Qualifications

If you have completed higher education and meet the requirements stated in the System of Qualifications, you can receive a higher education qualification.

You may request a degree certificate from the HEI as proof of your qualification. The degree certificate provides information about the scope and contents of your academic studies. It also makes clear what qualification the degree certificate refers to and what HEI has issued it.

Diploma Supplement

You will also receive a qualification appendix in English called the Diploma Supplement. It contains a description of the content and scope of your Swedish qualification and the Swedish higher education system.

The Diploma Supplement makes it easier for employers, public authorities and universities in Europe to assess your Swedish education. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is responsible for the Diploma Supplement.

Read more about the Diploma Supplement at the website of UHR

First-cycle qualifications

First-cycle qualification is divided into general qualifications; qualifications in the fine, applied and performing arts; and professional degrees.

General qualifications:

  • Higher Education Qualification, 120 credits (2 years of education)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, 180 credits (3 years of education)

Qualifications in the fine, applied and performing arts:

  • Higher education diploma, 120 credits (2 years of education)
  • Degree of Bachelor of fine arts, 180 credits (3 years of education)

Professional qualifications:

Medical doctor, lawyer and architect are examples of professions that require a special education or licence to be able to work in the profession. After such education, the student receives a professional degree.

(*) Issued only by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU. (**) BSc in Military studies is issued only by the Swedish Defence University.

  • BSc in Occupational Therapy, 180 credits
  • BSc in Audiology, 180 credits
  • BSc in Biomedical laboratory, 180 credits
  • BSc in Fire protection engineering, 210 credits
  • BSc in Dietetics, 180 credits
  • Higher Education Diploma in Veterinary nursing, 120 credits *
  • Higher Education Certificate in Folk high school education, 60 credits
  • BSc in Physiotherapy, 180 credits
  • BA in Preschool education, 210 credits
  • Higher Education Diploma in Equine science, 120 credits*
  • BSc in Engineering, 180 credits
  • BSc Landscape Construction and Management, 180 credits *
  • Higher Education Diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management, 120 credits *
  • BSc in Military studies, 180 credits **
  • BSc in Optometry, 180 credits
  • BSc in Prosthetics and orthotics, 180 credits
  • BSc in Pharmacy, 180 credits
  • BSc in Diagnostic Radiology Nursing, 180 credits
  • BSc in Nursing, 180 credits
  • BSc in Marine Engineering, 180 credits
  • BSc in Nautical Science, 180 credits
  • BSc in Forest Management, 180 credits *
  • Higher Education Diploma in Forest Management, 120 credits *
  • BSc in Social Work, 210 credits
  • BA in Study and Career Guidance, 180 credits
  • Higher Education Diploma in Dental Hygiene, 120 credits
  • BSc in Dental Technology, 180 credits
  • Higher Education Diploma in Horticultural Management, 120 credits *
  • Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education, 90 credits

Second-cycle qualifications

Second-cycle qualifications are divided into general qualifications; qualifications in the fine, applied and performing arts; and professional degrees.

General qualifications:

  • Degree of Master, 60 credits (1 year)
  • Degree of Master, 120 credits (2 years)

Qualifications in the fine, applied and performing arts:

  • Degree of Master of Fine Arts, 60 credits (1 year)
  • Degree of Master of Fine Arts, 120 credits (2 years)

Professional qualifications:

  • 60–330 credits (1–5.5 years)

(*) Issued only by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

  • MSc in Agriculture, 270 credits *
  • MSc in Pharmacy, 300 credits
  • Degree of Master of Architecture, 300 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery, 90 credits (requires BSc in Nursing and professional status qualification)
  • MSc in Business and Economics, 240 credits
  • MSc in Engineering, 300 credits
  • BA/MA in Primary Education, 240 credits
  • MSc in Horticulture, 300 credits *
  • Degree of Master of Laws, 270 creditsMSc in Forestry, 300 credits *
  • MSc in Landscape Architecture, 300 credits *
  • MSc in Speech and Language Pathology, 240 credits
  • MSc in Medicine, 330 credits
  • MSc in Psychology, 300 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, 90 credits (requires MSc in Psychology, MSc in Medicine with certain specialisation, BSc in Social Work right or equivalent)
  • MSc in Medical Physics, 300 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing, 60 credits/75 credits for specialisation toward district nurse (requires BSc in Nursing and professional status qualification)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Training, 90 credits (requires BA/MA in education with certain specialisation)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, 90 credits (requires BA/MA in education)
  • MSc in Dental Surgery, 300 credits
  • MSc in Veterinary Medicine, 330 credits *
  • MA/BSc in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education 270/300/330 credits

Third-cycle qualifications

In Sweden, there are two degrees in postgraduate studies: the degree of licentiate and the degree of doctor.

Degree of Licentiate:

This includes two years of full-time study, 120 credits. A thesis of at least 60 credits is included in the qualification.

Degree of Doctor:

This is the highest education qualification in Sweden. It includes four years of full-time study, 240 credits. The education includes a dissertation of at least 120 credits to be presented in a public defence.