Graduation ceremony Kalmar

Build your own degree

Are you aware of the fact that you can combine single-subject courses to build your own degree? In this way, you can tailor-make your own degree based on your interest and the career you are aiming for.

Studying single-subject courses is a flexible way of studying and you can choose between a great selection of courses within different subjects (main fields of study). We offer courses of different scope, the most common being 7.5, 15 or 30 credits, and the courses are divided into bachelor’s level and master’s level. By combining courses in the right way, you can put together your own education on your path towards a degree. The most common degree at bachelor’s level is called a bachelor’s degree, which comprises 3 years of full-time studies and a total of 180 credits. At master’s level, you can study either for a 1-year master’s degree comprising 60 credits or a 2-year master’s degree comprising 120 credits. You can combine courses into these degrees yourself. However, you cannot build your own Higher Vocational Education Diploma, like, for instance, a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

One general rule that is important to keep in mind when building your own degree is that in order to obtain a degree, at least half of the completed courses must be within the same main field of study, with progressive specialisation (for bachelor’s degree) including a degree project (independent project), the credits of which depends on what degree you are aiming for (15 credits for a bachelor’s degree, 15 credits for a 1-year master’s degree, and 30 credits alternatively 2x15 credits for a 2-year master’s degree). When you choose to combine courses to build your own degree, you become your own “project manager” and get to make choices during the course of your studies. However, keep in mind that when you combine courses to build a degree, you must apply to the course/courses you wish to study before each semester. Therefore, it can be good to make plans several semesters ahead concerning what you intend to study during the upcoming semesters.