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Overview of Swedish diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Swedish diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Högskoleförberedande Examen från Gymnasieskolan with vocational courses

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education with vocational components.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, if programme-specific requirements are met.

Högskoleförberedande Examen från Gymnasieskolan

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4) or a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, if programme-specific requirements are met.

Högskoleexamen/University Diploma

  • Comparable to: in most cases several years HBO or an associate degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Kandidatexamen/Bachelor’s degree

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters (Master/Magister).

Yrkesexamen/Professional degree

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6) or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5.5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Magisterexamen/Master’s degree

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Masterexamen/Master’s degree

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Licenciatexamen

  • Comparable to: 2 years of a doctorate programme (NLQF 8/EQF 8).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research based.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 2 years of doctorate programmes.