Degree

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On this page, you can find out how to apply for your degree certificate, examination regulations and other important information about your degree.

Apply for your degree

You can apply for your degree once you have completed your studies and access your degree certificate online via Ladok Student. However, if you are applying for both a Bachelor’s degree and upper secondary vocational diploma, you will need to submit separate applications.

You can apply for your degree at any time and there is no cut-off date once you have finished your studies. It usually takes 6–8 weeks for us to process your application. 

As of 2 March 2020, SLU only issues electronic degree certificates and diplomas. Your degree certificate will be sent to the email address registered in Ladok Student.

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What does a degree certificate include?

What does a degree certificate include? 

The degree certificate contains a diploma stating the title of your degree, your main field of study and any specialisation. An academic transcript will be included that contains information about the courses included in your degree. The degree certificate is in both Swedish and English.

You will also receive a diploma supplement containing information about your degree, as well as an appendix outlining the Swedish education system in English. This will make it easier for your degree to be recognised internationally if you choose to continue your studies or work abroad.

Main fields of study at SLU

The following main fields of study have been approved for SLU’s general qualifications

  • Biology
  • Veterinary nursing (first-cycle level only)
  • Food studies (second-cycle level only)
  • Business administration
  • Equine studies (first-cycle level only)
  • Animal science
  • Sustainable development
  • Chemistry
  • Agricultural science
  • Rural development
  • Landscape architecture
  • Landscape planning
  • Food sciences
  • Soil science
  • Environmental psychology (only second-cycle level)
  • Environmental science
  • Economics
  • Forest management
  • Forest science
  • Technology
  • Horticultural science
  • Veterinary medicine

Electronic degree certificate

As of 2 March 2020, SLU only issues electronic degree certificates and diplomas. Your degree certificate will be sent to the email address registered in Ladok Student.

This enables you to email your degree certificate directly to your employer and other higher education institutions. You no longer need to worry about hard copies, attestation and scanning and you will be able to obtain a new copy if you happen to lose your original degree certificate.

Your degree certificate is issued as a PDF/A file and contains an electronic signature. You will need to download your degree certificate and view it in a PDF reader. There is a risk that you will not be able to open the file in a PDF editor, as the file is protected.

Degree certificates issued before 2 March 2020 cannot be reissued electronically.

Information for employers/recruiters

All electronic degree certificates issued by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences contain two electronic signatures. This ensures that our degree certificates have been securely signed and are legally binding. You can check their validity by clicking on the signatures. If the certificate is valid, a green banner will be displayed on the verification page. Our electronic signatures are supplied by Adobe Sign.

Rejections and appeals

Rejections and appeals

If your application does not meet the degree requirements, we will contact you and let you know what you need to do. If a decision to reject your application is taken, you have the right to appeal. You submit your appeal to SLU, however it will be assessed by the Higher Education Appeals Board.

Degree requirements

To be awarded your degree, the courses you have taken and provided in your application must meet the degree requirements.

Your degree is made up of a specific number of credits. This means that your degree cannot contain more credits than the number stipulated in the Higher Education Ordinance. You may only include successfully completed courses in your degree. Make sure that all the courses you want to include have been registered in Ladok. 

General qualification (degree)

All higher education involves courses you can combine towards a degree. A general qualification often requires a set number of credits and specialisation in a main field of study, as well as credits earned from elective courses.

Your main field of study will be your degree subject and the title of your degree will be the same as your main field of study (not the programme). Check the syllabus to find out a course’s main field of study and its level.

First and second cycle general qualifications

There are two types of first-cycle (undergraduate) general qualifications – the Degree of Bachelor and higher education diploma. There are also two types of second-cycle (postgraduate) general qualifications – the 60 credit and 120 credit Master’s degrees.

To be awarded a Master’s degree, you will need to have successfully completed a minimum of 180 credits at first-cycle level or hold an equivalent qualification from abroad.

If you are a student on a degree programme, check your programme syllabus to see which degree(s) you will be awarded on completion of your studies. Programme syllabuses can be found on the student web.

You can read the requirements for general degrees under the menus below.

Foundation degree

A foundation degree requires:

Successfully completed courses totalling 120 credits, comprising:

  • a minimum 60 credits from a main field of study, including an independent project worth 7.5 credits.

