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, MBA Programme
  • Selection Method 3, Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

You can read more in our Admission Regulation 2019

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, MBA Programme

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 MBA programme, based on the applicant’s educational background and working experience.

The first step in the selection process is an assessment of the relevance of the student’s educational background in relation to the programme. Points are given, where no relevance = 0 points, some relevance = 0,5 point, and high relevance = 1 point.

The second step is an assessment of the relevance of the student’s working experience in relation to the programme, following the same model. No relevance = 0 points, some relevance = 0,5 point, and high relevance = 1 point.

In total, the applicant can get a maximum of 2 points. Points are given as follows: Education: Master of Science in Engineering (5 years or 3 years + 2 years) = 1 point. Master of Science within a technical subject area = 0,5 point. Bachelor’s degree within a technical subject area = 0 point.

Working experience: Manager, Project Manager, Personnel Manager, Budget and financial responsibility = 1 point. Project participant = 0,5 point. None of the above = 0 point

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 0 and 2.

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

Selection Method 3, Master’s Programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Selection criteria

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • An essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the programme, providing information about her or his relevant personal or professional experiences (maximum 2 500 words)
  • 2 letters of reference (recommendations from two people who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and skills)
  • Higher education grades

Specification of selection criteria

Ranking of the applicants will be based on the relative qualification level as regards:

  1. Academic results at prior higher education studies
  2. Relevance of degree (and of courses included) for scientifically based studies at Master’s level in strategic sustainable development
  3. Relevant professional experience
  4. Demonstrated interest in ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” (e.g. through choice of work, voluntary work, other community services or in other way)

Maximum merit rating

A maximum of 8 points will be given, based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic results at prior higher education studies:
  • 2 points: very good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades well above average – e.g. ’first class’ or ’pass with distinction’)
  • 1 point: good results (i.e. a significant number of courses with grades above average – e.g. ’second class upper division’ or ’pass with credit’)
  • 0 points: weak or sufficient results (i.e. a significant number of courses with average grades or under – e.g. ’second class lower division’ or ’pass’)
  1. Relevance of degree:
  • 2 points: degree in science and/or engineering with a significant number of courses in environment, sustainability, geoscience and/or socio-cultural studies or degree in economics with a significant number of courses in natural sciences, sustainability, engineering and/or socio-cultural studies
  • 1 point: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with a significant number of courses in natural sciences or sustainability
  • 0 points: degree in social sciences or professional qualification with few or no courses in natural sciences or sustainability
  1. Relevant professional experience:
  • 2 points: the equivalent of a total of 3 or more years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  • 1 point: the equivalent of a total of 1-3 years’ work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  • 0 points: the equivalent of a total of less than 1 year’s work or experience from voluntary work in areas assessed as relevant to the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability” by the programme admissions committee
  1. Demonstrated interest in the programme ”Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability”
  • 2 points: Manifests a clear interest in the programme and clearly describes how the relevant professional experiences or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
  • 1 point: Manifests an interest in the programme and describes how the relevant professional experience or personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability
  • 0 points: Manifests no interest in the programme and does not describe how the relevant professional experience or the personal experiences are or may be relevant to sustainability.

Working method

Applications that are accepted for examination based on the general admission requirements for the programme will be ranked according to the above by the programme admissions committee, consisting of teachers of the programme.