Swedish Education System

Swedish higher education is ranked highly by international comparison with Sweden aiming to be one of the most research-intensive countries in the world.

International master’s programmes are offered in Sweden across the spectrum of disciplines – there are over 900 programmes currently offered in English, and the number is constantly growing. Programmes are academically and theoretically rigorous whilst incorporating strong practical elements and encouraging critical and creative thinking.

Swedish students are required to complete 12 years of formal education in order to study an Undergraduate degree at a Swedish university.

Bachelor’s programmes typically require three years of full-time study, for a total of 180 ECTS credits.
Master’s programmes in Sweden require either one or two years of study, for a total of 60 or 120 ECTS credits. Both versions follow a similar structure: advanced coursework followed by a research-based master’s thesis.

As an international student, if you do not meet the University’s direct entry requirements, you should complete the Pre-Master's Preparation Programme and on successful completion, apply directly to Lund University for a Master's degree. Students will need to have reached the appropriate english language level and already have achieved a Bachelor's degree from a recognised University to be considered by Lund University.

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The Pre-Master's Preparation Programme

This pathway is designed specifically for international students looking to progress to Lund University.

  • Taught on the campus of Lund University - experience what it is to be part of Lund University whilst studying your Pre-Master's programme
  • A comprehensive 26-hour week academic and English programmes to prepare students thoroughly for the demands of a Lund University degree
  • All programmes and degrees are delivered in English


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Lund University - Sweden's top-ranked university

  • Established in 1666
  • Ranked 70 in the QS World Universities Ranking 2014-15
  • One of the world's top 100 university's
  • Member of the League of European Research Universities and member of Universitas 21
  • Around 42,000 students, 3,000 research students and 100 Master's degrees
  • Over 130 nationalities

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