A foundation degree may contain a maximum of 30 credits from second-cycle courses.

All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Course subject area and level

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation, e.g., G1N or G2F. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule, which you can find on the search page on the student web.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required.
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Bachelor

A Bachelor’s degree must include:

Successfully completed courses totalling 180 credits, of which 90 must met the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits from courses in the main field of study at levels G1N and G1F;
  • a minimum of 15 credits from courses with specialised study in the main field at G2F level; 
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project (independent/degree project) in the main field of study at G2E level;
  • a maximum of 30 credits may be accounted for by approved courses at second-cycle level.

All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Course subject area and level 

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation, e.g., G1N or G2F. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule, which you can find on the search page on the student web.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

A Degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration is awarded once the student has a full course portfolio of 180 credits that meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits in business administration (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits from courses with specialised study in business administration (G2F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project with business administration as the main field of study (degree project, G2E);
  • a minimum of 30 credits in economics;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in statistics and/or commercial law.

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in economics will be awarded upon successful completion of 180 credits that meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits from courses in economics (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits with specialised study in economics (G2F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project with economics as the main field of study (degree project, G2E);
  • a minimum of 30 credits in business administration;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in statistics.

Students who started their studies in the autumn semester of 2020 or earlier can be awarded a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics in accordance with the older provisions on completing course requirements (passed courses) of 180 credits, of which a minimum of 140 credits meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits in business administration/economics (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits with specialised study in business administration/economics (G2F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits of independent project work in business administration/economics (degree project/G2E);
  • a minimum of 30 credits in economics/business administration (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 20 credits in other economics subjects.

Miscellaneous

First-cycle GN and G1F courses can be replaced with first-cycle G1E and G2F courses. First-cycle courses can be replaced with a maximum of 30 credits from second-cycle courses.
All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully
completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Sciences

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a major in sustainable development will be awarded upon successful completion of 180 credits that meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits in sustainable development as the main field of study (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits of specialised study in sustainable development (G2F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project with sustainable development as the main field of study (degree project, G2E).

The following is also required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Sciences:

  • a minimum of 30 credits in economics;
  • a minimum of 30 credits in political science;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in statistics;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in administrative law.

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a major in economics will be awarded upon successful completion of 180 credits that meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 credits with economics as the main field of study (G1N, G1F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits in courses with specialised study in economics (G2F);
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project with economics as the main field of study (degree project, G2E).

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Political Sciences, the following is also required:

  • a minimum of 30 credits in political science;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in statistics;
  • a minimum of 15 credits in administrative law.

Miscellaneous

First-cycle GN and G1F courses can be replaced with first-cycle G1E and G2F courses. First-cycle courses can be replaced with a maximum of 30 credits from second-cycle courses.
All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully
completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

Course subject area and level 

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation, e.g., G1N or G2F. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule, which you can find on the search page on the student web.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Master (60 credits)

The Degree of Master (60 credits) requires:

Successfully completed courses totalling 60 credits, comprising:

  • a minimum of 15 credits from courses in the main field of study at levels A1N and A1F;
  • a minimum of 15 credits from an independent project (Master’s dissertation/project) in the main field of study at A1E level;
  • a minimum of 45 credits at second-cycle level.

A Degree of Master (60 credits) may contain a maximum of 15 credits from first-cycle courses (as long as they are not already included in the Degree of Bachelor).

All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

To be eligible for the Degree of Master (60 credits), the candidate must have successfully completed a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Course subject area and level 

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation, e.g., G1N or G2F. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule, which you can find on the search page on the student web.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement
  • G2F: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement
  • G2E: First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F: Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics (120 credits)

Degree of Master of Science in Economics with a major in business administration/economics (120 credits) will be awarded upon successful completion of 120 credits, of which 90 must be from second-cycle courses that meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 30 credits with specialised study in business administration/economics (A1N, A1F);
  • a minimum of 30 credits from an independent project in business administration/economics (Master’s project/A2E).

In addition, the prior award of a Degree of Bachelor, a professional qualification of a minimum of 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad is required, with specialisation in business administration/economics.

