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Karolinska Institute - A Medical University in Sweden

Published On: 28 Jul 2017 | Last Updated On: 28 Jul 2017


Karolinska Institute offers the widest range of medical education under one roof in Sweden. Several of the programs include clinical training or other training within the healthcare system. The close contiguity of the Karolinska University Hospital in the Stockholm area, in this manner plays an important role during the education.

Approximately 6,000 full-time students are taking educational and single subject courses at Bachelor and Master Levels at Karolinska Institute. Teachers at Karolinska Institute often carry out research in parallel with teaching. This ensures that students are involved in the latest advances within the medical field. Ambitious students, teachers and researchers together create an interesting and stimulating environment.

Karolinska Institute also offers good opportunities for international exchange, which gives students the chance to work abroad for a period of time.


Research at KI compass the entire medical field, from the basic experimental research to patient-oriented and nursing research. Karolinska Institute is Sweden’s single largest center of medical academic research and offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programs.

Doctoral/third-cycle education

Karolinska Institute carries out 12% of Swedish doctoral/third cycle education at universities or university colleges. Over 330 students take their PhD degree each year at Karolinska Institute, after studies corresponding to four years of full-time study. Many of Karolinska Institute’s doctoral students have taken their first-cycle education abroad.

External collaboration

Karolinska Institute has collaboration agreements in research and education with a large number of universities the world over, with companies in the biomed and biotech sectors and also with individual countries.

The innovation system

Karolinska Institute has developed a unique innovation system to identify ideas and support commercialization and exploitation of innovations so as to maximize utilization of research findings in medicine and health. The Karolinska innovation system has a number of actors that provide complementary capabilities and services so as to utilize ideas arising from the research.

The innovation system also provides the means to identify ideas with development potential and see that they come all the way to commercialization. The system provides education and coaching in entrepreneurship, the development of innovations, forming start-ups and making licensing deals.

A science park provides the infrastructure and support for both small start-ups as well as mature Life Science companies with a portfolio of drug development projects including a number in clinical phase development.


Karolinska Institute strives to work in any respect times in a very spirit of expertise, equality and variety. Karolinska Institute has 5,334 full time employees. In addition to this a large number of people without formal employment, especially visiting scientists, fellows and unpaid docents were active at KI.

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