Course catalogue and vacancies - doctoral courses

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Karolinska Institutet offers a large number of doctoral courses every semester.



Courses are arranged as freestanding courses, within doctoral education programmes and within research schools.

Freestanding courses and courses within the programmes are presented in the catalogue. After the application period any course vacancies are announced on this web site.

Course catalogue

The catalogue is published around April 15 respectively October 15 and is open for application during one month. Application is made directly in the catalogue. See also additional courses in laboratory animal science, other than those advertised in the catalogue.

The course catalogue for autumn semester 2018 will be open for application during the period April16 and May 15, 2018.

KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all universities and colleges as well as KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants may also be accepted.

Course vacancies

The list below is continuously updated with the doctoral courses that have vacancies after the application period in the course catalogue has ended and until the start of the course. These courses are filled primarily with registered doctoral students or KI post docs in accordance with the selection criteria for courses at doctoral level. 

Courses marked with a (*) are general science courses.

Courses spring 2018 with vacancies

Courses in English

1873 Quality of life as an outcome measure in care sciences, 2018-03-08 - 2018-03-23. Apply by email to:

2433 Clinical Research in Lipid Metabolism, 2018-04-16 - 2018-04-20. Apply by email to:

2618 Write your research results and get them published*, 2018-04-16 - 2018-04-27. Apply by email to:

2618 Write your research results and get them published*, 2018-05-28 - 2018-06-08. Apply by email to:

2714 Biobanking as a resource for biomedical research, 2018-03-05 - 2018-03-09 (NOTE! New dates!). Apply by email to:

2733 Calcium signaling, 2018-06-11 - 2018-06-15. Apply by email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2018-03-19 - 2018-03-23. Apply by email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2018-05-14 - 2018-05-18. NOTE! New dates. Apply by email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2018-06-11 - 2018-06-15. Apply by email to:

2888 (3060) Regenerative Medicine: Principles to Practice, 2018-04-04 -- 2018-06-13. Apply by email to: (new course responsible)

2896 Core concepts in global health and global burden of disease, 2018-04-09 - 2018-04-13. Apply by email to:

2928 Public Health Research - concepts and theories, 2018-03-12 - 2018-03-23. Apply by email to:

2948 Principles of nucleic acid structure, 2018-04-11 - 2018-04-27. Apply by email to:

2996 Anaesthesia, analgesia and surgery (mice and rats), 2018-05-15 - 2018-05-17. Apply by email to:

3022 Translational Paediatric Oncology in the Era of Immunotherapy and Omics, 2018-04-23 - 2018-04-27. Apply by email to: no later than December 27.

3029 Observation and visual methods in health care sciences research, 2018-03-05 - 2018-04-25. Apply by email to:

3032 Mixed methods: integration of qualitative and quantitative data within applied health research, 2018-04-02 - 2018-05-01. Apply by email to:

3036 Mouse necropsy, 2018-04-11 - 2018-04-18. Apply by email to:

3037 Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research, 2018-02-26 - 2018-04-13. Apply by email to:

3040 Aging Societies: Challenges and Opportunities, 2018-04-09 - 2018-04-27. Apply by email to:

3047 Understanding and fighting disease using structural biology, 2018-04-09 -- 2018-04-20. Apply by email to:

Courses in Swedish

2133 Vetenskapsteori*, 2018-02-27 - 2018-04-24. Ansök via e-post till:

2964 Medicinsk forskningsetik*, 2018-03-12 - 2018-03-16. Ansök via e-post till:


Eligibility and selection

General selection criteria applied at admission to doctoral courses.

Your personal profile

The first time you log into the course catalogue (KIWAS) to apply for courses you are asked to create a personal profile. In the profile you enter data such as your email address and your current status as an applicant, i e if you are a doctoral student at KI or belong to another category of applicants. 

If anything is changed, your contact details or your status as an applicant, it is important that change this in your personal profile. If the change is made during an ongoing admission period we recommend you to also contact the course organiser of the course(s) in question.

It is important that you do not miss an admission offer due to changed email address and also that your registration date as a doctoral student is correct, as this affects your chances of being admitted.

Admission to course

Admission is usually handled in KIWAS and you will be notified via the email address you have entered in your profile. You accept or decline the offer by logging into KIWAS and replying under My courses within due time. You complete your acceptance by scanning and emailing the supervisor certificate (which is part of the admission email), when signed by your supervisor and yourself.

Admission to vacancies (when the course catalogue has closed) is handled outside KIWAS and will be notified via email with the supervisor certificate as an attachment. You reply via email and (if you accept the offer) attach the signed and scanned certificate.

To cancel after having accepted an admission offer

Doctoral courses are free of charge for the participant. At KI, we have the policy to also accept other applicants than our own doctoral students and post docs. Empty places due to late dropouts are a problem for the course organiser, both in terms of course planning and administration and lack of funding. In case of low participation the course may be canceled at short notice, which affects other applicants.

Cancellation must therefore be submitted no later than 30 days before the start of the course to give the course organiser a chance to find a replacement. For later dropouts an administrative fee may be charged the supervisor. Exception is made for absence with valid reason, but a certificate may be requested. Absence is equaled with dropout.



Information on the Personal Information Act (Personuppgiftslagen, PUL).

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