: 13 - 17 November 2021 

Application deadline: 20 May 2021

Steering group


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


Department of Neuroscience is the host department for the programme

Postal address:

Karolinska Institutet
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm

Visiting, and delivery address

Eva Noréns

Educational administrator
C4 Department of Neuroscience