Admission to Licentiate studies

Since 2002 it is possible to admit applicants to third-cycle studies who intend to take only a Licentiate degree.
The idea is above all to provide more opportunities for people in employment to acquire further training. Many employers are currently sceptical about funding an employee for an entire PhD programme or do not find it practically feasible to do so. Interest in taking licentiate degrees has also increased markedly in the past decade.

About 750 students are enrolled on licentiate programmes every year. Most of these are admitted to the Karolinska Institutet and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

You can apply to continue


There is nothing to prevent someone admitted to studies for a Licentiate degree from applying to continue doctoral studies after taking the degree. If such an applicant is admitted, then the period of Licentiate studies will be deducted, and a studentship can be offered for the remaining period of study.

A study undertaken by the Swedish National Agency - Enrolment to postgraduate programmes aiming at licentiate degrees - shows, however, that some applicants are being enrolled in third-cycle programmes aiming at licentiate degrees even though they really want to take a PhD.

To the study Enrolment to postgraduate programmes aiming at licentiate degrees. In Swedish Reg. nr 30-1455-06 (pdf, new window) »

Last updated: 2011-12-19
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