Introduction to doctoral education at KI – Expectations, support and opportunities

All students admitted to doctoral/third cycle education at Karolinska Institutet (KI) have to participate in a general and compulsory introduction to doctoral education within the first year.

The compulsory introduction is intended for all newly admitted doctoral students. During the introduction, the process, the organisation, culture, and support for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet will be presented and discussed, as well as the rights and obligations of a doctoral student.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Be fully familiar with the rules for doctoral education at KI
  2. Understand how doctoral education is organized at KI
  3. Know where to obtain more information on doctoral education at KI
  4. Know how to document and handle their research data in a correct way
  5. Know the basics about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) principles, and rights related to the processing and movement of personal data
  6. Know how to use sources in a clear, correct and effective manner
  7. Know how to avoid plagiarism and understand how unintentional plagiarism may occur
  8. Be able to identify why sustainable development goals (SDGs) are important and relevant
  9. Describe how KI impacts and can contribute to the SDGs
  10. Be able to give examples of some targets and indicators for selected SDGs
  11. Describe core pedagogical concepts of teaching and learning in higher education
  12. Recognize general aspects of how to facilitate student learning in different teaching contexts

Web modules and a half day seminar

The introduction course consists of six web modules in Canvas and a half day seminar via Zoom. During fall 2024, you will have the option to attend to the half day seminar on-campus instead of participating via zoom.

Please reserve approximately 3 days for finishing the web tasks and half day for the Zoom-seminar.

The online quizzes must be completed and passed before attendance of the scheduled presentations and discussions. Doctoral students are recommended to complete at least the web modules within the first months after study start. In order to pass the course, all Canvas modules have to be completed and the doctoral student needs to have attended the scheduled half-day seminar within the first year after having been admitted to doctoral education.

Once all the web modules and zoom-occasion (or half day on-campus instead of the Zoom occasion) are completed, the course administrator will register the course credits (1 hp) in Ladok.

How to register to the course?

Please note that the registration is binding. If you cannot attend to the course on registered day, you must notify the course administrator to cancel your registration. Last day for registration is one week before the half day Zoom seminar.

Course days Autumn 2024

The course content will be updated over the summer, and the registration link will be available at the begining of August 2024.

  • 2024-09-11  at 9:00-12:30 via Zoom
  • 2024-10-23 at 9:00-12:30 Venue: Campus Solna  
  • 2024-12-04 at 9:00-12:30 via Zoom

Completing the introduction course (passing the web-courses and full participation in the half-day seminar via Zoom) will be registered in the study administrative system LADOK. 


Course syllabus 

Link to the course syllabus



For more information and late registration, please contact:

Course administrator: Nora Espahbodi
Course leader: Tülay Lindberg

Content reviewer: