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Degrees and Credit Systems

A quick introduction to our credit, grading and degree system.

Our credit system

A normal workload is 30 higher education (HE) credits per semester or 60 HE credits per academic year. Prior to 1 July 2007, Swedish higher education institutions awarded points rather than credits. This was changed to make the Swedish system compatible with ECTS.


ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. The system is common in European countries and helps the recognition of higher education completed in other countries.

What is ECTS on European commission

Our grading system

The University of Gothenburg uses a criterion-referenced grading system. It is based on learning outcomes and generally consists of a three-level scale: pass with distinction, pass and fail. For some programmes and courses, however, a two-grade scale (pass and fail) or a four-grade scale (pass with distinction, pass with credit, pass and fail) may be used.

Read more about our grading system at the Student Portal

Degrees, certificates and credit transfers

When you have completed your studies and want to collect your degree, you must apply for a degree certificate. Your degree certificate will show the degree issued, completed course work, your course grades and the date the courses were completed. The degree certificate is in Swedish and English.

Read more about degrees, certificates and credit transfers at the Student Portal


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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-09-21