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Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course

This course is obligatory for all who wish to be registered as a principal doctoral supervisor and who has not previously acted as a principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student who has gained a Swedish doctorate.

Aims and content

The aim of the course is to prepare participants for the role of supervisor and to provide insight into the responsibilities that it entails. Participants will be provided with ample opportunity to discuss various aspects of the role and will be given a solid grounding on the rules pertaining to doctoral supervision and on how to deal with different educational phases and problems.

The course includes the following:

  • Supervision; roles, responsibilities and communication
  • The supervisor and some legal arenas
  • Research ethics
  • Diversity and equal treatment
  • Intercultural communication
  • Doctoral education at KI
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Rules for doctoral education at KI
  • Recruiting a doctoral student
  • Written assignment


The duration of the course corresponds to one week of full-time study, comprising five full days of lectures and group work, and concluding with an individual written assignment.

To meet different requirements and needs, the course is either held continuously over one week (5 days).

Eligibility and selection

The course is for active researchers at KI (or one of its partner universities) who hold a PhD. The web course should be implemented successfully before the start of the Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course.

Priority will be given to researchers who have not yet acted as principal supervisor for at least one graduating doctoral student and who will be registered as principal supervisor within the coming six months.


To be qualified to take the Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course you have to do two web courses before the course start. "Web Course for Supervisors" and "Karolinska Institutet’s online course on equal treatment".

The Board of Doctoral Education has therefore decided to impose the requirement that as of 1 April 2016, all principal supervisors are to have obtained a passing score on the online course for supervisors no earlier than 5 years prior to accepting a new student.

More information about web course for supervisors

Number of participants

The maximum number of participants is 35.

Courses autumn 2019

Course 1

Language: English
Course dates: 9-12 September, 2019
Location: Campus Flemingsberg
Registration is closed

Course 2

Language: English
Course dates: 4-7 November, 2019
Location: Campus Solna
Registration is closed

Courses spring 2020

Course 1

Language: English
Course dates: 9-12 March 2020
Location: Campus Solna
Register here
(Application open Sept 5th - Nov 30th)

Course 2

Language: English
Course dates 11-14 May 2020
Location: Campus Flemingsberg
Register here
(Application open Dec 1st - March 1st)

Course leaders

Helena Karlström

Senior researcher
08-123 939 07
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Kent Jardemark

Lecturer senior
076-864 93 48
C3 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology


Elisabet Lindgren

Education officer
08-524 836 38
Team Learn Tech
C7 Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics