Students

Levels and degrees

FIRST CYCLE GENERAL DEGREES

Higher Education Diploma
In order to be entitled to a Higher education diploma the following requirements have to be fulfilled: finished courses totalling 120 credits (2 years of full time studies), including a main field of study totalling 60 hp at a minimum. Within the main field of study at least 7,5 credits should constitute an individually performed project work.

Bachelor's degree
In order to be entitled to a Bachelor's degree the following requirements have to be fulfilled: After finishing courses totalling 180 credits (3 years of full time studies) the student may be awarded a Bachelor’s degree, provided that a main field if study of 90 credits minimum is included, and that within the main field of study at least 15 credits constitutes an individually performed project work. At Uppsala University a Bachelor’s degree in addition to these general conditions also requires at least one minor field of study of at least 30 credits.

SECOND CYCLE GENERAL DEGREES

In the Swedish system there are two Master degrees. There is the Master of Arts/Science (60 credits) and the Master of Arts/Science (120 credits).

Master of Arts/Science (60 credits)
In order to be entitled to a Master of Arts/Science (60 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Finished courses at the second level totalling 60 credits (one year of full time studies). Of the courses included 15 credits maximum is allowed to be from the first cycle. Not, however, courses already included in the underlying first cycle degree (i.e. Degree of Bachelor). In addition to this, a main field of study of 30 credits minimum at the second level, including a degree project of 15 credits minimum is required.

Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)
In order to entitle to a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Finished courses at second cycle totalling 120 credits (two years of full time studies). Of the courses included 30 credits maximum is allowed to be at first cycle. Not, however, courses already included in the underlying first cycle degree (i.e. Bachelor's). In addition to this, a main field of study of 60 credits minimum at second cycle, including a degree project of 30 credits minimum is required.

PROFESSIONAL DEGREES

In addition to the general degrees, there are in the Swedish system around 50 different professional degrees, comprising from 180 credits (three years) to 330 credits (five and a half years of full time studies). At Uppsala University, some 20 of these are possible to achieve. Unlike the general degrees – the requirements of which, are possible to fulfil either through single subject courses or through a programme – the professional degrees normally require enrolment in a full programme. For programmes longer than three years, the programme will run through both cycles, so that the studies start at the first cycle while the degree awarded is on the second cycle.

THIRD CYCLE DEGREES

At the third cycle there are two degrees:

Licentiate
2 years of full time studies, 120 credits.

Doctor (PhD)
4 years of full time studies, 240 credits.

THE DEGREE ORDINANCE OF 1993

Did you begin your studies towards a degree before July 1st 2007? Read about the Swedish degree ordinance of 1993.