Doctoral Degree Conferment Ceremony at Chalmers University of Technology

Degrees and credits


Academic credits

The normal workload for one semester amounts to 30 higher education credits, compatible with ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The academic year consists of 40 weeks of full-time studies corresponding to 60 higher education credits.  
  • 60 ECTS credits are equal to the workload of a full-time student over one academic year (i.e. two semesters of study over 40 weeks).
  • 30 ECTS credits are equal to the workload of a full-time student over half an academic year (i.e. one semester of study over 20 weeks).
  • One credit is the equivalent of approximately 25–30 hours of study.

Degrees awarded at Chalmers

The education system in Sweden is divided into three levels: first cycle (undergraduate/Bachelor's level), second cycle (postgraduate/Master's level) and third cycle (postgraduate/doctoral – PhD level). Chalmers University of Technology offers study programmes within these three cycles, which all lead to the internationally recognised degrees below. The language of instruction is found within parentheses.​ Chalmers issues two types of degrees - general and professional.

General degrees:

A general degree has requirements of a main field of study and the amount of progressive studies needed in that main field of study as well as an independent degree project.

First cycle degrees

  • Higher Education Diploma (120 credits, Swedish)
  • Bachelor of Science (180 credits, Swedish)

Second cycle degrees

  • Master of Science (120 credits, English)*
* Please note that the degree Master of Science (120 credits) does not correspond to the professional degree Master of Architecture (Arkitektexamen, 300 credits) or Master of Science in Engineering (Civilingenjör, 300 credits). 

Third cycle degrees

  • Licentiate
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Professional degrees:

There are some qualifications that leads to a specific profession, for example architect or engineer. In many cases, you must have completed a specific programme, often five years at Chalmers, to be licensed to work in your profession. These qualifications are called professional qualifications.

The professional degrees Master of Architecture/Arkitektexamen and Master of Science in Engineering/Civilingenjör, 300 credits, are awarded to students completing a five-year programme at Chalmers.

First cycle degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Högskoleingenjör) (180 credits, Swedish)
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (180 credits, Swedish)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science (180 credits, Swedish)
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a Specialisation in Teaching in the Upper-secondary School (210 credits) (Swedish)

Second cycle degrees

  • Master of Architecture (Arkitektexamen, 300 credits) (Swedish/English)
  • Master of Science in Engineering (Civilingenjör, 300 credits) (Swedish/English) 
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education with a Specialisation in Teaching in the Upper-secondary School (300 credits) (Swedish)

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