Master's level entry requirements

In order to be considered for admission to a master's degree programme at Linköping University, you must meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

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General entry requirements

A bachelor's degree

To meet the entry requirements for master's level studies, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.

Students in their final year of a bachelor's degree
Students who do not hold the required degree, but are registered for the final year of a programme leading to such a degree, may be accepted.
An official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the master's 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 Examinations Office or an equivalent office of your current university. Certification from other staff members will not be accepted. Then the degree certificate must be presented to Linköping University when you register for your studies.

University Admissions in Sweden has created a form that you can use to obtain certification from your current university.

More information for students in their final year of bachelor's studies

Proficiency in English

To be admitted to master's level studies, you must also demonstrate proficiency in English, corresponding to the level of English achieved in Swedish upper secondary education (English B/ English 6). For applicants who have not taken Swedish upper secondary education, skills in English are normally confirmed by means of an internationally recognised test such as:

  • IELTS (Academic modules) with an overall mark of 6.5, and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, with a total score of 575
  • TOEFL internet-based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, with a total score of 90. Note - TOEFL Examinee Score Records are not accepted. All TOEFL tests must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Information about other internationally recognised English tests at the University Admissions in Sweden website

Exemptions based on upper secondary studies
Some students who meet the basic entry requirements for admission to university studies in Sweden also meet the requirements for English 6.

See exemptions based on upper secondary school studies at the University Admissions in Sweden website

Exemptions based on previous university studies
Students who have previously studied in English at the university level may be exempt from submitting formal test results to show their English proficiency.

See exemptions based on previous university studies at the University Admissions in Sweden website

Important information for applicants with a degree from Bangladesh:

Linköping University is planning to no longer accept previous university studies taught in English as the only proof of meeting the English requirement (English 6). Neither a formal university transcript or degree certificate stating that the language of instruction for the programme was English, nor a degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction (according to the IHU for example) will be sufficient.

This applies to all students with a degree awarded from a higher education institution in Bangladesh.

2019 applicants: Should this information alter your intention to study at Linköping University, you have until 15 January 2019 to make a new programme selection via your account at If you still intend to complete your application for a programme at Linköping University you must provide an alternative proof of English 6. 

All supporting documents need to be submitted by 1 February, apart from any alternative proof of meeting the English requirement, such as an IELTS or TOEFL test, which will be admissible until the 20 February. 

Specific entry requirements

In addition to the general requirements described above, applicants must also meet the specific requirements stated for each master's programme. Please check the master's programme's webpage carefully for detailed information. You can search for your progamme(s) via our Programmes and Courses page. At the start of each programme's webpage, you can select an academic year and then select the show more drop down function to read details on the programme including the specific entry requirements for that programme.

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