About doctoral courses

As a doctoral student you follow the general syllabus to which you have been admitted. Usually that is the general syllabus which apply at the time of your admission to doctoral education.

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Course requirements within doctoral education

The general syllabus describes the course requirements and when during the doctoral education these shall be fulfilled. For further information see Rules and general syllabus.

In addition to the course requirements, it is mandatory to participate in the introduction to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet. Read more about this and how to register.

Planning of courses in the individual study plan

All doctoral courses at Karolinska Institutet have an established syllabus. The syllabi can be retrieved through our syllabus database.

In the individual study plan you plan, together with your supervisor, what courses (and other activities) you need to accomplish during the doctoral education.

In the syllabus database there is no information about the frequency of the courses. Therefore, we have compiled overviews for the planned courses of the doctoral programmes and the general science and compulsory doctoral courses (see the following paragraph).

Courses within doctoral programmes

For the programmes' course offerings within their respective research field:

Compilation of the doctoral programmes’ planned courses

General science and compulsory doctoral courses

For the general science courses (and other compulsory courses) we have compiled an overview: 

General science and compulsory doctoral courses.

For planning of project-specific courses, turn to the doctoral programme(s) within which these courses are given.

Doctoral students within our research schools are following each school’s course package, but may need to take additional courses.

Courses that will be given the coming semester are presented in the course catalogue. The catalogue is published once every semester, around 15 April and 15 October, and is open for application during one month. Application is done directly in the course catalogue.

KI’s courses are open for registered doctoral students from any university or higher education institution. Other eligible applicants may be admitted, subject to availability. Selection for admission is performed following a certain priority order.


Anna Gustafsson

Administrative officer

Erika Franzén

Chair of the Course and programme committee

Emilie Agardh

Vice chair of the Course and programme committee

Ingeborg Van Der Ploeg

Central director of studies