Before applying for a degree
Before you apply for a degree you need to make sure that all the courses you want to have included in your degree are completely finished. You must have passed the courses, and all the grades need to be reported into the student registry LADOK. Please note that courses or modules which do not have a final grade cannot be included in the degree.
If you have been abroad on a student exchange with Linnaeus University (or Kalmar University College or Växjö University) as your home institution, the credits from your studies abroad need to be transferred into LADOK. Please make sure that such credits have been entered into the system before you apply for a degree. Note that you have to apply for credit transfer by yourself, for more information contact Programme Coordinator.
You apply for a degree at the university or university college at which you have finished your studies.
You apply through logging in at the Student Services (www.student.ladok.se). Choose the headline "Applyf for" and then "Qualification". Read the instructions carefully and choose Continue. Pick the degree, courses to include, write a message if necessary and send in your application. In the last step you can also upload attachments to your application, read more about what you mihgt need to send in below under "Documents that need to be attached".
If you do not have a student log-in you can also apply through the forms below. There are one form for studies at first and second cycle-degrees (Bachelor and Master degrees) and one for third cycle degrees (Doctoral degrees).
Documents that need to be attached
If you have studied abroad without making an official credit transfer to Linnaeus University, you need to enclose an officially verified transcript of records from the foreign university. Documents which are not written in English, Swedish or Scandinavian languages need to be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator.
If you are applying for a degree on second cycle level, and your first cycle degree is from a university outside Sweden, you need to attach a certified copy of your degree, and the transcript of the degree to your application.
If you have a foreign degree which has been evaluated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education, you need to provide the official statement of recognition.
Until November 2017, degrees were issued on paper from Linnaeus University. In case you have lost your original, you can get a duplicate from our archive. Fill in the form "Duplicate Application, fill in version" and save it to your computer before mailing it to us at email@example.com
In case your degree was issued December 2017 or lates, your degree certificate is digital. In case you have lost it, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it to you again to the e-mail you contact us on.
Main fields of study at Linnaeus University
The main field of study is the "major" you want to obtain your degree in. Please note that Linnaeus University's entitlement to award degrees is linked to different levels of education.
Information about Linnaeus University's entitlements to award degrees can be found here:
There are two types of degree regulation in Sweden. The national regulations can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100). The local degree regulations are based on the Higher Education Ordinance but explain in more detail such regulations which are applied at Linnaeus University.
If you as a student have started your studies at the University College in Kalmar or Växjö University your application can be processed under the regulations which were in place when you first enrolled. Please note that the degree certificate will be issued by Linnaeus University even in such cases.
Degrees at Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University can issue degrees for first, second and third cycle studies.
Degrees can be issued with different types of qualifications and specializations.
All information on the degree certificate is given in both Swedish and English.
To all degree certificates issued by Swedish universities and university colleges a diploma supplement is attached. This attachment is written in English and contains information about your degree and the Swedish education system. The Diploma Supplement is part of your degree and must be used together with the degree certificate.
Both the degree certificate and the Diploma Supplement are free of charge.
First cycle degrees
Higher Education Diploma, 120 credits
Degree of Bachelor, 180 credits
Degrees of Fine Arts
Higher Education Diploma in Fine Arts, 120 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, 180 credits
Vocational Higher Education Degrees
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, 180 credits
Bachelor of Arts in Pre-school Education, 210 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Optometry, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science, 180 credits
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work, 210 credits
Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education, 90 credits
Second cycle degrees
Degree of Master, 60 credits
Degree of Master, 120 credits
Degrees of Fine Arts
Degree of Master of Fine Arts, 60 credits
Degree of Master of Fine Arts, 120 credits
Vocational Higher Education Degrees
Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery, 90 credits
Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics, 240 credits
Degree of Master of Science in Psychology, 300 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing, 60/75 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Training, 90 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, 90 credits
First or second cycle vocational higher education degrees
Degree of Bachelor / Master of Arts in Secondary Education, 180/210/225/270/300/330 credits
Third cycle degrees
Degree of Licentiate, 120 credits
Degree of Doctor, 240 credits
Designations and specialisations
Bachelor and Master degrees can be awarded with different designations: ”of Science” ("Filosofie" and "Teknologie") or ”of Business and Economics” ("Ekonomie").
Here you can find more information about what major is linked to what designations. Information about the requirements for the different designations can be found in the local degree regulations.
At Linnaeus University there are a number of programme-specific specialisations. The programme syllabus that was in place at the time of enrolment is central to the assessment. You can find more information in the syllabus of each programme.
Degrees in accordance with current or older degree regulations
The higher education in Sweden was reformed 1 July 2007. Due to this reform, changes were made to the Higher Education Act, the Higher Education Ordinance and to the Degree Ordinance.
According to transitional provisions in the Higher Education Ordinance the earlier provisions are to be applied to qualifications awarded after the end of June 2007, with the following exemptions:
- if all studies for the award of the qualification were completed in their entirety before 1 July 2007
- those who have started a course or study programme leading to a qualification pursuant to the earlier provisions before 1 July 2007 and those admitted to such a programme before that date but allowed to defer the programme until after that date are entitled to complete their studies and obtain a qualification pursuant to the earlier provisions, though not later than the end of June 2015
The Degree Evaluation Officers will apply the new regulations in the assessment of your application if not otherwise requested in your degree application.
