Stockholm university

Sweden’s higher education system

Sweden has adopted the Bologna System which standardises qualifications across Europe. The national system of credits (HP or “högskolepoäng”) is equivalent to ECTS credits.

General Information from the Swedish Council for Higher Education


Degrees, credits and levels

A fulltime workload is 30 credits per semester and 60 credits in a normal, 40 week academic year.

First cycle

Higher Education Diploma 120 credits
Bachelor's Degree 180 credits

Second cycle

Master's Degree 60 credits
Master's Degree 120 credits

Third cycle

Licentiate Degree 120 credits
Doctoral/PhD Degree

240 credits


Grading system and ECTS Grading Table (EGT)

Each class at Stockholm University uses a seven-point grading system specific to the course’s learning objectives and/or prescribed in the syllabus. The following grading scale is used: Fail (F, FX), Sufficient (E), Satisfactory (D), Good (C), Very Good (B), and Excellent (A).

The ECTS Grading Table allows universities to fairly compare grades with each other. Each university continues to use its local grading system, but the EGT shows the distribution of grades in a course as a benchmark. All students who ask for international grades should be offered a transcript that includes EGT. The EGT is not given for classes with fewer than two years’ data.

Stockholm University does not give cumulative grades for a degree and does not rank students.

On this page