Admission requirements

In order to be accepted for doctoral (PhD) studies, each applicant is required to meet the general entry requirements and any special requirements outlined in the position announcement. Applicants must also possess any other abilities required in order to benefit from the education.

General entry requirements

The general entry requirements are met by those who have:

  • a degree at the advanced level (master's/second cycle), or
  • fulfilled course requirements corresponding to at least 240 credits, of which a minimum of 60 credits are at the advanced level (master's/second cycle) or
  • otherwise acquired largely equivalent knowledge

KTH may exempt an individual applicant from the general entry requirements if there is an extraordinary reason to do so.

Special entry requirements

 The special requirements may relate to:

  • knowledge from higher education or equivalent studies
  • special professional or vocational experience
  • necessary language skills or other conditions determined by the programme, subject or project

Language requirements

Students should have the necessary skills in English to enable them to follow courses, cope with compulsory literature, manage everyday communication within the working environment and defend a thesis in English. Requirements regarding skills in the Swedish language may also be imposed.

Assessment of entry requirements

Entry requirements and prospective students' suitability are assessed at each school by the school's director of doctoral studies.

Foreign Higher Education studies

In most cases, studies that meet the general entry requirements for doctoral (PhD/third cycle) studies in the country where the degree is issued will also meet the general entry requirements for doctoral studies at KTH. If you are unsure about the status of your education, you may contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education  for an evaluation.

Assessment of equivalence

The assessment of equivalence determines whether an applicant's knowledge – acquired in another system – is equivalent to the basic higher education studies that are normally required for the doctoral subject in question.

Exemption from the general entry requirements

An exemption from the general entry requirements may be granted to an applicant who has not completed courses corresponding to 240 credits but who has already completed advanced (master's/second cycle) courses corresponding to a minimum of 60 credits, as well as an independent degree project linked to the intended subject of study.

Assessment of suitability

Applicants are judged suitable for doctoral studies if they possess the necessary maturity, judgement and capacity for independent critical analysis.


Candidate(s) will be selected from among the applicants who fulfil the requirements for doctoral studies. The results of studies at an advanced (master's) level or in the form of independent work are of particular interest in this context, as is the candidate's ability to benefit from the studies (suitability).

The selection process is handled by each school and the final decision is made by the dean of the school, in consultation with the intended supervisor(s).


The admission process is conducted at the school-level.

Doctoral studies may lead to two qualifications, a licentiate and/or a doctoral degree. Those accepted to studies leading to a doctoral degree may take a licentiate degree as an intermediate stage in their studies. Students accepted to studies leading to a licentiate degree who subsequently wish to pursue studies leading to a doctoral degree must submit a new application and are not guaranteed admission.

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Last changed: Feb 12, 2019