Welcome to the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and doctoral
training at Karolinska Institutet!
Contacts CNS
Jan Hillert, Head of Department
[email protected]
517 760 97
Robert Harris, Study director
[email protected]
517 765 61
Eva Holmgaard, Study administrator
[email protected]
524 832 37
Karin W Blomberg, Head of administration
[email protected]
524 832 45
Elin Johansson, Chairman of environment group
[email protected]
524 830 44
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap, Tomtebodavägen 18 A, plan 5, 171 77 Stockholm
Introduction. All doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet (KI) have to participate in an introduction
to doctoral education during their first year. Please register as soon as possible, as the introduction is
most valuable if you take it early.
The web. You will find important information about your doctoral training at:
internwebben.ki.se/en/doctoral-education. The webpages are updated with new rules/regulations
and forms. Please make a habit of regularly visiting these webpages! Important links for doctoral
students are compiled at the end of this document. Information for doctoral students at our
department can be found at http://ki.se/cns/forskarutbildning. The department has its own intranet
for employees, and doctoral students will be granted access to it. The intranet can be reached via the
webpage of the department.
Regulation by the Higher Education Ordinance
Doctoral news. News regarding doctoral training is presented both online and in the newsletter
Doctoral news. To subscribe to Doctoral news, send an e-mail to [email protected]
Figure. Schematic description of the doctoral education at KI
Doctoral training at KI
During your doctoral training at KI you will conduct research under supervision as described in your
individual study plan, attend courses and write a doctoral or licentiate thesis. A schematic description
of the doctoral education at KI is shown in the figure above.
Intended learning outcomes. You and your supervisor describe how you will fulfill the intended
learning outcomes for doctoral training as described in your individual study plan. You can read more
about intended learning outcomes here.
Annual follow up and half-time review. The individual study plan is already determined at your
admission. Progress will be followed up in writing once a year and can the ISP can be further revised
or altered if needed. In connection with the first yearly follow-up you there is a compulsory
opportunity when you will meet the director of doctoral studies. At the half-way through your
studies you will perform an extended annual follow-up, a so-called half-time review. Read more
about this in Rules for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet.
External mentor. As a complement to the supervisor an independent person shall be appointed to
act as mentor to the doctoral student during your doctoral training. The external mentor may be
from the university, county council, industry or another sector of society. The external mentor should
provide support to the doctoral student in the form of advice from an independent person
concerning issues such as career planning, contacts with clients and other sectors outside KI, or other
types of advice. When choosing your mentor (or mentors), it can be helpful to think about what you
would like to do in the future. You might ask someone you regard as a role model or someone
working in a field that you are interested in.
Courses and other learning activities. All doctoral students at KI must acquire a certain amount of
knowledge by the way of general science courses, project-specific courses and other credit-awarding
activities. Read more about this in the General syllabus for third-cycle/doctoral education in the
subject of Medical Science. Courses are advertised in the course catalogue. In order to complete the
general science courses before the half-time review, apply for these courses in the beginning of your
doctoral education. The application deadlines for doctoral courses are approximately May 15 and
October 15.
Doctoral programmes. The purpose of the thematic doctoral programmes at KI is to provide a
comprehensive range of learning activities for doctoral students within specific research fields. To
participate in activities organized by the programmes is yet another way for you as a doctoral
student to create a network within your field of research, or beyond your own research group and
department. As a doctoral student you can register your interest in one or more doctoral
programmes to obtain information about the courses and other activities that are arranged within a
specific research field. You can register to the doctoral programmes in your individual study plan. At
any time you can register to additional doctoral programmes by sending an e-mail to the doctoral
programme’s administrator or coordinator.
Doctoral schools. As a complement to the traditional doctoral education, KI offers a range of
doctoral schools. The doctoral schools have more scheduled learning activities, and the students are
mostly clinicians.
Ladok. Your courses and other credit-awarding activities are registered in Ladok, a computerized
system for study documentation. Your can print your own official study result transcript and
certificate of study registration using ”Ladok on the Web”.
Personnel support. For questions about doctoral studentships, collective agreements, doctoral
grants (in Swedish utbildningsbidrag), assistant employments, salaries, stipends, pensions and
insurances, please contact the department's human resources officer. You can read more about
study funding here.
Support to doctoral students. There are different support functions for doctoral students at KI. For
questions regarding course requirements, changes in your individual study plan, credit transfer, the
half-time review, your time-plan or supervision etc., consult your supervisors in the first place. to The
director of doctoral studies at your department can give additional support concerning these
matters. The administrator for doctoral education at your department provides support in practical
issues, e.g. LADOK documentation and activity report. Depending on what you need, there are also
other support functions, e.g. central directors of studies, the doctoral student’s ombudsman, the
student health center etc. You are welcome to become a member of the doctoral students
Organization of doctoral education at the Department of
http://edit.ki.se/ki/jsp/intra.jsp?d=42417&a=11814&l=sv (here you can find the names and contact
details of the director of doctoral studies and the study administrator).
Activities important for doctoral students at the Department of Clinical neuroscience.
Research – Resources and support
CNS Internal web:
- Academic milieu
- Seminar series/Journal Clubs
- Research documentation and archiving
Useful links
Rules for doctoral education at KI:
Doctoral Students’ Association:
General syllabus for third-cycle/doctoral
education in the subject of Medical Science:
Equal treatment:
You will find most of what you need to know
here (for example regarding the half-time
review, doctoral courses, doctoral
programmes, rules and regulations, thesis
defence, funding and compulsory introduction
to doctoral education):
Forms and documents for doctoral education:
Intended learning outcomes for doctoral
Visiting Researcher Services:
Partnerships at doctoral level:
Sustainability work:
Ladok on the web:
Doctoral student’s ombudsman
External links
The Higher Education Ordinance
Doktorandhandboken (in English):
Study in Sweden:
Your employment:
Work environment and health:
Student health centre:
Health promotion:

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