Admission requirements and selection
Please note that the information is continuously updated and details regarding the admission requirements may subject to change. Please double-check all details before submitting an application. The information below also applies to Swedish applicants.
There are general as well as specific admission requirements. The general requirements are the same for all applicants while the specific requirements may differ between programmes.
General admission requirements
1. Previous studies
A completed Bachelor's degree
A completed Bachelor's degree, corresponding to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university. A Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering is required for most programmes at KTH, please also see the relevant programme description(s).
Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply to KTH and if qualified, receive a conditional acceptance. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the Degree Administrations Office (or equivalent department), giving your expected completion date (see below). Please note that statements from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted. A completed Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, is required in order to be awarded a Master’s degree from KTH.
This applies to all applicants, even if you are already studying at KTH or another Swedish University/University college.
Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. Language requirements
Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency which is most commonly established through an internationally recognised test.
- Paper-based test: total result of 575 (written test, minimum grade 4.5)
- Internet-based test: total result of 90 (written test, minimum grade 20)
English test results from TOEFL should be sent directly from the ETS test centre to University Admissions in Sweden (code 9520).
Examinee score reports, photocopies, TOEIC or institutional TOEFL are not accepted as sufficient proof of English proficiency.
- A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic Training accepted)
A copy should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, they will then verify the result online.
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)
- Certificate in Advanced English
- Certificate of Proficiency
- Diploma of English Studies
English proficiency tests are waived for the following:
- Students with a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, in accordance with the recommendations in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities that was current the year the degree was awarded.
- Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to 180 ECTS credits) where English is the main subject.
- Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to 180 ECTS credits) in Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science or Technology from India or Pakistan.
- Students with 30 higher education credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits) from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland where the language of instruction of the course is English. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.
- Students with 30 higher education credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits) from Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.
- Students with a formal transcript or degree certificate where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction was English. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.
- Turkish students who have studied a 1 year preparatory class in English at a University. The class must be listed on the transcript and the student must have received a passing grade.
- In some cases English proficiency can be fulfilled from upper secondary education, e.g. GCE O-level (minimum grade C). Proof thereof must be enclosed in the application.
Please note that the documentation requirements may differ between countries.
It is important that you read through the programme descriptions carefully to make sure that you meet the specific requirements of the programme(s) of your choice. Please contact the programme coordinator if you have any queries regarding these.
The number of study places available for each programme is limited and the application process is highly competitive. You will find information on the selection criteria in the programme descriptions.
Information for Swedish applicants
Swedish applicants compete for admission on the same basis as international applicants, it is therefore important that you read through the information regarding documentation and deadlines carefully.
A cover sheet is not required for applicants with a Swedish civic registration number.
Please note that the same deadlines apply to all Swedish and international applicants who wish to apply for our international Master's programmes.