Miscellaneous

The Degree of Master of Science in Economics (120 credits) may contain a maximum of 30 credits from first-cycle courses, provided these credits were not included in a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent. All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement

  • G2F:First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement

  • G2E:First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F:Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree of Master (120 credits)

The Degree of Master (120 credits) requires:

Successfully completed courses totalling 120 credits, comprising:

  • a minimum of 30 credits from courses in the main field of study at levels A1N and A1F;
  • a minimum of 30 credits from an independent project (independent/degree project) in the main field of study at A2E level;
  • a minimum of 90 credits from courses at second-cycle level.

A Degree of Master (120 credits) may contain a maximum of 30 credits from first-cycle courses (as long as they are not already included in the Degree of Bachelor).

All courses included in a degree must be at university level, have been successfully completed and may not overlap/have similar content.

To be eligible for the Degree of Master (60 credits), the candidate must have successfully completed a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.

Course subject area and level 

Course syllabuses provide information about a course’s subject area(s) and its level and specialisation, e.g., G1N or G2F. The syllabus is available from the course’s webpage which you can search for here. If you are studying on a programme, you can click the course heading on the programme’s course schedule, which you can find on the search page on the student web.

More information about degree requirements can be found in SLU’s system of qualifications.

Abbreviations

  • G1N: First-cycle level, only upper secondary entry requirements
  • G1F: First-cycle level, fewer than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirement

  • G2F:First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement

  • G2E:First-cycle level, a minimum of 60 credits at first-cycle level as entry requirement, contains a degree project for the Degree of Bachelor
  • A1N: Second-cycle level, only first-cycle course(s) as entry requirement – at SLU, a minimum of 120 credits at first-cycle level is required
  • A1F:Second-cycle level, contains degree project for
    Master’s degree (60 credits)
  • GXX: First-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified
  • AXX: Second-cycle level, course specialisation cannot be classified

Degree from freestanding courses or a programme?

You can either take courses included in a programme, or combine freestanding courses to make up a degree.

A degree made up of freestanding courses is worth just as much as a programme-based degree. However, combining freestanding courses into a degree requires slightly more planning to ensure that you will be able to meet the qualification requirements.

If you choose to compile your own degree, you can include courses from other higher education institutions. However, for certain main fields of study at SLU it won’t be possible for you to create your own degree by combining freestanding courses.

Courses that have been included in first-cycle (Bachelor’s) degrees cannot be included in second-cycle (Master’s) degrees.

Credit transfer for general qualifications

For general qualifications, you will need to apply for a credit transfer for any courses you may have taken at a higher education institution abroad. You do not need to apply for a credit transfer for courses taken at Swedish higher education institutions. Read more about credit transfer here.

If you are a student on a degree programme, check your programme syllabus to see which degree(s) you will be awarded on completion of your studies. Programme syllabuses can be found on the student web.

Upper secondary vocational diploma

The upper secondary vocational diploma is a professional qualification and has a clear link to a specific line of employment. You do not need to have been admitted onto a programme to meet the criteria for an upper secondary vocational diploma. However, it is often the case that you will need to be admitted to a programme to be able to access all the courses required for an upper secondary vocational diploma.

You can find out what applies in the qualification description in each programme syllabus. The programme syllabuses are available on the programme’s page on the student web.

SLU offers professional qualifications at both first and second-cycle level. The menu contains a list of the professional qualifications issued by SLU:

Professional qualifications from SLU

First-cycle professional qualifications:

  • Higher Education Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (180 credits)
  • Higher Education Diploma in Equine Science (180 credits)
  • Higher Education Diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management (120 credits)
  • Higher Education Diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management (180 credits)
  • Higher Education Diploma in Horticultural Management (120 credits)
  • Higher Education Diploma in Horticultural Management (180 credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Construction and Management (180 credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Forest Management (180 credits)

Second-cycle professional qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Agriculture (300 credits)
  • Master of Science in Agriculture (270 credits)
  • Master of Science in Horticulture (300 credits)
  • Master of Science in Forestry (300 credits)
  • Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (300 credits)
  • Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine (330 credits)

Credit transfer for professional qualifications

You will need to transfer any credits from courses not included in your degree programme if you want to include them in a professional qualification. This applies for courses you have taken at other universities (including abroad) and at SLU (courses that are not part of your programme). Read more about credit transfer here.

Degree structure

There are three levels of university courses, programmes, and degrees – first, second, and third cycle – with each level building on the previous one.


Contact

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