Rules and general syllabus for doctoral education

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Here you can find the rules for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet and the general syllabus for the doctoral level education in Medical Science.

Rules for doctoral education

Rules for doctoral education at KI (English version; updated 2019-01-08)

Regler för utbildning på forskarnivå på KI (Swedish version; updated 2019-01-08)

General syllabus for Medical Science

All doctoral students admitted after 1 March 2006 is admitted to the doctoral education subject Medical Science. The general syllabus valid at the time of admission describes what is expected of the doctoral student, for example when writing the individual study plan.

General syllabus for doctoral students admitted from 1 January 2018

General syllabus for doctoral students admitted 1 July 2013 - 31 December 2017

General syllabus for doctoral students admitted 1 July 2009 - 30 June 2013

General syllabus for doctoral students admitted 1 July 2007 - 30 June 2009

General syllabus for doctoral students admitted 1 Mars 2006 - 30 June 2007

General syllabus for students admitted before March 1, 2006

Before March 1, 2006, KI had a large number of doctoral education subjects, each with its own syllabus. Doctoral students admitted to any of the old subjects are obliged to follow the content in that syllabus until a formal change to medical science is done. For access to an old syllabus, please contact the study administrator at the respective department.

It is possible to change from an old subject to “Medical science”. Please use form 14.

Doctoral students admitted before July 1st 1998 do not have any formal course requirements.

Please note that doctoral students admitted to other subjects than Medical science:

Other relevant rules and regulations

Rules and instructions for withdrawal of resources for doctoral students

Procedure for handling suspected attempts to cheat

Scholarship rules at KI, applicable from 28 August 2018

Instructions for student influence at KI (in Swedish; the document will be available in English shortly)

Anvisningar om rutiner för bedömning av behörighet för samtliga sökande till utbildning på forskarnivå vid KI (only in Swedish)

Instructions for certain decisions in education at the undergraduate, advanced and doctoral levels and appeal of such decisions (credit transfer for course or part of course and doctoral student's request for exemption from a compulsory educational activities) (only in Swedish)

Admission regulations for doctoral education (only in Swedish)

Examensregler (only in Swedish)

Support for writing the thesis

Guidelines for writing a compilation thesis summary chapter

Information to Examination Board, Opponent and Defence Chairperson


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