After you have applied for a Global Master's programme

What happens after you have applied for a Global Master's Programme? The admissions process is divided between University Admissions in Sweden and Karolinska Institutet. We have different responsibilities.

Assessment of your fee status

Initially your application is processed by University Admissions in Sweden. University Admissions checks whether you are required to pay the application fee or whether you are exempted from the fees. Please note that your application will not be processed by University Admissions before they have received the application fee or proof of exemption

Assessment of your general eligibility and English language proficiency

Once your fee status has been processed, University Admissions starts to assess whether you meet the general eligibility requirement and the English language requirement. The general eligibility requirement is a degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS. Applicants who are in their final year of their bachelor's degree can also apply, but must also submit additional documentation from the university. The English language requirement is defined as proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school English 6.

Follow your application status 

In case you have not documented your fee status or eligibility according to the instructions, you will be notified at your account at Please note that there is no guarantee that your application will have been processed by the deadline for the supporting documentation/application fee deadline 1 February 2023.

Assessment of your specific eligibility

Once your application has been processed and approved by University Admissions in Sweden, Karolinska Institutet starts to assess whether you meet the specific entry requirements for the programme(s) that you have applied for. For example, the Global Master’s Programme in Nutrition Science requires a Bachelor’s degree in biomedicine, cellular and molecular biology, pharmaceutics, medicine, nutrition or the equivalent. If we need to determine if your degree can be considered equivalent, we will look at your transcript of records and the relevance of the courses included in your degree.

Merit rating

The selection is made among applicants who meet both the general and specific eligibility requirements, and the selection is based on the Karolinska Institutet CV form. The programme committee makes an overall assessment of how relevant your previous studies are, and look for merits such as extracurricular, work and research experiences within a relevant area. They are also interested in why you have chosen the programme, and take into consideration your statement of intent (included in the CV form).

Apply for the KI scholarships

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for scholarships, can apply at

Admissions results

The admissions results are published on 30 March 2023, and you receive a notification to your email address when the notification of selection results are available at your account at You can download the notification of selection results (which is the official admissions decision) from your account at 

Declining your admissions offer 

If you are not able to start your studies, we wish that you decline your admissions offer as early as possible. Please log in to your account at and decline your admissions offer. If you would like to postpone the start of your studies, please see the instructions for deferral of the study start below. 

Conditionally admitted

If you are a fee-paying student, you are conditionally admitted on condition that you pay the first installment of the tuition fee by the deadline. You will receive the invoice and instructions on how to pay via e-mail. The e-mail is sent to the adress which you have registered at your account at

If you are in your final year of your bachelor's degree, you are conditionally admitted on condition that you submit the degree diploma and final transcript of record to University Admissions in Sweden. You must follow the country-specific documentation requirements at You will find detailed instructions at your account at

If you are placed on the waiting list (reserve list)

The programmes are responsible for admissions from the waiting list, and admissions from the waiting list will only start if there is a need to fill the seats for the programme. Karolinska Institutet admits more students than the number of seats for the programme, and when an admitted student decline their admissions offer, this does not automatically lead to an offer for a waitlisted applicant. Usually there are only a few applicants on the reserve list that receive an offer.

The admissions process may continue until the start of the programme, sometimes even after the start of the programme. Unfortunately we are not able to admit fee-paying students after beginning of June, since they will not have enough time to apply for a residence permit.

If you become admitted, the programme administrators will contact you, usually via e-mail, and you will have at least 24 hours to reply to your offer.

If you are waitlisted at KI and receive an offer at another university, and no longer wish to remain on the waiting list, you should withdraw your application from your account on


It is important that you follow the information for newly admitted students. You will lose your admissions offer if you fail to register by the deadline. Please visit the programme website for your programme for more information. 

Deferral of the study start

If you need to postpone the start of your studies, you can apply for a deferral of the study start. Please note that you must have a valid reason.

Reasons for deferrals

A deferral can only be processed if you are currently admitted and paid the first installment of the tuition fee (if applicable). In order for your deferral request to be granted, you must demonstrate a valid reason.

Valid reasons for granting a deferral may be social circumstances, medical circumstances or other special circumstances such as caring of child, being called up for military service or civilian service, student union commissions, military training according to the ordinance (2015:613), or deferred statutory leave in accordance with the Swedish Education Leave Act (1974:981) [HF chapter 7, § 33 (1993:100) and UHRFS (2016:1)].

Unfortunately reasons such as financial shortage concerning payment of tuition fee or living expenses, difficulties to find an apartment, preferring to pursue another study or work opportunity, etc. will not be sufficient for granting a deferral.

How to apply for a deferral

You apply for a deferral by filling out the web form.

If you have already started the programme you should apply for an interruption of studies. For more information, please contact the study counsellor for your programme.


If you have been denied admission because you do not meet the general and/or specific requirements, and you believe that the assessment is incorrect, you can appeal the selection result. Appeals on any other grounds are not possible. You can submit the appeal after you have received the notification of selection results. Read more about appeals on

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