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.
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.
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
- The developing brain
- Functional neuroanatomy
- Brain Circuits
- Frontiers in cognitive neuroscience
- Neurodegenerative disorders
A number of other specialized and general courses are also given each semester and will be announced in the course catalogue.
Refresh your knowledge in basic neuroscience
If you feel that you need to refresh your knowledge in basic neuroscience we recommend the free on-line course in Medical Neuroscience organized 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 open to register at!
It will be hosted on the international edX platform and start April 3rd, 2018.
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: email@example.com.
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 (at this site), places will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Part of the cost is covered by the Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience.
Funding available for other student-initiated activities
We are pleased to have the opportunity to support 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
- Lennart Brodin (Coordinator), Department of Neuroscience, KI
- Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Department of Clincal Neuroscience, CMM, KI
- Caroline Graff, Department of NVS, KI
- Ellika Schalling, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC)
- Lilly Schwieler, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, KI
- Camilla Svensson, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, KI
- Fredrik Ullén, Department of Neuroscience
- Eric Westman, Department of NVS, KI
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 ki.se around April 15 respectively October 15 and is open for application during one month.
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.
Department of Neuroscience is the host department for the programme
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm