Entry requirements

In order to be qualified for the courses and programmes you apply for, you must meet the entry requirements.

The requirements are a form of quality assurance that ensures that you will be able to benefit from the education that you have applied for.

There are both general entry requirements that are the same for all programmes and courses of a certain level, and specific entry requirements that may vary between different courses and programmes. Please see the specific entry requirements to the right column on each course or programme description.

It is important that you submit all the required documents with your application. Read more about the application process on universityadmissions.se.

Prospective students apply by first creating a user account on www.universityadmissions.se to which Swedish Defence University is connected. Applicants create their accounts, apply to courses and programmes and submit their supporting documents for both eligibility and selection in the portal. Please note that all documents should be uploaded under your account or if requested, sent to University Admissions Sweden. No documents should be sent to the Swedish Defence University directly.

In order to be offered a place in Bachelor's (first cycle or undergraduate) courses taught in English, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements. If you meet these requirements, you are eligible for our the courses in mind.

If there are more eligible candidates than there are places on the course or programme, you will compete with those applicants with merits outlined in the description of the selection criteria, shown right under each course's specific requirement information.

General entry requirements (Bachelor's level)

In order to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor's level studies, all students must:

  • Have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education (post-16)
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means such as internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. The English requirement for studies at Bachelor's and Master's level in Sweden is the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B
  • For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

In order to be offered a place in Master's (second cycle or graduate) courses and programmes taught in English, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements (Master's level)

To meet the entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle or graduate) studies, you must:

  • Have been awarded a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means such as internationally recognised test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.

In addition to general entry requirements, there may be specific entry requirements for courses or programmes at the SEDU. These specific requirements are outlined in the individual course or programme descriptions.

If you do not yet hold the required degree when applying, but are registered for the last term of a programme leading to such a degree, you may be accepted with condition.

An official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme must be sent in with your application.

The document must be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Degree Office or equivalent of the institution. Certification from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted.

Students who are conditionally admitted, must provide us with proof of their finished Bachelor's Degree by the course start latest. This is mandatory in order to change the conditional status to fully admitted. Students who fail to prove their Bachelor's Degree will lose their place on the course or programme, unless they get an approval or deferral from the Swedish Defence University.

Conditionally admitted students can always contact our Master Coordinator for more information:

If you do not meet the entry requirements that are outlined in the individual course or programme, but think you possess equivalent knowledge, you can apply for assessment of prior learning.

Prior learning can be practical experience, work experience or previous studies that you think enables you to benefit from the course or programme that you have applied for.

Contact the Student and Education Department for more information: fus@fhs.se