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 the introduction the doctoral students should:

  1. Know the requirements concerning careful research documentation, secrecy and data protection.
  2. Be familiar with Karolinska Institutet's expectations concerning research integrity and know what cheating and plagiarism is and how to avoid those practices.

NEW: Compulsory web courses

The introduction consists of a four web modules in Canvas and one Live ZOOM-occasion. Please reserve approximately one day for finishing the web tasks.

The web courses that are needed to be completed before attending the Live ZOOM-occasion:

  1. Important to Know about Doctoral Education at KI
  2. Research Documentation and Handling of Research Data
  3. Avoiding Plagiarism
  4. GDPR

Register for the web course and complete the four web modules on Canvas through this link:

The first two modules are completed by answering the course quizzes in Canvas correctly and after completing the modules Avoiding Plagiarism and GDPR you will receive a certificate that you upload as an assignment in the Canvas course. Once all the four modules are completed we will be able to see that in Canvas.  You will also be able to download a certificate to keep for your own records.

If you have already completed the GDPR course and/or the Avoiding Plagiarism course, please upload your certificates in the Canvas course.

Please complete the web modules before the Live ZOOM-occasion (if you have difficulties saving the certificates for module 3 and 4, print as PDF or take a screen shot and upload that in Canvas).

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 starts 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 coordinator)

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

09.55 – 10.30 Support functions

Yildiz Kelahmetoglu, Doctoral Students’ Association (DSA) (10 min)

Ninna Oom, Doctoral Student Ombudsperson (10 min)

Nadilly Bonagas, KI Career service (10 min)

10.30 – 10.50 Break

10.50-11.15 Support functions

Quiz arranged by DSA, Amineh Ghaderi (15 min)

Anders Wiberg, Health Promotion (10 min)

11.20 – 11.50 Support functions

David Herron, KI University Library (KIB) (15 min)

Nikolaos Volakakis, Data Management (15 min)

11.55 – 12.20 Experiences from senior PhD students

Benedek Bozoky, clinical PhD student (10 min)

Gabriele Girelli, 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 Karin Wrangö, Unit for Medical Education (UME)/ LIME

Karin Wrangö

Educational administrator

Tulay Lindberg

Course leader