Doctoral programme in Neuroscience

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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.

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.

Other Courses

A number of specialized courses are given within the thematic areas "Cellular - Molecular", "Cognitive - Systems" and "Disease mechanisms".

Activities organized by doctoral students

Ski Conference in Neuroscience

Each year in March a ski conference is organized by a team of doctoral students. The program includes, in addition to skiing, presentation of own research data in oral or poster form.

Following the next announcement, places will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Part of the cost is covered by the Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience.

2018 KI Neuroscience PhD Winter Conference

Meet and interact with other PhD students working in the field of neuroscience at KI. The program outline is daytime on the slopes, afternoon and evening science sessions. All participants are to submit an abstract and present their own research in a poster session or a short talk. 

The conference is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and discuss your project in a friendly atmosphere.

January 18th - 21st 2018

Trysil, Norway  

1700 SEK

Sign up here to register:

Register by November 17th with your abstract! Priority will be given to PhD students but postdocs are also welcome to apply. We’ll let you know about the outcome at the end of November and then you’ll need to pay to secure your spot.


Viktoria, Dagmara, Chenhong & Antje 


Funding available for other student-initiated activities

We are pleased to have the opportunity to support one or more yearly student-initiatiated activities (in addition to the Ski Conference). We welcome suggestions of interesting, fun and very social activities with scientific touch that you would like to do together with your fellow doctoral students in the neuroscience field. The funding might cover for instance, invitation of lecturers. The event must be open to doctoral students in all KI departments. The proposal should include name and department of the organizer(s), a brief description of the aims and contents, the estimated number of participants and a budget.

Send proposals to Karin Lagerman

Hearing, otorhinolaryngology, language, speech

The previous doctoral programme in hearing, otorhinolaryngology, language, speech (HÖST) has been merged with the doctoral programme in Neuroscience. Doctoral students from the HÖST programme have been transferred to the email list for the Neuroscience programme, and will continue to be informed about activities within the research field.

Steering group

Sign up for the doctoral programme

Do you want to sign up for the doctoral programme in Neuroscience?

As a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet you can sign up for one or more doctoral programme and thus obtain information on the courses and activities that are arranged. An expression of interest is submitted when you apply for admission to doctoral education, or at any time during the doctoral education by sending an email to Karin Lagerman. This means that you will receive information from the Neuroscience programme about the programme's courses and activities. You may choose from what is offered, but you do not commit to participate in any activity, nor are you guaranteed admission to any of the courses organized within the framework of the programme.

Application and admission to courses on doctoral level

Application to courses is made directly in the Course catalogue at Karolinska Institutet. The available courses on doctoral level are announced once per semester. The catalogue for courses is published on around April 15 respectively October 15 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.


Programme Coordinator

Lennart Brodin

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 869 02

Programme Administrator

Karin Lagerman


Department of Neuroscience is the host department for the programme

Postal address:

Karolinska Institutet
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address and address for delivery:

Department of Neuroscience
Retzius väg 8
Karolinska Institutet, Solna171 77 Stockholm

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