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Degree titles and descriptions

Basic regulations relating to the award of degrees can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance. Here it is stated that only those degrees as stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, appendix 2, the so-called degree directives, may be awarded by higher education institutions and universities. In the degree directives, it is stated at what level a degree may be taken and what requirements need to be fulfilled for a certain degree (degree description). Halmstad University has complemented the national regulations by approving a local degree directive.

The degrees which may be awarded at basic (Bologna first cycle) and advanced (Bologna second and third cycle) levels are stated in the Higher Education ordinance appendix 2, degree ordinance. There are two main types of degree which are in use at Halmstad University: general and vocational degrees. The general degrees at basic level consist of the university diploma and degree of bachelor together with at advanced level the Swedish magister degree and the degree of master. For these degrees, the contents and goals / objectives are stated in the degree ordinance. In addition there are a large number of vocational diplomas laid out in the degree ordinance at basic and advanced levels. The contents and goals for each of these qualifications are also laid out in the degree ordinance.

The local regulations for Halmstad University also cover the degrees / diplomas which the University has the right to award in addition to general and provisional regulations. In the degree ordinance it is stated what disciplines can make up the main specializations in general academic degrees and what degree titles are permitted together with the English translations of the degree titles.

Upon completion of all your degree programme courses, you need to make your own application to obtain your degree certificate. The application is made using the 'Application for degree certificate' form.  

Certificates for individual courses will be awarded after each completed course. The application is made using the form 'Application for course certificate' which can be obtained from the Student Affairs department.

The student normally has the right after completion of studies and a submitted application form to receive course / degree certificates within two months. Degree and course certificates are issued by the Student Affairs Department.

Rejection of a student's application for degree or course certification can be appealed against through the Appeals Committee for the University, as regulated in chapter 12, Higher Education Ordinance.

Diploma supplement – English appendix

The Government has stipulated that each degree certificate should be accompanied with an English language supplement, the Diploma Supplement (DS), which describes the degree course and also provides an overview of the Swedish higher education system. The intention is to make it easier for the higher education graduate to move between different countries in order to study or work. The Diploma supplement can also be useful for Swedish employers. It is not possible to apply for the issuing of a Diploma Supplement separately.

Central Regulations

Higher Education ordinanceexternal link (1993:100)


Updated 2018-06-27