Application to master programmes - general information

The Swedish Council for Higher Education handles the website for students who want to apply for higher education studies in Sweden,

The application process will already start in mid October for master programmes given the following autumn, key dates for application. The deadline for the application process is mid- January.

Follow the general instructions presented on the web pages, overview and Master documentation page. Do not forget to prioritize the programmes you apply for before submitting your application! Attach all required documentation according to the general requirements as well as the specific requirements stated below and upload the complementary documentation. Check what applies for your country. The application will not be valid unless all the required documents have reached the National Admissions Office. Note that it is your own responsibility to send the documents in time, so as to allow enough time for the documents to arrive.

General entrance requirements

There are basically two alternatives for how to fulfil the general requirements with regard to academic studies. In both cases the university has to be listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities.

1) You already hold a University Degree

You hold a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish “Kandidatexamen” 180 credits, i.e. approximately equivalent to a bachelor’s degree at a British University) from an internationally recognised University.

2) Conditional Admission

If you have not completed all of the requirements for your degree on the last application date, you must submit 1) documentation of your studies confirming that you have fulfilled at least 75% of your degree requirements, 2) a document confirming registration and what you are studying in your last semester plus 3) a certificate from the issuing University (signed by Director of studies or equivalent) that you are likely to fulfil the requirements for the final degree before the end of August. 

See the university's central pages about application to get certificates and other documents. There you can find the document Statement of enrollment status for students in their final year of bachelor's studies.
If you have  a conditional admission notification, you must be able to present the final degree when registering for the programme - at the programme start in late August.

If you have obtained a conditional admission and you are a citizen outside EU/EEA, and thus require a study visa to enter Sweden, you should start applying for a visa immediately after receiving the conditional admission notification which is issued as a pdf via your personal pages at in the end of March. More information can be found at the Swedish Migration Board ("Migrationsverket"). Then click Studying in Sweden > Universities and university college in the left side menu. All admitted students will also get further e-mail information directly from us as soon as the admission process is finished.

Documents required

The application is done on-line via The documentation required is:

  • Certificates and diplomas from previous university education according to either of the two alternatives above.
  • Transcripts of records including course lists (sorted in reverse chronological order) as well as a registration record for the courses remaining during the last semester, if you are aiming for conditional admission.
  • Proof of English skills (see further below).
  • The above documentation should clearly show that you satisfy the specific requirements of the programme chosen. View specific requirements and get application codes and links under under the respective programme and specialisation. Please be sure to study the admission requirements, the programme curricula, etc. in detail before applying for a specific programme! 
  • A copy of your passport or some other document of identification.
  • Filled in Application Summary Sheet
    - For Applied Biotechnology
    - For Bioinformatics
    - For Biology
  • Not required are letters of recommendation, CV (curriculum vitae) or a written summary of your Bachelor´s degree project (if you already hold a degree).

Sort all documents according to the order in the above list.

Furthermore, all documents, copies and scanned documents supporting the application must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution, or a notary public.

Please note that applications not supported by officially certified documents will not be processed.

Please note also that the National Admissions Office checks the authenticity of your documents with the issuing institution. Applications with unauthentic documents will invariably be rejected.

Proficiency in English

Also required is proof of skills in English, by one of the following internationally recognised tests:

  • TOEFL-test (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Minimum scores are mark 4.5 in the written test and a total score of 575 for the paper-based test, and mark 20 in the written test and a total score of 90 for the Internet-based test.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Minimum overall score 6.5 and no band lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) or CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

The language test results should reach the National Admissions Office at the same time as the rest of the documentation. In the case of the TOEFL test, the results should be sent directly to University Admissions in Sweden from the test centre. The institution code is "Sweden 3477".

Follow this link for more information regarding English language requirements (e.g. English tests and exemptions).

Selection of applicants

Selection of applicants is done by Uppsala University and will be based on previous academic studies and degrees and  the Application Summary Sheet .

Last modified: 2021-10-25