Levels and degrees

There are three levels, cycles, of higher education and the degrees awarded follow the same level.

A programme leads to a general or a professional degree. A general degree must always include a major field of study. A Bachelor's degree must also include a minor field of study. See major and a minor fields of study at Uppsala University.

First cycle: Higher Education Diploma (120 credits), Bachelor's degree (180 credits)
Second cycle: Master of Arts/Science (60 credits), Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)
Third cycle: Licentiate (120 credits), Doctor (PhD) (240 credits)

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 (two years of full time studies), including a main field of study totalling 60 credits at a minimum. Within the main field of study at least 7,5 credits should constitute an individually performed project work.

Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts/Science)

In order to be entitled to a Bachelor's degree the following requirements have to be fulfilled: After finishing courses totalling 180 credits (three years of full time studies) the student may be awarded a Bachelor’s degree, provided that a main field of 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.

List of main and minor fields of study at Uppsala University.

SECOND CYCLE GENERAL DEGREES

In order to be entitled to a Master's degree, you have to hold a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish "Kandidatexamen", from an internationally recognised university. In the Swedish system there are two Master's degrees; Master of Arts/Science (60 credits) and Master of Arts/Science (120 credits).

Master's degree, 60 credits (Master of Arts/Science)

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 cycle totalling 60 credits (one year of full time studies). At the most, 15 credits is allowed to be from the first cycle. However, courses already included in the underlying first cycle degree (i.e. Bachelor's degree) can not be included. In addition to this, a main field of study of at least 30 credits at the second cycle, including a degree project of 15 credits minimum, is required.

Master's degree, 120 credits (Master of Arts/Science)

In order to be entitle to a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Finished courses at the 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. However, courses already included in the underlying first cycle degree (i.e. Bachelor's degree) can not be included. In addition to this, a main field of study of at least 60 credits at second cycle, including a degree project of 30 credits minimum, is required.

THIRD CYCLE DEGREES

Licentiate degree

In order to be entitle to a licentiate degree (120 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Two years of full time studies, 120 credits, including a licentiate thesis of 60 credits minimum.

Doctoral degree (PhD)

In order to be entitle to a doctoral degree (240 credits) the following requirements have to be fulfilled: Four years of full time studies, 240 credits, including a doctoral dissertation of 120 credits minimum that has been defended orally in a public defense.

PROFESSIONAL DEGREES

In addition to the general degrees, in the Swedish system there are 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.