Degree certificate and Diploma Supplement

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The degree certificate shows and certifies which degree you have completed at Chalmers. All degree certificates are accompanied by an appendix, known as a Diploma Supplement (DS).

Degree certificate

For many employers, a degree certificate is a requirement when applying for a job and in many cases also a salary criterion. It is therefore important that you apply for the award of your degree. The year in which the degree is awarded can also have an impact, so apply for the award of your degree when you have finished your studies. It costs nothing, but you need to apply for it yourself.

Digital or paper certificate

From April 1st 2024, Chalmers issues digital degree certificates for degrees at Bachelor's and Master's level. Before that, all diplomas were issued on paper. Doctoral and licentiate degrees will continue to be issued on paper. A digital diploma contains the same information as a paper diploma.

More about Degree certificates - digital or on paper

Please note that a paper printout of a digital degree certificate does not count as a legal document. Nor the diploma from the graduation ceremony.

Certificate content

Your degree certificate will include your name and personal identity number, the degree awarded with the specialisation or main field of study, the courses included, the date when your studies were completed and when your degree was awarded.

The degree certificate is issued bilingually in both Swedish and English. If you want it translated into additional languages, you will need to contact a translator independently.

Diploma Supplement

All degree certificates issued by universities and higher education institutions must be accompanied by an appendix, known as a Diploma Supplement (DS), which includes a description of the objectives, content and level of the studies leading to the degree. The DS is an English-language appendix that describes the education and includes an explanation of the Swedish higher education system. It should facilitate the recognition and credit transfer of a Swedish degree when working and studying abroad, but also in Sweden. The DS is part of your degree certificate and should always be presented with it.

The DS for first and second-cycle degrees was introduced at Swedish universities on 1 January 2003. The DS for doctoral degrees was introduced on 1 July 2007. The DS is not issued retroactively at Chalmers.

About the Diploma Supplement at the Swedish Council for Higher Education

Verification of your degree certificate

Your degree certificate is proof of your degree, but there will be times when an employer or another higher education institution will want to check that the certificate is genuine – they will want verification of your degree. This can be done in various ways.

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