Entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education

In order to be admitted as a doctoral student, you are required to meet the general and specific entry requirements (eligibility). Karolinska Institutet, as most higher education institutions, follows the guidelines developed by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF), and the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) in the assessment of general and specific eligibility.

General eligibility 

A prospective doctoral student meets the general entry requirement for doctoral education if he or she: 

  1. has been awarded a degree at advanced (equivalent to second-cycle in Sweden) level, or, 
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (ECTS) of which at least 60 credits (ECTS) were awarded at advanced level, or 
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. 

The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. Please see the Higher Education Ordinance Chapt 7 section 39.

Kindly note that 60 credits from a non-EHEA country might not be the same as 60 ECTS. Also note that your studies must have been completed at an internationally recognised university. 

Specific eligibility (the English language requirement) 

All prospective doctoral students must show proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 (with a passing grade). 

Applicants with academic credentials from the Nordic countries 

Applicants who meet the general entry requirements according to point 1 or 2, see above, through academic credentials from a Nordic higher education institution is 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.

Applicants with academic credentials from a country outside of the Nordic region 

For information on how applicants with foreign academic credentials, foreign upper secondary school credentials or an internationally recognised English test can certify the English requirement, please see English language requirements for doctoral education

Documentation requirements – Swedish academic credentials 

The following documents must be uploaded for each doctoral student position that you apply for through the recruitment system Varbi: 

Completed master’s degree (advanced level) 

An applicant with a completed master’s degree must submit the following documents: 

  • Master’s degree certificate 
  • Official transcript of records 

Ongoing master’s studies (advanced level) 

An applicant with ongoing master’s studies must submit the following documents: 

  • Official transcript of records with all completed courses at master’s level 
  • Bachelor's degree certificate 
  • Bachelor’s official transcript of records 

Documentation requirements – foreign academic credentials 

The following documents must be uploaded for each doctoral student position that you apply for through the recruitment system Varbi: 

Completed master’s degree (advanced level) 

An applicant with a completed master’s degree must submit the following documents: 

  • Bachelor's and master's degree certificates in original language 
  • Official transcript of records of your master’s and bachelor’s studies in original language 
  • Diploma supplements (if applicable) 
  • Documentation that certify the English requirement 

A translation is required if the original documents are issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. The translation must be made by an authorized translator into one of these languages. There might be country specific exceptions from this requirement. Read more about translations at the bottom of this page.

Ongoing master’s studies (advanced level) 

An applicant with ongoing master’s studies must submit the following documents: 

  • Bachelor's degree certificate in original language 
  • Bachelor’s official transcript of records in original language 
  • Diploma supplements (if applicable) 
  • Official transcript of records with all completed courses at master’s level 
  • Documentation that certify the English requirement 

If you have ongoing master’s studies in a country outside of European Higher Education Area (EHEA), in addition to the above, you should also submit a syllabus for your master's degree programme.

A translation is required if the original documents are issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. The translation must be made by an authorized translator into one of these languages. There might be country specific exceptions from this requirement. Read more about translations at the bottom of this page.

General eligibility - equivalent knowledge 

If you do not meet the general eligibility requirement through your education, but have other qualifications that may compensate, Karolinska Institutet will assess these qualifications to determine if you have equivalent knowledge. Please make sure you submit the following documents:  

A translation is required if the original documents are issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. The translation must be made by an authorized translator into one of these languages. There might be country specific exceptions from this requirement. Read more about translations at the bottom of this page.

You can find more information about equivalent knowledge for general eligibility for doctoral education here

How to scan

The documents must be scans of originals (and not scans of certified copies or copies). Karolinska Institutet will not accept scans of copies. If your documents have been issued in color, then you must scan them in color. Please make sure you scan all pages, including both front and back sides of pages (including for example diploma covers, pages which only contain stamps or information on the education system), and make sure that all details are visible.

Official documents 

Your degree certificate and transcript of record must be officially issued. This usually means that the degree and transcript has been issued by the Examination's or Registrar's office. The original degree and transcript must usually include official stamps and signatures by the issuing officer. 

Translations

A translation is required if the original documents are issued in a language other than Swedish, Danish, English or Norwegian. The translation must be made by an authorized translator into one of these languages. There might be country specific exceptions from this requirement. Karolinska Institutet uses the same documentation requirements as specified by University Admissions. For more information regarding country specific documentation requirements please visit their web page.

Contact 

You can send an email to doctoraleligibility@ki.se if you have any questions regarding the general and specific eligibility. You are advised to contact the department directly if your questions are specific for the advertised position (contact details can be found in the advertisements).