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Degree certificate rules

Here you will find information about the rules that apply to a degree, how to apply for more than one degree certificate and the different degree cycles and titles.

Three cycles of degrees

There are first, second and third cycle degrees. Each level includes different types of degrees and requires you to have previous levels of education.

All degree descriptions for first and second cycle degrees will include:

  • The exact number of credits the degree covers.
  • Descriptions of the expected learning outcomes of the degree. These should express what you are expected to know, understand, relate to or be able to do, to obtain a particular degree.
  • Each course should be defined as belonging to either basic or advanced level. Institutions must specify learning outcomes for each course within the first and second cycles.
  • For all first and second cycle degrees, a thesis is required. In the case of general degrees, the title of the degree shall consist of the degree as defined in the Higher Education Ordinance and a prefix or suffix to be determined by the higher education institution itself, which shall indicate the focus of the degree. 

Two or more degrees

If you have a combination of courses that meet the requirements for both a professional degree and a general degree, you can choose which degree(s) you want to apply for. If you apply for both a professional and a general degree, a separate certificate is issued for each degree.

Main fields of study and degree titles

To issue general degrees such as Bachelor or Master following the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, main fields of study must be established. Here you can see the main fields of study and degree titles issued at KTH.

Please note that a general degree does not correspond to an engineering degree or the Swedish degrees Högskoleingenjör (degree of bachelor in engineering) and Civilingenjör (master of science in engineering).

The Degree Ordinance – how credits work

Completed courses at KTH are credited according to the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System) where one week of study corresponds to 1.5 ECTS. The term hp (credits) is used interchangeably with ECTS and has the same value.

A study year consists of 40 weeks equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. The number of ECTS credits equivalent to each course is determined by the amount of work normally required to achieve the course objectives.

Do you have any questions about degree certificates?

If you have questions regarding degree certificates, contact KTH's Degree Office.


Phone number: 08-790 70 09

Phone hours: Monday 13.00–14.00, Tuesday–Thursday 10.00–11.00