Application Process for Masters Programmes at KTH

NOTE: The application period for Autumn 2018 will start in Mid October 2017. This post contains generic information relevant to the process for Autumn 2017 term. Please check the website after the start of the application period to verify any changes in the application process. As of March 2017, this post is outdated.

Note that there is no separate application process for applying at KTH and there is a central body that oversees the admission process at all the Swedish universities.

Admission Process in Short

  1. Select the program you want to study from the list of Master’s programmes at KTH.
  2. Go to and click on the image on the left side that says Take a 2 Minute Tour, it explains the complete process in a nutshell about how to apply for courses through the website. Now select up to 4 programs and arrange them in order of the priority, all 4 programs could be from the same university or from different universities. This needs to be done by Midnight of January 16, CET. If you’re not a citizen of a country in EU/EEA then you’ll have to pay an application fee of 900 SEK. This application fee needs to be paid before February 1, 2017.
  3. Next important step is to send the supporting documents, now to make the process easier, convenient and economical, there is an option to upload the scanned copies of documents on the application portal. You can also send physical copies of the documents if you want. These documents must reach before February 1, 2017. 

Documents Required

  1. Cover sheet (generated from the web-based application). This applies only to applicants without a Swedish personal ID number.
  2. Certified copies of certificates and diplomas from previous education at an internationally recognized university.
  3. Certified copies of transcripts of records (including course list). All studied courses and grades must be included. Sort them in reverse chronological order, i.e. put the last received document on top
  4. Proof of English proficiency.
  5. A copy of your passport or some other document of identification. If you are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and are required to document your citizenship status in order to be considered exempt from paying application and tuition fees, your passport copy must be certified. If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, certification of your passport copy is not required.
  6. Proof that you meet the specific requirements of the programme(s) chosen, see information in the programme descriptions.
  7. KTH Check List for Applicants to KTH Masters programmes.pdf (pdf 132 kB)
    * Some programmes may require additional documents, such as a summary sheet, a letter of motivation and letters of recommendation etc, while others may not. The specific requirements differ for each programme. Be sure to check the information listed under specific requirements for the programme that you are applying to. Please do not send additional documents unless they are requested by the programme.For general guidelines regarding supporting documents, please see the instructions below: Directions for supporting documents, pdf (pdf 67 kB)

Additionally, see this page on KTH website to see instructions for applying.

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Follow a detailed guide for the admission process, (the links are with reference to Autumn 2016 session, and will be updated soon)

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27 thoughts on “Application Process for Masters Programmes at KTH

  1. arsalankhan

    i have not done ielts or toefl but i have done bcs hons computer science in English i m eligible

  2. Betim

    Hello.I am preparing the Toefl test.Is it possible to sent the result of test in Aprill?
    Best regards
    Betim Kabashi

  3. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Betim,

    You have to send all the documents and scores by February 1st. As there is a central application system, so your application first goes to and then it is forwarded to your respective institutes. So all your scores must be sent along with your supporting documents before Feb 1.

  4. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Arsalan,

    If you have done your Bachelor’s from India of Pakistan, then the language eligibility test is not needed in following conditions:

    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 unless it is documented that the language of instruction for the programme was a language other than English.

    Read more on the entry requirements page of your programme.

  5. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hello Arsalan,

    I would prefer communicating over email as I am not using facebook very frequently, please write to me at, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


  6. Mercy

    Are the programmes only for private sponsorhip or are scholarships available? If the answer to the latter is yes, how can I apply for them?

  7. Prasoon Garg


    I am applying for masters in vehicle engineering at KTH for 2017. There is a requirement of GPA conversion to ECTS for some courses. They have provided the link of a website for the same but I am unable to get anything relevant for this coursewise gpa conversion.

    Kindly help.

  8. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Prasoon,

    I guess you’re mistaken, there is no direct relation between Credits and GPA. Credits are corresponding to the number of courses you completed. Please share the link you’re trying to use. You can get in touch with me on email at

  9. Shrish Pattalwar

    Hi Abhineet,

    I am applying to couple of programs at KTH in Autumn 2017. Just wanted to congratulate you on the blog. It is really helpful and quite fun at the same time. Hope to see you in Stockholm soon!!!


  10. Ignacio Santos

    Hi Abhineet,

    What form/format should document 6. “Proof that you meet the specific requirements of the programme(s) chosen” have? I haven’t found further explanation, so I don’t know if it is a written statement, a checklist, or some sort of letter.

    Thanks in advance!

  11. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Ignacio,

    It depends on the programme you’re applying to, if they need any extra form/document to be filled, there would be a link to it on the programme webpage, if there is no such thing, and the pre-requisites are based on the courses studied during your bachelor’s, then the transcripts shall suffice.

  12. vinay

    Hi Abhineet Tomar,

    Hi Bro i want to apply for Phd IN KTH in MACHINE DESIGN . KIndly let me know if English Proficiency (IELTS) is necessary for applying.IF Required Although i have 6 Bands in ielts would that be ok .or i need to Retake TEST Again FOR Higher IELTS bands.

  13. Andung

    Hi Abhineet,

    What is the document format in point 6, Proof that you meet the specific requirements of the programme(s) chosen. I believe I meet the specific requirement and it can be seen from my transcript. Do you know how this document should looks like?


  14. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hey Andung,

    If there is no specific document given on the programme page that needs to be filled. The transcripts shall suffice.

  15. Andung

    Hi Abhineet,

    Thanks for the reply. Noted on that. I am applying Embedded System too. Just to confirm that it doesn’t require such document right?

  16. Sagar Joshi

    Firstly just wanted to thank you.. your blog is very helpful. I am applying for masters in machine learning at KTH. I had the following questions:
    1.) Do we need to send GRE or only TOEFL is required?
    2.) Do we need letter of recommendations ? procedure to upload them ? I cant find any link for the same
    3.) Do we need to mail physical copies of documents or is it optional ?

  17. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Sagar,

    Great that it helped you.

    1. You don’t compulsorily need GRE unless it’s mentioned in the course requirements. If you have taken the exam, feel free to attach the scorecard. For TOEFL, you don’t need TOEFL or IELTS if you’re from India.

    2. Scanned/Digital copies of Letter of Recommendations should be uploaded along with the other documents on

    3. You don’t need to send any physical copies. Only uploading them is enough, when you join the school, the originals will be verified.

  18. Shru

    I need to replace the documents that i have uploaded how is that possible?
    What are the steps to be taken

  19. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Typically 1.5 ECTS credits correspond to one week of full-time studies, or one year of full-time studies correspond to 60 ECTS credits.

    A 4-year Bachelors programme has 240 ECTS credits, A 3-year Bachelors programme has therefore 180 ECTS credits; a 2-year Masters programme 120 ECTS credits.

    One suggestion would therefore be to divide the lecture hours per course with the total number of lecture hours per year of full-time studies. Then you can multiply that percentage with 60 ECTS credits, which corresponds to one year of full-time studies.

    If you are unsure about the accuracy of your credit conversion, you are allowed to add an appendix to the Summary Sheet where you explain in detail how your credit conversion was performed.

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