The degree ordinance of 1993
Active students registered before July 1st 2007 have in some cases, the opportunity to choose between a degree according to the old ordinance or a degree according to the new ordinance.
For students who began their education towards a certain degree before July 1st 2007 the Swedish undergraduate degree system is the following:
Students who complete programmes or courses of 120 credits including a major of 60 credits will receive a Diploma (högskoleexamen).
Students who complete programmes or courses of 180 credits including a major of 90 credits will receive a Bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen).
Students who complete programmes or courses of 240 credits including a major of 120 credits will receive a Master's degree (magisterexamen).
Students who meet the requirements for a vocational/professional degree receive a university degree. They may also receive an academic degree, if they meet the requirements for it.
In some cases, it is possible for students belonging to this older ordinance to choose a degree according to the new degree ordinance, possibly with some additional course/courses. A study counsellor at your department/programme or at the Study Counsellors and Career Office can help you sort out your options.
Reformation of Higher Education in Sweden
Since July 1st 2007 higher education in Sweden has gone through a radical reformation. All students who, after that date, start their education towards a certain degree belong to the degree ordinance of 2007:
- All higher education – single subject courses as well as programmes – is structured into three distinct cycles.
- New degrees, corresponding to the cycle of education, and with new requirements have been introduced.
- The extent of your studies is stated in higher education credits ("högskolepoäng"). 1.5 credits denotes one week of full time studies. One year of full time studies renders 60 credits.
Read about the degree ordinance of 2007.