English language requirements for doctoral education

You can show that you meet the English language requirement through English language proficiency tests, university studies or upper secondary school studies. The requirement is a level of English equivalent to the level of the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6.

In the information below, we refer to University Admissions website for more information on how you can meet the English requirement. However, note that you should not submit your application to University Admissions, nor should you send any documents to them for verification. Please submit your application and supporting documents through the Varbi recruitment system. The available PhD positions are posted here.
 

Meeting the English requirement through internationally recognised English test

You can always demonstrate your English proficiency with an internationally recognised test. Karolinska Instiutet accepts different tests, with minimum score requirements. We accept:

  • IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
  • Pearson PTE Academic and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)

However, please note that there are different types of English language tests in different levels, even among those tests listed above. Also note that your test result must be equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. You can find more information about the different internationally recognised tests and the minimum score requirements here.

 

Meeting the English requirement through university studies

You can meet the English language requirement through previous university studies. Please make sure you follow the general documentation requirements. A translation is required if the original documents is issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. 

Previous university studies from the Nordic countries 

Applicants who meet the general entry requirements (points 1. or 2. , chapter 7, 39§) through academic credentials from a Nordic higher education institution are assessed to meet the English language requirement. This means that prospective doctoral students who fulfill the general entry requirements through academic credentials from a Nordic higher education institution, only need to submit documents that certify the general entry requirements. A prospective doctoral student meets the general entry requirement for doctoral education if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a degree at the advanced (second-cycle) level, or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at the advanced level.

Previous university studies outside the Nordic region 

Ongoing and completed university studies in some other countries can also fulfill the English requirement. You can find more information on how to meet the English language requirement through previous university studies outside the Nordic region here

 

Meeting the English requirement through upper secondary school studies

Please make sure you follow the general documentation requirements. A translation is required if the original documents is issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. 

Swedish upper secondary school credentials

If you are already registered (folkbokförd) in Sweden, you can complete the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6 at your local kommunal vuxenutbildning (KomVux) which is upper secondary school for adults. You may also be able to take English 6 as an exam. Please check the application dates with your municipality.

Foreign upper secondary school credentials

You may also meet the English language requirement through your foreign upper secondary school education. This will depend on in which country you have completed your upper secondary school, in which year and which courses you have completed. Please scan the original upper secondary school diplomas and transcripts in color and upload them on your application at Varbi.com.

You can select your country of study here.

Contact

You can send an email to doctoraleligibility@ki.se if you have any questions regarding the general and specific eligibility.