Please use the following e-mail address to contact the Degree Office:
Phone: +46 772-28 80 00
Phone: +46 470-70 83 25
Degree Evaluation Officers
Phone: +46 470-70 87 21
Britt-Marie J Widén
Phone: +46 480-44 60 60
Phone: +46 470-70 82 89
FAQ - degree from Linnaeus University
To apply for a degree
Do I have to apply for a degree?
Yes, no degree certificate will be sent to you automatically. You will not receive your degree until you apply for it and the application has been accepted.
What happens after I send in my application?
When all courses you wish to include in your degree are reported into Ladok, you can apply for your degree certificate. The applications are evaluated in chronological order, so when it is time for your application to be evaluated, the degree office will assign you a Degree Evaluation Officer. If you need to supplement your application, your Degree Evaluation Officer will contact you. If your application is successful, you will receive your degree certificate within two months after applying for it. If your application has been rejected, you will receive an official letter stating that you do not qualify for the degree you have applied for.
How do I recieve my degree certificate?
From December 2017 and on, Linnaeus University issues digital degree certificates. This means it will be delivered to your e-mail, that you have registered in Ladok, or if you applied through the form, to the e-mailadress you stated in the form.
How do I know what degree to apply for?
If you have taken a study programme at Linnaeus University, you find the degree title in the syllabus that was valid when you were admitted to the programme. You are entitled to this degree title if you have followed the syllabus. You can find your syllabus through this link:
If, on the other hand, your courses have been accumulated outside of a study programme, then you should apply for the degree that you think you are qualified for. Contact us at email@example.com in case you need consultancy.
I can´t find the degree I´m applying for in the scroll down menu when I´m applying through LNU Student page, what should I do?
If you do not find the degree in the scroll down menu, please chose an option close to yours and specify in the message field what degree you are actually applying for.
How do I apply for more than one degree?
You will have to fill in one application for each degree if you apply for more than one degree at the same time (for example a bachelor and a master).
When I choose the courses to include in my degree at LNU Student page, I cannot find them all. Why not?
There could be two reasons to why you cannot see a course when choosing the content of the degree application. 1) Your course is not reported as complete, it is marked red (instead of green) in 'View your results' at LNU Student Webb. Contact your institution if this is the case. We cannot start the evaluation of your degree application until all courses are marked green. 2) The course is from another univeristy, and this university's courses cannot be reached from our Ladok system. Please note that you might have to send in transcripts or course certificates to verify that you can include the course in the degree.
I finished my studies a long time ago but never applied for my degree. Can I do that now?
Apply for your degree and we will contact you if you are missing any credits or if you need to supplement your application with something else.
I don´t have a Student log-in for LNU Student page any more, how do I apply for my degree?
You are welcome to apply for your degree with our degree application form instead.
How long is the processing time?
The processing time is up to two months. This does not mean it has to take up to two months, but this is the time we have to process an application. Please note that the processing time starts when the application is complete, thus all courses are reported completed in Ladok and the Degree Evaluation Officer has all documents required to evaluate the application.
I applied for my degree a while ago, but didn´t hear anything from you. Is this normal?
We do not send out confirmations that we have received your application. Therefore, it is completely normal not to hear anything from us. The processing time is up to two months, so within that time period you should either have your degree registered and receive a degree certificate, or hear from your Degree Evaluation Officer. If you did not receive anything within two months, your Degree Evaluation Officer might have tried to reach you without result. If you applied through the LNU Student Webb you can log in and see who is responsible of your application. If you applied through the form, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask. Remember to write your civic number so we can find your application easier.
The degree certificate
I took some extra courses. Can they be included in the degree certificate?
Both yes and no. A degree cannot contain either more or less credits than the degree states. For instance, a Bachelor's Degree cannot be more or less than 180 credits. If your programme has scope for non-compulsory courses, you find this information in your syllabus that you can search for here:
Can I include a course from my Bachelor's Degree in my Master's Degree?
No, a course from your Bachelor's degree cannot be included in a Master's Degree.
I recently got my degree certificate and there is a mistake made in it. What do I do?
E-mail us at email@example.com. State what you consider is wrong as well as your personal number sowe can find your application easier.
I discovered a mistake in my degree certificate from Kalmar University College / Växjö University. Can this be changed now?
Unfortunately, we cannot help you. Kalmar University College and Växjö University do not exist any longer and, therefore, exercise of authority in their names cannot be done since 2010.
I got married and therefore changed my family name. Can I get a new degree certificate with my new name on?
No, Linnaeus University does not issue a new degree certificate when an alumni changes their name because of marriage.
I have changed juridical sex and want a new degree certificate with my name and civic number. Is this possible?
If your degree certificate is issued by Kalmar University College or Växjö University, we cannot help you since these authorities do not exist anymore. Exercise of authority in their names cannot be done since 2010. If your degree is issued from Linnaeus University, possible solutions can be discussed with a Degree Evaluation Officer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have lost my degree certificate, what do I do?
Contact us at email@example.com and we can help you with a duplicate. We need you name, personal code number, the year your degree was issued and in what city (Kalmar/Växjö).
Can I get an overall grade (sometimes called GPA) of my degree?
In Swedish higher education, no overall grade (or GPA) is given for a degree certificate and students are not ranked. Therefore, neither will not find such information on your degree certificate, nor can Linnaeus University make a statement about a GPA on demand. In case you apply for higher education in another country where they ask you to send in information about a GPA, the answer is that GPA is not given at Swedish universities.