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

All students admitted to doctoral/third cycle education at Karolinska Institutet have to participate in a general and compulsory introduction to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet. 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.

After completing the introduction course, the doctoral students should:

  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

Please note that the introduction course has a new syllabus (course number 5511) valid from the autumn semester of 2021 with extended content and that will be credit-bearing (1 hp).

Compulsory web modules

The introduction course consists of five different web modules in Canvas and one Live ZOOM-occasion. Please reserve approximately 2 days for finishing the web tasks and half day for the ZOOM-occasion.

The online quizzes must be completed and passed before attendance of the scheduled presentations and discussions. In order to pass the course, all Canvas modules have to be completed and the doctoral student needs to have attended the scheduled presentations and discussions within the first year after having been admitted to doctoral education.

Once all the modules are completed, the course administrator will be able to see that in Canvas.  You will also be able to download a certificate to keep for your own records.

Registration for the Live ZOOM-occasion

Registration is binding. If you cannot attend, you need to cancel your registration by contacting the administrator.

Last day to register: 3 weeks before the course day or when the course is full.

Course days Autumn 2021


Course days Spring 2022

Dates for Spring term 2022 will be decided and applicable from September 2021.

The compulsory introduction does not entitle for any credits, but has to be completed within the first year after registration. Completing the introduction (passing the web-courses and full participation in the ZOOM-occasion) will be registered in the study administrative system LADOK.


09.00 – 09.05 Welcome (Tulay Lindberg, course leader)

09.05 – 09.50 Expectations and opportunities
Robert Harris, Deputy Vice-president of Doctoral Education

09.55 – 10.30 Support functions

  • A doctoral student from the Doctoral Students’ Association (DSA) (10 min)
  • One of the two Doctoral Student Ombudspersons (10 min)
  • Someone from KI Career service (10 min)

10.30 – 10.50 Break

10.50-11.15 Support functions

  • Quiz arranged by DSA (15 min)
  • KI Health Promotion (10 min)

11.20 – 11.50 Support functions

  • KI University Library (KIB) (15 min)
  • Data Management (15 min)

11.55 – 12.20 Experiences from senior PhD students

  • A clinical PhD student (10 min)
  • A pre-clinical PhD student (10 min)

12.20-13.30 (optional)

Possibility to ask questions to Ulla Tunkara, International staff services.


For more information and late registration, please contact the administrator of the course through