About doctoral programmes

KI’s thematic doctoral programmes reflect the research fields at KI and span across department borders. The programmes offer KI’s doctoral students and postdocs a broad range of courses that differ in the level of advancement and specialization and other learning activities in most research areas at KI.

This allows doctoral students to explore a wider spectrum of topics related to their field of study. In addition to core subject matter, doctoral programmes often include relevant courses on advanced experimental methodologies and organize activities that introduce new concepts and theories to the field and that enhance networking. Each student has flexibility to choose courses from either one or from a number of programmes. This deliberate flexibility enriches the academic experience of the participants and enables them to tailor their education and research according to their needs and interest; it enhances exposure to interdisciplinary perspectives, fosters innovation and problem-solving abilities, and aligns with the dynamic needs of the job market, increasing students' prospects of securing employment post-graduation.


The overarching aim of KI’s doctoral programmes is to ensure a prime research training environment over and above that offered by the departments and their research groups, and to offer courses and other activities in the research area of  each programme.

Expression of interest

As a doctoral student you can register your interest in one or more doctoral programmes and thus obtain information on the courses and activities that are arranged. An expression of interest can at any time during the education be done by sending an email to the programme. This means that you will receive information 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

Contact information for each programme

Courses within doctoral programmes

All courses that are given within the framework of the doctoral programmes, with a few exceptions, are advertised in and applied for through the course catalogue.

Overview of the doctoral programmes’ planned courses

Do you want to become a doctoral student at KI?

Doctoral education at KI (aiming for a Ph.D. degree) is to a large extent based on the individual research project of each doctoral student. The starting date is different for each doctoral student. The thematic doctoral programmes at KI are not common “programmes” (like master’s degree programmes) where a whole class studies together. Once admitted to doctoral education at KI, the doctoral student can sign up to one or several of KI’s doctoral programmes to obtain information about the courses and activities that are arranged within specific research fields.

Information about how to become a doctoral student at KI