In order to be offered a place in master's (second cycle or graduate) courses and programmes taught in English, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements

To meet the entry requirements for master's level (second cycle or graduate) studies, you must:

  • have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.

  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. Check the website of the university where you would like to study for more information about language requirements as they determine what level is required for each course and programme at this level.

Some students with previous university studies may be exempt from submitting formal test evidence. See Exemptions.

Specific entry requirements

In addition to the requirements described above, there may be specific entry requirements for the course or programme.These specific requirements are outlined in individual course or programme descriptions which can be found on the website of the university. You can go directly to these individual course or programme descriptions from your search results here at Just click on 'More information' next to each course and/or programme in your result list. Click on the picture below to see where the links are located:


For further information, you can contact the university directly. Contact information can be found at the link 'List of Swedish universities' to the right.

Information specific to your country

For those countries from which applications are most frequently received, acceptable qualifications are listed here:

Academic qualifications requirements

Students in their final year

Students who do not hold the required degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree, may be accepted by some universities.

Some universities will accept a transcript after 6 semesters of completed studies, while others require 7 semesters.

An official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme must be sent in with your application. The document must be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of the institution. Certification from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted.

More info about students in their final year

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