Apply for Postgraduate Study in Sweden

How to apply to a masters programme in sweden

So you're planning to study abroad in Sweden for your Master's degree next autumn. You've found a postgrad course taught in English at a Swedish university that is the best fit for you. But you don't know how to get into a Master's programme in Sweden. Here is our guide of three essential things you need to know about the application process.

When to apply

Swedish universities run four admission rounds for Master's programmes every year. Some postgrad courses in fine arts have different application procedures and deadlines, so always check with your chosen university well in advance.

For postgrad courses starting in Autumn term, 15th January is the last day to apply for the first admission round.

In the first admission round for auturmn 2017 entry, you can submit an application from 16th October to 15th January 2017.

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply in this round, because they will receive admission decisions by March 2017. This means students will have enough time to prepare for their enrollment, look for accommodation and and plan their travelling to Sweden.

If you've missed the deadline for the first admission round (autumn term), apply by 15th April.

The good news is that if you are a European citizen, you can apply for the second admission round to start your postgrad study in auturm term. The closing date for this round is normally 15th April. Therefore, you can still apply for autumn 2016 entry until 15th April 2016.

For postgrad courses starting in Spring term, the deadlines are 15th August in the first admission round and 15th October in the second round.

If your Master's degree programme starts in Spring term, you apply for the first admission round at any time between 1st June and 15th August.

The second admission round runs from 15th September to 15th October.

Note: It's best applying in the first round, especially for top Master's degrees because they may be filled in the first admission round. On the other hand, a few postgrad courses in Sweden are open for late application, so you can always submit a late application and receive full consideration.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to a master’s programme in Sweden, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Other general and programme-specific entry requirements will also apply.

Many British students do not currently hold a degree, but are completing the last semester of an undergraduate programme when applying for postgrad study. In this case, you should include in your application:

  • a transcript of 6 or 7 semesters of completed studies
  • an official document to provide evidence that you will be awarded the bachelor's degree by the start of your master's programme in sweden. You can enquiry the Academic Registrar's Office at your current university about this document. Swedish universities normally do not accept any certification or letter from other staff members, including your lecturers.

How to Apply

Master’s applications are processed through the central online application portal

Compulsory supporting documents

Whichever Master's programmes in Sweden you're applying for, you're required to scan and submit the following documents as part of your online application:

  • Your bachelor's degree (if you don't have it with you, look at our tip about admission requirements above)
  • Your academic transcripts
  • Your passport

Other documents

The following documents are usually required by graduate schools in the UK, but it is not always the case with Swedish universities. You should only submit them if your chosen university specifically ask you do to so.

  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay summaries
  • Dissertation and essays

If you also apply for postgraduate scholarships in Sweden, you should check carefully on their websites if you need to submit any additional documents.