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Here we have provided answers to some of the most common questions we are asked. Please contact us if you do not find your particular question here.

General questions

What is a Diploma Supplement?

An appendix is attached to the degree certificate (Diploma Supplement) in English, describing the course or study programme and its place in the education system.

A Diploma Supplement for qualifications within undergraduate education was introduced to Swedish higher education institutions on 1 January 2003. A Diploma Supplement for third-cycle qualifications was introduced on 1 July 2007. Diploma Supplements are not issued retrospectively at the University of Gothenburg.

What is a main field of study?

The subjects that you can take at various levels at a university are called main fields of study. Main fields of study may be taken at Bachelor or Master (60 credits or 120 credits) level.

Information about what main fields of study and levels are available at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the following web page:

Main fields of study

The main fields of study are also compiled (from page eleven) in the Qualifications Ordinance for the University of Gothenburg.

Qualifications Ordinance for the University of Gothenburg (opens in new window)The main fields of study correspond to the former nomenclature main subjects (prior to 2007).

What is a qualification descriptor?

The requirements for the higher education qualification – learning outcomes, scope, independent project (degree project), what courses within and outside the main field of study must be read to achieve the learning outcomes – are specified in the qualification descriptor.

What do first-cycle and second-cycle mean?

All courses, study programmes and qualifications are placed in first- and second-cycle levels. A Higher Education Diploma and Degree of Bachelor are available in the first-cycle. A Degree of Master (magisterexamen - 60 credits) and Degree of Master (masterexamen - 120 credits) are available in the second-cycle.

Can I add courses to my higher education qualification after it has been awarded?

No.

Can I get my degree certificate translated into English?

All degree certificates issued from 1st January 2003 and onwards are in both Swedish and English. If you have a degree certificate which is issued earlier than 2003 and want to get it translated you need to contact a translation agency.

Can I apply for the award of several higher education qualifications?

Yes, you can apply for the award of all of the higher education qualification for which you satisfy the requirements.

If my degree certificate has been lost, can I get a new one?

Degree certificates issued before 25th of October 2018 are paper originals. If you have lost such an original, you can order a duplicate certificate for a charge of SEK 300.

Degree certificates issued after 2018-11-04 are PDF/A-documents. Contact us if you have lost such a degree certificate and we will assist you.

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Application

How do I make an application?

You can apply for first- and second-cycle qualifications via the Internet or using a paper form. Check that all courses to be included in your qualification have been registered in Ladok.

First- and second-cycle qualifications

You can apply for a Degree of Licentiate and Degree of Doctor via the Internet or using a paper form. Before applying, check that certain registrations have been made in Ladok.

Third-cycle qualifications

What should I attach to my application for a certificate?

You should always attach your transcript of records or copy of course certificates if you are applying on a paper form, clearly marking what courses are to be included in the qualification.

Further documents may need to be attached to your application regardless of whether your application is made using a paper form or via the Internet. Check whether you need to supplement your application on the page First- and second-cycle qualifications.

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Requirements for higher education qualifications

What is required to be awarded a Higher Education Diploma?

You need to have completed the courses required to gain 120 credits with a defined specialisation for a Higher Education Diploma. Courses based on each other of at least 60 credits in total in one of the University's main fields of study are required, of which 7.5 credits should be an independent project (degree project).

What is required to be awarded a Degree of Bachelor?

You need to have completed the courses required to gain 180 credits for Degree of Bachelor. Courses based on each other of at least 90 credits in total in one of the University's main fields of study are required. These should include an independent project (degree project) of at least 15 credits.

Finally, you must satisfy the requirements in the qualifications descriptor for the higher education qualification for which you are applying (see What is a qualification descriptor? under General Questions).

What is required to be awarded a Degree of Master (magisterexamen - 60 credits)?

You need to have a Degree of Bachelor, a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Higher Education Diploma of at least 180 credits or corresponding foreign higher education qualification for a Degree of Master (60 credits).

After that you must have completed the courses required to gain 60 credits. You should have advanced studies for 30 credits in total in one of the University's main fields of study. These should include an independent project (degree project) of at least 15 credits.

At least 45 credits should be at the second-cycle. More credits at second-cycle are required for some main fields of study. Finally, you must satisfy the requirements in the qualifications descriptor for the higher education qualification for which you are applying (see What is a qualification descriptor? under General Questions).

What is required to be awarded a Degree of Master (masterexamen - 120 credits)?

You need to have a Degree of Bachelor, a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Higher Education Diploma of at least 180 credits or corresponding foreign higher education qualification for a Degree of Master (120 credits).

