Higher education system in Sweden

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On 1 July 2007, a new higher education system came into effect in Sweden. Higher education became divided into three levels: basic level (grundnivå), advanced level (avancerad nivå), and doctoral level (forskarnivå).

Types of institutions

There are two main groups of institutions: universities and university colleges

  • Universities
Universities have the general right to award first-, second- and third-cycle qualifications.
  • University colleges
A small number of university colleges have been awarded the general right to award first and second cycle qualifications, as well as the right to award third cycle qualifications in specific domains.
University colleges that are self-governing and independent, as well as the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish National Defence College, must apply to the Government for the entitlement to award all qualifications.


Types of programmes

This country has a three cycle degree structure:

  • First cycle (EQF Level 6)
    • University Diploma (högskoleexamen), 120 credits (högskolepoäng)
    • Degree of Bachelor (kandidatexamen), 180 credits
There are corresponding degrees in fine, applied and performing arts:
** University Fine Arts Diploma (konst­närlig högskoleexamen), ECTS credits
** Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (konstnärlig kandidatexamen), ECTS credits
  • Second cycle (EQF Level 7)
    • Degree of Master (magisterexamen), 60 credits
    • Degree of Master (masterexamen), 120 credits
There are corresponding degrees in fine, applied and performing arts:
** Degree of Master of Fine Arts (konstnärlig magisterexa­men), 60 credits
** Degree of Master of Fine Arts (konstnärlig masterexamen, 120 credits
  • Third cycle (EQF Level 8)
    • Degree of Licentiate (licentiatexamen), 120 credits
    • Degree of Doctor (PhD, doktorsexamen), 240 credits


Overview degree structure

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Read more: Degree structure in Sweden


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