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Apply for Master's programme

Here's a step-by-step guide on how you apply for a master's programme at the University of Gothenburg. There is a lot of important steps on the list so read the information carefully. All applications to the University of Gothenburg goes through the Swedish National Admissions Portal, universityadmissions.se.

1. Find your programme

The first step to applying is finding the right programme for you. Do proper research before by reading all available information about the programme. It is important that you find a program that match your interest and what you want to do after your studies. You can apply to up to four programmes in the first admissions round and up to twelve programmes/courses in the second admissions round. 

2. Check requirements

Each programme will have general entry requirements and programme-specific entry requirements. Once you’ve decided which programme(s) you’d like to apply for, check all requirements to determine if you can apply. 

Please note! The Admissions Office does not make prior assessments of eligibility. If you have questions regarding the specific requirements, please contact a study counsellor at the department of studies.

Questions about a course or programme

To meet the entry requirements for master's level studies, you must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.

An assessment of your previous academic qualifications in relation to the general entrance requirements will be made by the University Admissions in Sweden.

Step 1: Provide application documents, master's (universityadmissions.se)

For most of our Master's Programmes, the English requirement is English Level 6. You can demonstrate that you meet the language requirement through:

  • certain upper secondary (high school) studies,
  • certain university studies,
  • or an internationally recognised English test.

English language requirements on universityadmissions.se 

Specific entrance requirements is always listed on each programme page, under requirements. It is usually a specification that you need to have a number of credits in a certain subject or field. 

Our fine art programmes always requires extra documentation. It can be work samples, drawings, videos etc. Our programmes in Music usually holds auditions as a part of the admission process.  

If you cannot fulfil the formal general entry requirements for higher education studies, the University of Gothenburg can evaluate your experience from working life and from voluntary work or other activities through what is termed recognition of prior learning. This is an alternative way of demonstrating that you have the necessary competence to handle the course/programme you have applied for.

Recognition of prior learning (information only available in Swedish)

3. Send application 

You apply through universityadmissions.se, the Swedish National Admissions Portal. Your application should include the following:

  • Online application form 
  • Documentation of eligibility (general and programme specific) 
  • Proof of English proficiency

If you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will need to pay an application fee of SEK 900 along with your application.

There are currently two admission rounds with different dates and deadlines for programmes starting in Autumn. 

Admission rounds and spring semester availability (universityadmissions.se)

All international students are encouraged to apply in the first admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of the semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive a residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

  • Application period: 16 October–16 January
  • The deadline for submitting all documentation is 1 February.

The second admission round is suggested for students from Sweden. Even applicants from an EU/EEA country have the possibility to apply, as they do not need a residence permit. This also applies to students who already live in Sweden and therefore do not need to apply for a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. The application deadlines for the second admissions rounds are 15 April for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester.

4. Keep yourself updated

Once you have applied via universityadmissions.se, you will receive an e-mail to confirm that your application has been received. Check that all information is correct, and go to My pages regularly to check for any changes or updates. 

5. Get selection results

After the deadline has passed, your application will undergo a selection procedure. The selection is based only on the selection criteria stated on the programme page. Selection procedures can vary depending on the course or programme. Your chances of being admitted depends on how well you compete with the other applicants and the number of places available on the programme. 

For information on available places, please contact a study counsellor at the department of studies.

Questions about a course or programme

If you have applied in January, you will receive a response in the beginning of April for the autumn semester. If you have applied in April or October, you will receive a response in mid-July for the autumn semester or in mid-December for the spring semester. The notification will be sent via e-mail and published on My pages at universityadmissions.se

Key dates and deadlines (universityadmissions.se)

If you have applied in the first admission round: please follow the instructions provided with the Notification of Selection Results or through a notification. Keep yourself updated by regularly checking your account, e-mail and the information at universityadmissions.se.

If you have applied in the second admission round (all other applicants): You must confirm the admission offer you will receive with the Notification of Selection Results for it to be valid. Admission offers are only valid for the semester you applied for.

If you do not reply to the admission offer, you will automatically be deleted from the courses you applied for. The response deadline will be specified in the notification of selection results.

We will not send out an admission letter, with your admission results. Admission results are only notified online on universityadmissions.se. 

You will need to print the notification of results as proof of your admission. A printed copy may be needed for residence permit applications and for many other situations. 

6. Tuition payment 

If you need to pay tuition in Sweden, you need to pay the first instalment, before you can start applying for a residence permit. Information will be sent out to the e-mail adress you register at universityadmissions.se.  

How to pay your tuition

7. Register for studies

When the semester start you must register for studies in accordance with the instructions you receive from your department. If you do not register, you will lose your place.

Before the semester starts, you will receive information from your department regarding the start of the semester. All questions regarding schedule, introduction, literature etc. can be answered by your department.

I have questions – who to contact?

For questions regarding documentation of your prior studies, please contact universityadmissions.se.

If you have questions regarding the specific requirements or selection methods for a programme/course, please contact the department of studies.

For other questions regarding your application, contact the Admissions office.