After that you must have completed the courses required to gain 120 credits. You should have advanced studies for 60 credits in total in one of the University's main fields of study. This should include an independent project (degree project) for at least 30 credits (or alternatively two independent projects (degree projects) each for at least 15 credits).

At least 90 credits should be at the second-level. More credits at second-cycle are required for some main fields of study. Finally, you must satisfy the requirements in the qualifications descriptor for the higher education qualification for which you are applying (see What is a qualification descriptor? under General Questions).

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Credit system

What is the difference between a credit (ECTS) and a credit point (p)?

Credits awarded are counted in credits (ECTS). Every week of full-time study corresponds to 1.5 credits; i.e. one semester of full-time studies corresponds to 30 credits.

Credits awarded were previously calculated as credit points (abbreviated as p). Every week of full-time study corresponded to 1 credit point; i.e. one semester of full-time studies corresponded to 20 credit points. 1 credit point (p) = 1.5 credit (ECTS)

Can a Degree of Bachelor only encompass 180 credits and Degree of Master (120 credit) only 120 credits?

Yes. All higher education qualifications awarded now have an exact scope. A Higher Education Diploma (120 credits) and Degree of Bachelor (180 credits) are available in the first-cycle. A Degree of Master (60 credits) and Degree of Master (120 credits) are available in the second-cycle. A Degree of Licentiate (120 credits) and Degree of Doctor (240 credits) are available in the third-cycle.

Rules for the content of higher education qualifications

Can courses from other higher education institutes in Swedish be part of the higher education qualification?

Yes.

Can education abroad be included in the degree certificate?

Yes, but the studies abroad need to be transferred. If there is no decision on credit transfer you should apply for it.

Credit transfer for studies abroad

If you have an older decision on credit transfer which is not registered in Ladok, you must send a copy of the decision to the Section of Degrees. When your credit transfer is registered in Ladok, you can include your foreign studies in your degree application.

Can the same course be used for several different higher education qualifications?

The same courses can be included for both the Higher Education Diploma and Degree of Bachelor. However, courses used for a Degree of Bachelor cannot also be used for a Degree of Master (60 or 120 credits). Courses used for a Degree of Master (60 credits) can also be used for a Degree of Master (120 credits).

Can second-level courses be used for a Degree of Bachelor?

Yes, if these are considered appropriate based on the requirements laid down in the qualification descriptors (see the question What is a qualification descriptor? under General Questions).A Degree of Bachelor should essentially include first-cycle courses but may also include second-cycle courses if these are considered appropriate based on the requirements laid down in the qualification descriptors (see the question What is a qualification descriptor? under General Questions).

Can first-cycle courses be used for a Degree of Master (60 credits)?

A Degree of Master (magisterexamen - 60 credits) may include no more than 15 first-cycle credits. However, a second-cycle qualification may not include the same credits forming part of the Degree of Bachelor or corresponding qualification that afforded eligibility.

Can first-cycle courses be used for a Degree of Master (120 credits)?

A Degree of Master (120 credits) may include no more than 30 first-cycle credits. However, a second-cycle qualification may not include the same credits forming part of the Degree of Bachelor or corresponding qualification that afforded eligibility.

What courses can be used for a professional qualification?

Only the courses included in the vocational education and training programme can be included in a Higher Education Diploma. A separate decision must be made if you would like to replace a course in a professional qualification. In that case, this decision must be attached when you apply for the qualification.

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Older rules relating to higher education qualifications

As a result of the Bologna process, a new structure for education and higher education qualifications was introduced in Sweden on 1 July 2007. Degree rules before the Bologna process are called older rules. Since July 1, 2015, we no longer issue degrees according to older rules but only according to new rules (Higher Education Act, Swedish Code of Statutes - SFS 2006:173).

To get a degree according to the current rules you need:

  • At least one course result reported in Ladok after July 1, 2007.
  • Meet the requirements for the degree, according to the latest version of the qualification descriptor for your main field of study, or the programme syllabus for professional degree or degree of fine arts.

If you only have course results before 1 July 2007 and meet the requirements for a degree according to older rules, we can issue a certificate stating that you fulfill the requirements for a degree according to the previous rules.

Application for teaching degree according to the older rules is possible until June 30, 2023.

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Contact

Section of Degrees and Examination Service

Office of Degrees  

Closed during the summer

The Section of Degrees will be closed between July 15th and August 11th. If time is available we will respond to e-mails during this period.

Telephone

+4631-786 1850
Phone hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9 am-11 am

Email

examen@gu.se

Visits

Rosenlundsgatan 4, floor 3
Visiting hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9 am-11 am

Map to Office of Degrees (external site)

Postal address

University of Gothenburg
Educational Affairs
Degrees
Box 100, SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Page Manager: Annika Eklund|Last update: 6/7/2019
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