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 cycles: first cycle (undergraduate/Bachelor's), second cycle (postgraduate/Master's) and third cycle (postgraduate/doctoral – PhD). 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.​

First cycle level - Undergraduate 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 (180 credits, Swedish)

Second cycle level - Postgraduate degrees

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

Third cycle level - Professional degrees

  • Licentiate
  • Doctor of Philosophy

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