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Joint doctoral education programme in medical technology

Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) are engaged in a joint PhD programme in medical technology through which doctoral students are admitted onto a combined programme at both universities leading to a joint degree.

Rules and routines for doctoral students within this collaboration

For students

Available doctoral projects at KI and KTH are advertised on each university’s website. This also applies to projects included in this joint programme.

It is not mandatory to advertise doctoral projects if they are performed within an employment at a third party (for example Stockholm county council). A person that are given the opportunity to start a doctoral education within those circumstances can file a project description him-/herself together with the supervisors in accordance with the procedure given below.

Please note that the purpose of this programme is that the student and the project should belong to both universities equally. The target group is therefore new doctoral student, not those already registered at KI or KTH. However, as an exception, already admitted doctoral students can apply for a new admission to doctoral education. In such cases the ongoing education has to be discontinued in order to start a new, joint, doctoral education. Achieved results might be credited into the new education, but not necessarily.

For supervisors

Researchers interested in recruiting a doctoral student under the joint programme scheme may submit a project description to the steering committee.

Click here for more information on the rules and procedures governing the programme: Rules and procedures

Assessment procedures for the joint programme

Please note, the agreement between KI and KTH is under negotiation. At the moment it is not decided which rules apply. New doctoral project needs to wait further notice.

1. When a suitable doctoral project appears in the medical technology field, the prospective supervisor is to fill in this form and have it sent it to the steering committee for assessment:

The completed form is to be scanned and mailed to:

Karin Vågstrand or Fredrik Häggström

Please read the Rules and routines before handing in the form.

2. The steering committee judges whether a project is suitable for the joint programme in medical technology. The decision is then sent to the principal supervisor.

3. Doctoral positions are advertised either by the home university or by both. Doctoral positions for students studying under another employer (at least 50%), such as the Stockholm County Council or an industrial company, need not be advertised.

Please note that the advertisement must make clear that it is for a joint doctoral position.

Instructions for advertising at KI

Instructions for advertising at KTH

4. An admission seminar is held at the home university, after which a decision on admission to doctoral education is taken by the relevant KI head of department and KTH dean (see rules and routines).


Fredrik Häggström

Administrative officer, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, KTH