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All-time high number of applications for international master’s programmes

The number of applications for international master’s programmes at Stockholm University has reached an all-time high.

Applications for study programmes starting in autumn 2020 rose to 14,904 – a 19,2% increase to 2019, which saw 12,499 applications.

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Applicants from around the world

Students from many countries have applied to study at Stockholm University in this year’s round. The following list shows which countries saw more than 200 applicants for 2020.

  • Pakistan: 1,144
  • Nigeria: 814
  • India: 674
  • Bangladesh: 601
  • United Kingdom: 568
  • China: 505
  • Ghana: 484
  • Sweden: 438
  • Germany: 423
  • USA: 396
  • Greece: 251
  • Turkey: 219
  • Iran: 218
  • Cameroon: 213
  • Kenya: 213
  • The Netherlands: 213
  • Indonesia: 201

Most popular study programmes

The study programmes with the greatest number of applications are the following:

  • Master's Programme in Decision Analysis and Data science: 977
  • Master's Programme in Information Security: 797
  • Master’s Programme in IT Project Management (one year): 776
  • Master’s Programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law: 704
  • Master’s Programme in Economics: 679
  • Master’s Programme in Education with International and Comparative specialisation: 657
  • Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance: 653
  • Master's Programme in Globalization, Environment and Social Change: 615
  • Master's Programme in public health sciences: Societal and individual perspectives: 606
  • Master's Programme in Marketing: 541
  • Master's Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences: 532

Applications to study in Sweden

The deadline for students to apply for Master’s degree programmes at Swedish universities was 15 January. In total, 84,934 students applied to a Master’s degree programme beginning in autumn 2020 at Swedish universities, an increase by 17% compared to 2019.

Applicants now have until 3 February to finish submitting their supporting documents and to pay the application fee (or prove they are exempt) to University Admissions in Sweden, which administers the application process. Admission results are announced in early April.

The number of applications to Stockholm University is the highest since 2011 when fees were introduced for students coming from countries outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland.