Research schools

Karolinska Institutet (KI) has introduced a number of research schools for doctoral students. The research schools for doctoral students have more scheduled learning activities than the traditional doctoral education, and the students are mostly clinicians.

At KI there are several local as well as national research schools and one international research schools. The research schools are different in many ways, for example regarding the size of the course package.

Local research schools

Overview of local research schools
Health science The main aim of the school is to enhance healthcare education at the doctoral level and inspire high quality, healthcare-related research. One of the school’s focus areas will be implementation research.
Family medicine and primary care (KI-Region Stockholm) The overall aim of the research school is for the students to acquire a deeper scientific, critical, analytical and research ethics approach in order to be able to conduct research in the fields that are important to primary care and its patients.
Epidemiology (KI-Region Stockholm) The aim of the research school is to provide more advanced training in quantitative research methods for clinically active individuals with an interest in research.
Psychiatry (KI-Region Stockholm) The aim of the research school is to teach current knowledge of psychopathogenic mechanisms and to provide more advanced training in research methods, with an emphasis on quantitative methodology, in the field of psychiatry for clinical active doctoral students within the field.
Molecular medicine (KI-Region Stockholm) The aim of the research school is to provide more advanced training in clinical research methods, with an emphasis on translational experimental research, for clinically active individuals with an interest in research.
Clinical Therapy Research (KI-Region Stockholm; in Swedish) The aim is that clinically active doctoral students should acquire a scientific, critical, analytical and research ethical approach and in-depth knowledge of practical clinical research methodology in order to be able to prioritise, plan and conduct research in areas that benefit patients.

National research schools

Overview of national research schools
National Graduate School in Medical Bioinformatic The 43 affiliated faculty members include most of the leading bioinformaticians in Sweden, and the research school also collaborate with NORBIS in Norway. Alongside your peers, this will form a key part of your future scientific network.
NatiOn - National research school in clinical and translational cancer research The research school’s aim is to offer a tailor-made course package as a knowledge base for future researchers within the cancer area. The school covers molecular oncology mostly, but also research methods for future clinical cancer researchers.
Swedish interdisciplinary graduate school in register-based research (SINGS) The aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary research and provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of how register data can and should be used in research.
National doctoral programme in infections and antibiotics The aim of the programme is to strengthen the national recruitment base and quality for promoting research on infectious diseases and other risks to health. A particularly important objective is to strengthen domestic and international networking in the subject area.
Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) The overarching long-term goal is to develop and strengthen the recruitment base of future leaders in research on ageing and health by creating a sustainable multi- and cross-disciplinary national research school for competitive science, which will ultimately lead to improved quality of life, health, medical treatment, and care for the ageing population.
National Research School in General Practice ( The National Research School in General Practice is intended to provide doctoral students in general practice with opportunities and experiences that are not normally offered by third-cycle studies. The hope is that the research school will stimulate creativity and sustainable environments in which to conduct research in primary healthcare and encourage multidisciplinary research.
Mälardalen region's research school (collaboration with three other universities; in Swedish) The aim of the research school is to offer a high-quality, multiprofessional doctoral education integrated with teaching on healthcare programmes in order to ensure a stable access to teachers and strengthen the research basis within education.
Research school in health professions education The aim is to contribute to securing the competence supply of teachers with a PhD who can teach within healthcare education. By integration educational theory and practice within healthcare, the research school offers an opportunity to develop knowledge about learning processes at both individual and organizational level. This is expected to contribute to an improved scientific basis within the educational programs..

International research schools

Overview of international research schools
School of Health Innovation The aim of this course is to equip the healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies.

Completed research schools

Overview of completed research schools
Graduate School for Hearing Disabilities in working life The main goal of the Graduate School for Hearing Disabilities in Working Life was to develop a scientific basis for high quality research in the area of hearing disabilities in working life.
Swedish Research School for Global Health The aim was to achieve multi-disciplinary collaboration in education, research and training by coordinating existing courses and seminars in global health and develop new courses to fill gaps in knowledge and improve quality of research training. The aim was also to increase participation of the collaborating institutions in low and middle-income countries, creating a formalized network of institutions in Sweden and collaborating countries.
National research school in health care sciences
National clinical research school in odontology
National research school in clinical psychiatry The research school’s aim was to provide clinicians with up-to-date knowledge within the area of psychiatry such as mechanisms for the origin of psychiatric diseases, the methods to study these as well as methods for treatment.
Research school in health care sciences Aimed to develop health care sciences by strengthening scientific research of high quality in close relation to health care.
KI SÖS school of clinical research The aim of the school was to furnish participants with basic skills in critical, ethico-scientific thinking, to provide an introduction to clinical research, to serve as a source of inspiration and to supply the participant with the tools they need for the practical execution of their research projects.
Research school within Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease (SyDAD) The aim of the research school was to train a new generation of researchers with an innovative and translational mind-set, and through a collaborative research programme, elucidate how the different pathways underlying synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease relate to each other.
National clinical research school in chronic inflammatory diseases The research school will give the enrolled students the necessary tools to develop means for prevention of chronic inflammatory diseases and new treatment options for patients and implement obtained scientific knowledge in a clinical setting.
General science for clinicians The school had the same content as KI SÖS school of clinical research and was given by the same department.

Steering documents for responsible for KI's research schools

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