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Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet: A world-leading medical university

Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden is one of the world's best medical universities. Founded in 1810 by King Karl XIII, Karolinska Institutet's mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Medical and health sciences research at Karolinska Institutet covers 40% of the medical and health research conducted in Sweden. Research carried out at Karolinska Institutet is possible due to the Karolinska Universitet Hospital and other medical teaching hospitals that are in the close vicinity.

Over 6,000 students attend 15 different undergraduate programmes, one-year or two-year master programmes, healthcare programmes, and single course programmes at Karolinska Institutet.

Karolinska Institutet: a global influence

Since 2009, Karolinska Institutet has been recognised as one of the top medical schools in the world. The Global Master's Programmes taught at KI are only taught in English. The programmes' emphasis on health and life sciences has allowed Karolinska Institutet's reputation for quality and innovation in these fields to become well established around the world.

Karolinska Institutet's global influence is furthered by the direct involvement with the world renowned Nobel Prize awards. Since 1901, KI has been selecting the Nobel Laureates for the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine. Of the eight Swedish citizens who have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, five have been from Karolinska Institutet.

Why choose Karolinska Institutet?

There are many different reasons why prospective students choose to study at Karolinska Institutet. These students share this top medical university’s passion for research and drive to contribute to the overall improvement of human health. The following reasons make it so alluring to study at KI:

  • KI is solely dedicated to the medical and health sciences disciplines, which means all resources and professors' focus is towards the same goals.
  • KI is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world, and top 10 medical schools in Europe.
  • International students can find career and PhD opportunities after graduation from Karolinska Institutet.
  • Professors at KI spend all their time teaching or conducting medical and health research; this allows professors to stay on top of developments within their fields and maintain close contact with their students.
  • Almost 90% of people in Sweden speak English, which makes living in the beautiful, safe city of Stockholm (the capital of Sweden) an even more enjoyable place to study.


Master's degree
Health & Well-Being
Medicine Delivery method Length Location
Global Master's Programme in Biomedicine On campus 2 years Stockholm
Public Health
Global Master's Programme in Global Health On campus 1 year Stockholm
Global Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences On campus 2 years Stockholm
Joint Master's Programme in Health Informatics On campus 2 years Stockholm
Global Master's Programme in Bioentrepreneurship On campus 2 years Stockholm
Global Master's Programme in Toxicology On campus Stockholm

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