Introduction to doctoral education at KI – Expectations, support and opportunities

All students admitted to doctoral/third cycle education at Karolinska Institutet (KI) have to participate in a general and compulsory introduction to doctoral education within the first year.

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.

Please note that the introduction course has a new syllabus (course number 5511) valid from the autumn semester of 2021 with extended content and that will be credit-bearing (1 hp).

Learning outcome

  1. Be fully familiar with the rules for doctoral education at KI
  2. Understand how doctoral education is organized at KI
  3. Know where to obtain more information on doctoral education at KI
  4. Know how to document and handle their research data in a correct way
  5. Know the basics about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) principles, and rights related to the processing and movement of personal data
  6. Know how to use sources in a clear, correct and effective manner
  7. Know how to avoid plagiarism and understand how unintentional plagiarism may occur
  8. Be able to identify why sustainable development goals (SDGs) are important and relevant
  9. Describe how KI impacts and can contribute to the SDGs
  10. Be able to give examples of some targets and indicators for selected SDGs
  11. Describe core pedagogical concepts of teaching and learning in higher education
  12. Recognize general aspects of how to facilitate student learning in different teaching contexts

Compulsory web modules

The introduction course consists of six different web modules in Canvas and a half day seminar via Zoom. Please reserve approximately 3 days for finishing the web tasks and half day for the Zoom-occasion.

The online quizzes must be completed and passed before attendance of the scheduled presentations and discussions. In order to pass the course, all Canvas modules have to be completed and the doctoral student needs to have attended the scheduled presentations and discussions within the first year after having been admitted to doctoral education.

Once all the modules are completed, the course administrator will be able to see that in Canvas.  You will also be able to download a certificate to keep for your own records.

Registration for the seminar (Zoom occasion)

Registration is binding. If you cannot attend, you need to cancel your registration by contacting the administrator.

Last day to register: 1 week before the course day

Course days Autumn 2022


The compulsory introduction has to be completed within the first year after registration. Completing the introduction course (passing the web-courses and full participation in the half-day seminar via Zoom) will be registered in the study administrative system LADOK.



For more information and late registration, please contact the administrator of the course, Nora Espahbodi .

Tulay Lindberg

Course leader