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Swedish university requirements

So I've been looking at the possibility of doing my post-graduate degree abroad, and I'm particularly interested in The Lund's 'Sciences, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis' course.

It's entry requirements are (I quote) "General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B and Mathematics D." :confused:

Does that mean I have to have an A-level in all 3 sciences and an AS in maths? Or is it referring to GCSE grades?
Thanks :tongue:
Original post by erima
So I've been looking at the possibility of doing my post-graduate degree abroad, and I'm particularly interested in The Lund's 'Sciences, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis' course.

It's entry requirements are (I quote) "General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B and Mathematics D." :confused:

Does that mean I have to have an A-level in all 3 sciences and an AS in maths? Or is it referring to GCSE grades?
Thanks :tongue:

This is a pretty specialist question and you're not likely to find a large number of Swedes on here, but you might do better if you posted in the international forum. Failing that (and probably the best bet anyway), contact them directly and ask.
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Original post by carnationlilyrose
This is a pretty specialist question and you're not likely to find a large number of Swedes on here, but you might do better if you posted in the international forum. Failing that (and probably the best bet anyway), contact them directly and ask.


Yea I guess that's probably a better idea..
Thanks for the advice! :smile:
Reply 3
Original post by erima
So I've been looking at the possibility of doing my post-graduate degree abroad, and I'm particularly interested in The Lund's 'Sciences, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis' course.

It's entry requirements are (I quote) "General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B and Mathematics D." :confused:

Does that mean I have to have an A-level in all 3 sciences and an AS in maths? Or is it referring to GCSE grades?
Thanks :tongue:


I'm studying in Lund atm, but not in your field and know nothing about that..but you can always post questions to Universityadmissons, and they usually respond you in 3-4 days.
Reply 4
Original post by erima
So I've been looking at the possibility of doing my post-graduate degree abroad, and I'm particularly interested in The Lund's 'Sciences, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis' course.


I just checked the English language version of the equivalent to UCAS and this appears to be an undergraduate course - not a masters. https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/search?period=HT_2014&freeText=Sciences%2C+Physical+Geography+and+Ecosystem+Analysis


Original post by erima

It's entry requirements are (I quote) "General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B and Mathematics D." :confused:

Does that mean I have to have an A-level in all 3 sciences and an AS in maths? Or is it referring to GCSE grades?
Thanks :tongue:


You do not study "A levels" at secondary school in Sweden. Instead you study a programme of 10-12 subjects for 3 years. The Bs and D refer to how advanced the course you study is, not the your grades - the scale is A to E with A being the base level that all students have to take, but for some university programmes you have to have taken a higher level. So for your programme you would need to take a slightly more advanced level of sciences and just below the top level for Maths.

Having compared my son's A level studies here in the UK with his cousins' in Sweden, I can comfortably say that an A-level is much more advanced than any course in Sweden. Something to do with concentrating on just 3-4 subjects rather than 10-12.

And the general requirement for uni studies in Sweden is only 3 GSCEs + 2 A levels! But some programmes, like the one you're interested in, do require specific subjects/levels.

I suggest you call Lund and ask them what the equiv. UK requirements are. I am sure they'll speak English, but to be polite you should start with "Do you speak English?".
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Reply 5
Thanks for the advice, you have been very helpful haha! I'll look into it further but if you're right and it is an undergraduate i'll have to make my decision much sooner than I thought.
I should hope I would be considered with and AAA in Geography Physics and Maths?
Reply 6
Original post by erima

I should hope I would be considered with and AAA in Geography Physics and Maths?

I'm pretty sure you would be if you also have Biology and Chemistry at GSCE. Even if you don't you might be able to negotiate as your Maths and Physics are likely to be more advanced than your average Swedish applicant's level.

And since the course is conducted in English, you should not have to prove knowledge of Swedish by taking the TISUS exam or similar. (Though I advice you to study the language when over there.)
Reply 7
Original post by Hallon
I'm pretty sure you would be if you also have Biology and Chemistry at GSCE. Even if you don't you might be able to negotiate as your Maths and Physics are likely to be more advanced than your average Swedish applicant's level.

And since the course is conducted in English, you should not have to prove knowledge of Swedish by taking the TISUS exam or similar. (Though I advice you to study the language when over there.)

Thanks I'll take it into consideration! It might be worth applying anyway as its not part of the UCAS form so won't take up an option!
I have those GCSEs anyway so that shouldn't be a problem.
Since I'm actually at Lund studying this subject, I can give you an answer (albeit late!)!

The basic thing is GCSEs are equivalent to their level 1-3 (or a - c). Levels 4, 5 and 6 are higher levels of education, for which e.g Mathematics D/4 is equivalent to a "UK Level 3 education with a passing grade"
I got in with an AS in maths at grade C

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