Documenting your Eligibility for Studies
Regardless of what Master’s programme you are applying for, you are required to submit a number of documents in support of your applications. These documents enable our admissions officers to confirm that you have completed your Bachelor’s studies (or are in your final year of Bachelor’s studies), possess sufficient English language skills, and have completed the required number of courses in your respective academic discipline, among other things.
No matter what programme you apply for, you need to submit all the general supporting documents. Most programmes also require programme-specific supporting documents. All supporting documents must be sent to University Admissions in Sweden (unless otherwise specified on the programme's webpage), and arrive by 1 February at the latest.
Required documentation for all Master's applicants
The following are general supporting documents and are required of all applicants, regardless of what programme you are applying to:
- A copy of your passport photo page
- Certificates and diplomas of your completed Bachelor’s degree
- Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester of your Bachelor’s programme
- Proof that you meet the English language requirements
There are a number of country-specific rules for submitting academic documents. Check the information specific to your country.
Translation of academic documents
You must always submit officially issued certificates, diplomas and transcript of records in the official language of the country where you studied. If this language of your transcript is not Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English, or if the language of your diploma is not Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English, French or German, you must also provide an official translation into English.
Final year Bachelor's students
Are in your final year of your Bachelor's studies and do not yet have your Bachelor's certificate or diploma? Then you must submit your complete transcript of records for all completed semesters. You also need to submit documentation from your university certifying that you are an active student in your last semester. This way, you do not need to submit your Bachelor's degree certificate by the time you apply. However, if you are admitted, you will need to provide your Bachelor’s degree certificate when your Master’s studies start.
University Admissions in Sweden has created a form which you can use to get certification from your current university. This statement must be completed by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of your institution.
Along with the general supporting documents mentioned above, many Master's programmes at Uppsala University require applicants to submit additional documents to aid the selection process. They are usually referred to as programme-specific supporting documents.
Some Master's programmes may require none of the following documents, whilst others may require one or a combination of them. You can check which additional documents you should submit by viewing the section “Admissions” on each programme's webpage. Please only submit the documents specifically requested by the programme.
Some programmes may provide template/form for a particular document. If this is the case, you will see the download link under the section “Admissions” on each programme's webpage. Otherwise, you are free to write your document in the way you consider to be the best for your application. You should, however, follow the instructions indicated, such as page limit.
Some programmes have special instructions on how and where you should submit the programme-specific documents and you must follow the instructions, such as sending hard copies via regular post to the department at Uppsala University. If there are no special instructions indicated, you should submit them digitally together with your general supporting documents at universityadmissions.se.
Statement of purpose
Students often ask about what the statement of purpose (also known as a letter of intent, motivation letter, or personal letter) should include. Usually, a statement of purpose is one page long, or max two pages long. You can find the page limit under the section “Admissions” on each programme's webpage. Generally, it describes:
- Why you applied to the programme
- Your expectations about the programme
- Any relevant work experience you have had
- What you hope to achieve as a graduate
If you are still unsure of what to write, or have any specific questions about what to include in your statement of purpose, please send an email to the programme coordinator. Their details can be found under the section “Contact & Further Resources” on each programme's webpage.
A Bachelor's thesis, or a Bachelor's degree project, is a piece of independently written academic work of at least 8000 words (unless otherwise specified). You can be asked to either send a copy of the entire thesis or a summary. The Bachelor's thesis or its summary should be submitted in English. If you have not produced such a thesis, it may be possible to send in alternative essays or dissertations. However, it is important that you send an email to the programme coordinator for confirmation. Their details can be found under the section “Contact & Further Resources” on each programme's webpage.
A CV is a document which describes your previous education and professional experience.
Letter of recommendation
A letter of recommendation is a statement of support written by present or former teachers or employers highlighting your academic, professional and personal strengths.
Application Summary Sheet
Some programmes provide a form called "Application Summary Sheet" on the programme's webpage. It may include fields for you to fill in your statement of purpose, work experience, research experience, or summary of Bachelor's thesis, or a combination of several of these. In this case, you should download the form and fill it out.
How to submit your supporting documents
It is very important that documents are correctly certified, translated and submitted in the correct manner. Check detailed information about documenting your eligibility for studies.
Submitting supporting documents correctly
Some programmes require applicants to submit their programme-specific documents directly to the department at Uppsala University and sometimes hard copies are required. If this is the case, it will be stated in the application instructions under the section “Admissions” on each Master's programme page. If it is not specified in the programme you wish to apply for, you should submit your programme-specific documents digitally together with your general supporting documents at www.universityadmissions.se.
If you apply for several Master's programmes and you need to submit programme-specific documents for different Master's programmes, you can indicate in each document name which Master's programme the respective document is for.
Don't miss the deadline!
The deadline for receipt of all kinds of supporting documents is 1 February. This means that the documents must arrive at the correct receiving address by the deadline. If you need to send hard copies or any official score reports via regular post, keep it in mind that it can take several weeks for them to be delivered. You should therefore plan ahead and have the documents or tests completed and sent out them in time. If you do not submit all of your supporting documents in time, your application will be considered late and this will make you ineligible for scholarships.
If you have any questions regarding your supporting documentation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the programme coordinator. You can find the contact details of the department and programme coordinator by viewing the information under “Contact & Further Resources” on each Master's programme webpage.