Selection procedure

Selection procedure for Master's programmes

Students who apply for a course or programme – and meet the general and specific entry requirements – compete with one another for available places. When there are more qualified applicants than there are places for an education, the places are distributed through a selection.

For master programmes at BTH the following methods can be used:

  • Selection Method 1, General method for master’s programmes
  • Selection Method 2
  • Selection Method 3

You can read more in our Admission regulations  2021_BTH

For admission round autumn 2023, the selection method 1 is applied to:

– Master’s Programme in Computer Science, 120 credits,
– Master’s Programme in Industrial Economics and Management, 120 credits
– Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering – Structural Mechanics, 120 credits
– Master’s Programme in Software Engineering, 120 credits
– Master’s Programme in Telecommunication Systems, 120 credits

For admission round autumn 2023, the selection method 2 is applied to:

– MBA programme, 60 credits

For admission round autumn 2023, the selection method 3 is applied to:

–  Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, 60 credits

Selection Method 1, General method for master's programmes

Selection criteria

Prior education.

Specification of selection criteria

Only the number of earned higher education credits documented by the applicant in conjunction with the application will be considered. Foreign credits will be transferred according to the guidelines established by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Highest merit rating

The merit rating consists of the total number of earned higher education credits and is calculated in the interval 30 – 285 higher education credits.

If all applicants with the lowest equal merit rating cannot be offered a place, lots will be drawn.

Selection Method 2

Selection criteria

Prior education and professional experience.

Specification of selection criteria

If there is a higher number of qualified applicants, than seats in the programme, a selection is made within the group of applicants who fulfill the requirements. The selection method used aims at assessing the applicant’s suitability for studying the programme, based on the applicant’s educational background and working experience.

The selection process is based on the following criteria: Prior education and work experience.

Prior education:

1  Credit – Degree of Bachelor
2 Credits – Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering
3 Credits – Degree of Master of Science in Engineering (Civil Engineer), 5 years or 3+2

Work experience: 

0 credits – work experience, not relevant
1 credit – work experience, relevant

Relevant work experience can for example be employment as engineer.

Maximum merit rating

The merit ranking is based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior education and professional experience, with the purpose of determining whether the applicant has sufficient preconditions to successfully complete the programme. The assessments from the two selection criteria are added together to a final merit ranking ranging between 1 and 4.

If all applicants with the same lowest merit point cannot be offered a seat, lots will be drawn.

Selection Method 3

Selection criteria

Motivation letter and CV (Curriculum Vitae).

Specification of selection criteria

If there is a higher number of qualified applicants, than seats in the programme, a selection is made within the group of applicants who fulfill the requirements. The selection method used aims at assessing the applicant’s suitability for studying the programme. The selection process is based on the following criteria

0 points: The motivation letter and CV do not demonstrate an interest in the programme and/or the applicant did not submit application documents on time.

1 point: The motivation letter and CV demonstrate an interest in the programme.

2 points: The motivation letter and CV clearly demonstrates a strong interest in the programme.

Maximum merit rating

The merit ranking is based on an assessment of the applicant’s motivation letter and CV with the purpose of determining whether the applicant has sufficient preconditions to successfully complete the programme. The merit ranking ranges between 0 and 2.

If all applicants with the same lowest merit point cannot be offered a seat, lots will be drawn.

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