Masters from Sweden: Structure, Eligibility and Application Process for PG Courses

Masters from Sweden: Structure, Eligibility and Application Process for PG Courses

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 17:55 IST

Sweden is quickly picking up as a go to destination for study abroad. With some of the oldest and best universities and a good job market, the country offers excellent advantages to students aspiring to do masters abroad. Some of the Top Universities in Sweden are home to Nobel laureates and inventors and continue to churn out excellent researchers across various domains. We talk here about the structure of the masters’ program in the country, its basic eligibility criterion and how students can apply to universities in Sweden.

Masters from Sweden

Structure of Masters’ Courses in Sweden

There are primarily two types of master’s programs available in Swedish Universities.

1. Magisterexamen which is a one year degree course of 60 credits

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2. Masterexamen which is a two year degree course of 120 credits.

There is no set rule and both the degrees require a thesis at the end of the program. Some courses might be a yearlong program while others may be a two year long programs. Most of the MS Colleges in Sweden offer two year programs for International Students.

Eligibility for Masters’ Courses for Indian Students for Swedish Universities

Universities in Sweden essentially require students to have completed the equivalent of a three year Swedish program in their under-graduation to be eligible for a master’s degree course. The minimum requirement in general cases is a four year degree course. However, this is not a standard rule. A student can also apply to Universities in Sweden after completing a three year bachelor’s course followed by a master’s degree.

Also, some of the courses also accept students who have completed a three year bachelor’s degree from a recognized universities in India. Students needs to remember that the minimum requirement in such cases is a three year bachelor’s honours degree. A degree without honours alone does not meet the basic eligibility requirements for master programs in Swedish Universities.

Also, the Universities do not recognize Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and/or Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery from India.

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English Language Requirements and Swedish Universities

As a general rule, if you have completed your bachelors in a program whose primary language of instruction was English, then you need not provide proof of English Language Proficiency Exams (like IELTS/ TOEFL). However, we always recommend students to provide the scores in case they have written the exams.

Application Process for Masters Programs in Swedish Universities

Very much like the Bachelors from Sweden, the application for the master’s programs are also done through the centralized online system of to

There are two rounds of applications for both autumn and fall sessions. The first round of admissions open in mid of October of previous year and the online portal closes on the 1st of February of the same year. This is also, at times, the last date to submit the required documents and also (at times) for submission of fees. The second round of admissions open in the month of March and go on till August. However, most of the International students are recommended to apply only during the first round of admission. Most often, there would not be enough time after the second round of admissions for the students to apply for and get a Student Visa for Sweden, which can take about 3 months to process. Also, most of the Universities close admissions for International students during the second round.

Similarly, the online applications for spring sessions open in the month of June and close by September. Students would be required to confirm their admissions latest by October to secure a place in the programmes which start from January.

Students can apply for both the autumn/ fall seasons. It is important to note that not all programs would have openings hence students must check with the universities before they apply. 


Q. What are the requirements to study Master's in Sweden?

A. Students who are looking to study Master's in Sweden require to meet the general entry requirements for master's level (second cycle) studies, you must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university.

Q. How can I get admission in Swedish Masters?

A. Swedish universities accept applications through, an online enrolment system. You will have to make an account on to provide your basic information, submit the scanned version of your documents, the score TOEFL/ IELTS, and pay application fees.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for Masters in Sweden?

A. To study for a master's degree students require the completion of a bachelor's degree and usually require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Many schools also require taking entrance exams like the GRE or GMAT.

Q. What is the process of applying for a Masters?

A. The process of applying for a Masters in Sweden is Academic/professional references. Copies of your degree certificate and academic transcripts. A CV (for some courses) Research proposal (if you're applying for a research Master like an MPhil or MRes).

Q. Is it easy to get admission to masters in Sweden?

A. Applying for master's programs in Sweden for international students is pretty easy. However, most international students find the application process quite overwhelming and we can understand why.

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Shreyas Athreya

4 years ago

I have a 7.22 cgpa in my BE mechanical engineering, and a 7 on IELTS can i get admission to KTH royal, lund university ,Umea university, Chalmers university or upassala university, for masters in system control and robotics.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

4 years ago

check out university admission guidelines of the following here KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Lund University Umea University https:


4 years ago

Can colleges in Sweden accept nly consolidated marsksheet ??

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4 years ago

I have done b. Com & three year law can i eligible for masters in sweden

Reply to pursuing engineering with 7 cgpa...can i have to get seat in germany???


Swameeka Medhi

4 years ago

Hi Jayasuriya, different universities have different requirements, admissions are highly selective in Germany, a 7 cgpa will be challenging but possible if you have an excellent profile otherwsie - strong LORs, SOP, project, internships etc.

5 years ago

Any specific reason why they don't consider Bachelors in Ayurveda in Sweden ?

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