Doctoral Studies

Here you will find the Faculty of Medicine's handbook for doctoral students, supervisors and examiners. It contains important information regarding learning outcomes, supervision, follow-up of the individual study plan, doctoral courses, formalities before defence of thesis and a lot more information that you will need during your doctoral studies.

Faculty-wide doctoral education programme

You who are admitted to doctoral studies from July 1st 2021 will be enrolled in the faculty-wide doctoral education programme at the Faculty of Medicine in accordance with the new general syllabus for doctoral studies. The aim of the programme is to support individual progression towards the outcomes for the Degree of Doctor; offer opportunities for exchange across subject and departmental boundaries, and promote doctoral education on equal terms.

The doctoral programme comprises of 25 credits and is offered in two study variants: 25 credits spread over 8 terms (a total of 4 years) or over 12 terms (a total of 6 years), starting each autumn and spring semester. In addition to compulsory courses, the programme also includes compulsory and credit-bearing work in base groups, with base groups following each other over the course of the programme. The base groups meet digitally 1-4 times per semester according to a flexible schedule. Each meeting is expected to take 3 hours and about 5 hours of preparation time.

Courses included in the doctoral programme, course weeks and semester they are taken for students admitted to the programme either over 4 or 6 years are summarized in the table below. The first course semester 1 is given on campus, while the remaining course are chiefly given digitally.

The schedule is tentative. The course weeks refer to full-time (100%) studies if not otherwise noted.

Course Week
(4 yr)
(6 yr)
Joint point of departures for science and research* 7-8 39-40 1 1
Research ethics 5 37 2 2
Research writing** 6-11 38-43 3 4
Oral presentation 4 36 4 5
Grant application writing 6-7 38-39 6 8
Knowledge translation 4 36 7 10

* Requires about 3 days preparatory work before course start
**50% studies

More information

For additional information, see below for information about the doctoral programme and description of the base group work:


Gunilla Mårald, Faculty Coordinator
090-786 71 78

Ann Sörlin, Director of Doctoral Studies and Chair, Council for Doctoral Education
090-786 92 38

Lena Åminne