Course catalogue and vacancies – doctoral courses

Karolinska Institutet offers a large number of doctoral courses every semester. Courses are arranged as freestanding courses, within doctoral education programmes or within research schools.

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All freestanding courses as well as courses within the doctoral programmes are presented in the course catalogue. After the application period any course vacancies are announced on this web site.

Course catalogue

The course catalogue is published each semester 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 next course catalogue, for the spring semester of 2022, will be open for application during the period 15 October to 15 November, 2021.

KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all higher education institutions, as well as for KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants may also be accepted. See Eligibility and selection.

Important when applying via the course catalogue

Please note that the admission email will be sent from each respective course provider and not via KIWAS course catalogue. However, you reply to an admission offer by replying in KIWAS under My courses as well as by returning the supervisor certificate to the course provider. If signing the supervisor certificate is not possible due to the corona virus situation, please solve this in a pragmatic way, e g by attaching a confirming email from the supervisor or by using an electronic signature via EduSign.

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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 autumn 2021 with vacancies

Courses in Swedish

3028 Grundkurs i SPSS, 2021-09-27 -- 2021-10-01. Apply via email to:

3119 Vetenskapsteori*, 2021-11-02 -- 2021-11-30. Apply via email to:

Courses in English

2526 Neuropsychopharmacology, 2021-11-29 -- 2021-12-03. Apply via email to:

2609 Basic Course in Medical Statistics*, 2021-10-18 -- 2021-10-29 (please note: online, following syllabus 2609). Apply via email to:

2618 Write Your Research Results and Get Them Published*, 2021-10-21 -- 2021-12-16 (online or in-class, Wednesday evenings). Apply via email to:

2618 Write Your Research Results and Get Them Published*, 2021-10-25 -- 2021-11-05 (online or in-class). Apply via email to:

2618 Write Your Research Results and Get Them Published*, 2021-11-29 -- 2021-12-10 (online or in-class). Apply via email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2021-10-18 -- 2021-10-22. Apply via email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2021-11-15 -- 2021-11-19. Apply via email to:

2787 Present your research!*, 2021-12-13 -- 2021-12-17. Apply via email to:

3073 Philosophy of science and the concept of health*, 2021-11-08 -- 2021-11-19. Apply via email to:

3089 Cryobiology in assisted reproductive technology, 2021-11-22 -- 2021-11-26. Apply via email to:

3109 Pathology, 2021-10-11 -- 2021-10-22. Apply via email to:

3150 Embryology I, 2021-10-18 -- 2021-10-22. Apply via email to:

3160 Function A - to carry out minor procedures on laboratory animals, on demand (both online and practical). Apply via email to:

3161 Swedish Law and Ethics on the Protection of Laboratory Animals, on demand (both online and practical). Apply via email to:

3173 Clinical Trials in Cardiovascular Research, 2021-12-16 -- 2021-12-22. Apply via email to:

3175 Extracellular Vesicles: Progress Towards Diagnostics and Therapy, 2021-10-11 -- 2021-10-15. Apply via email to:

3237 Swedish Law and Ethics on the Protection of Laboratory Animals - Theory, on demand (online). Apply via email to:

5231 Oral Presentation of Own Research*, 2021-11-08 -- 2021-11-12. Apply via email to:

5301 Methods for Design and Formative Evaluation of eHealth Interventions, 2021-11-08 -- 2021-12-03. Apply via email to:

Doctoral programme courses or freestanding

In the course catalogue, most courses are linked to a doctoral programme within which the course is given. Some courses are given in collaboration between two or more programmes, and then listed in the category Included in several programmes. Many courses are freestanding, i e not included in a doctoral programme. These are mainly general science courses and compulsory courses.

Eligibility and selection

If there are special eligibility requirements for a course, these are stated in the syllabus under the heading Specific entry requirements. Otherwise, the general selection criteria for admission to doctoral courses at KI apply, as well as the specific selection criteria listed in the course catalogue for the current course occasion.

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/photographing 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 your place on a course

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 cancelled at short notice, which affects other applicants.

Cancellation of an accepted course place must therefore be submitted to the course organiser 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 (before or during the course) an administrative fee may be charged the supervisor. Exception is made for absence with valid reason, but a certificate may be requested. Absence is equalled with dropout.

From spring semester 2019 cancellation should be submitted via the Ladok student interface (no later than 30 days before course start), but it is appreciated if the course provider is notified directly as well. Exception applies to courses that start in early January, for which cancellation has to be submitted to the course provider, not via Ladok, in order to fulfil the 30 days limit.

Handling of personal data

Information about the handling of collected personal data.


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