Degree Certificates and Levels

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DU offers bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees (also called first-, second- and third-cycle degrees). Course syllabi and programme curricula list the objectives. In Ladok, you apply electronically for a degree certificate (and diploma supplement): your home country may requires its legalisation.

Degree Levels

Bachelor's: this is also known as an undergraduate degree and normally takes three years to complete (180 credits). It is also referred to as first-cycle studies.

Master's: this is also known as a graduate degree. You take this after you have completed an undergraduate programme. It can be one or two years long (60/120 credits). It is also referred to as second-cycle studies.

PhD: this is also known as a doctoral degree. It is a research degree that can take several years to complete and that culminates in a dissertation. It is also referred to as third-cycle studies. (A licentiate degree also falls under the third-cycle category.)

You can find more detailed information about the different degree levels on the StudyinSweden webpage.

Course Syllabi and Programme Curricula


Syllabi and curricula describe the content and structure as well as the objectives of courses and programmes. The course syllabi also list prerequisites, course literature, grading scales and examination forms. Course syllabi are also used for credit transfer purposes.

Programme curricula are more general in content but still outline the prerequisites and learning objectives. The curricula describe the programme and the courses that are included in the programme. The degree you will be awarded upon successful completion is also stated as well as career possibilities.

Local Degree Ordinance

The local Degree Ordinance is directed by national regulations as well as by local regulations that are applicable at Dalarna University.

The local System of Qualifications is regulated by The Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100).

Degree Certificate: Applications

Upon completion of your studies, you can apply for a degree certificate.The certificate proves that you have fulfilled the degree requirements.

Applications for a degree certificate are assessed against national and local degree regulations. Generally, the processing time for a degree certificate is eight weeks at the most after a complete application has arrived at the University.

The degree certificate is drawn up in Swedish with an English translation in the same document. The certificate includes an additional "Diploma Supplement" that describes your programme/courses and the structure of the university system. The Diploma Supplement should be used together with the degree certificate and is especially important for work opportunities and other applications outside of Sweden. There is no cost for either the degree certificate or the diploma supplement.

You apply for your degree certificate on the Ladok student portal -  www.student.ladok.se.

Log-In Details

If you have forgotten your log-in details, then you can apply using this form: Degree Application.

Incomplete Applications

We will contact you if your application is incomplete: be sure to include your up-to-date contact information.

Protected Identity and Changes to Personnummer

If you have protected identity, then you should contact ladok@du.se before your certificate is issued.

New Personnummer

Should you change your personnummer, you can receive a new degree certificate that reflects this change. You will require documentation from Skatteverket. Contact ladok@du.se with questions.

Degree Certificate Legalisation and Apostille

(An apostille is an official stamp of authorisation.)

The authorities in your home country may require that your Degree Certificate be legalised (a so-called legalisation): if this is the case, you will have to contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden (see link below).

A legalisation means that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs confirms that a signature and seal/stamp on a Swedish document are genuine and verifies the capacity in which the signatory signed it.

If you are required to get an apostille, you must contact a notary public. When this is included with your document, no further validation or legislation is required. Note, however, that not all countries have signed what is termed the Aspotille Convention. See the government website on legalisations for information: Government Offices of Sweden.

Credit Transfer

You can receive credit for previous education that can be used towards your degree: read more on Credit Transfer (webpage).

Contact: Graduation Office
023-77 80 00
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