Studying Science in Sweden

Studying a master’s science programme in Sweden is a way to get the best out of many aspects of life. 

If you are looking for a high quality education in science, based on internationally recognised research, in an environment that offers new and exciting experiences in life, then come to Sweden. 

The universities in Sweden all have their own characteristics and profiles. Some are old and well established, whilst others are still young and developing.

Uppsala University is the oldest and was founded in 1477. Lund University is the second oldest, established in 1666. All the others were given university status in the 20th Century, although both Stockholm University and the University of Gothenburg grew from being university colleges in the late 19th Century.

All Swedish universities today have master’s programmes in science based on, and in close contact with, research at international level. Most of these universities have well-established programmes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and some also have programmes in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The larger universities have a number of more specialised programmes which are worth researching.

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“It is in Sweden that the Nobel Prizes for literature and science are decided”

How can one describe a Swedish university?Modern and up-to-date, high-class research, friendly and inviting atmosphere, close and informal contact with teachers and scientists.

English is spoken widely and understood with no problem.

Science is key to SwedenProducts from science and technology have been the most important in Swedish export and, not to be forgotten, it is in Sweden that the Nobel Prizes for literature and science are decided.

When you study at master’s level in Sweden, you can either apply to a full programme - two years of study - or choose one or more specific courses that you are interested in.

Although the master’s programmes have some compulsory courses, they also allow the possibility of selecting alternative courses.

A key component in the master’s programme is the research project, giving you the experience of being a scientist.

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“Nature is everywhere for you to enjoy”

Life is SwedenGothenburg, Lund (which is close to Copenhagen) and Stockholm are all cities with a vibrant international life, where you will find that essentially everyone speaks English.

But Sweden also offers another quality: from the mountains and wilderness close to Umeå, to the plains and coast of Skåne, with the archipelagos close to Gothenburg and Stockholm, nature is everywhere for you to enjoy.

Stefan Nordlund
Dean of the Faculty of Science
Stockholm University