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Top Ranked Universities in Sweden 2017 - A Postgraduate Guide

Sweden can rightly claim to be one of the most innovative and forward-thinking countries in Europe. As the home of the Nobel Prize, the country has a long history of recognising and valuing intellectual excellence. Meanwhile, Swedish ingenuity lies behind some of the modern world's most iconic businesses, brands and services: from Ikea to Volvo and from Spotify to Skype.

Sweden's universities have played a key role in supporting and underpinning many of these achievements, but just how well do they do on the global stage?

The answer may surprise you. Despite only having 35 universities, Sweden's historic higher education institutions are represented in all major university rankings.

This page summarises the results for Swedish universities in 2017.

Top Ranked Swedish Universities

The following table gives the 30 best universities in Sweden, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.


The Top Swedish Universities in 2017
University THE 2016-17 QS 2016-17 ARWU 2016
Karolinska Institute 28 - 44
Uppsala University 93 98 60
Lund University =96 73 101-150
Stockholm University =144 196 81
KTH Royal Institute of Technology =144 196 81
University of Gothenburg =170 264 151-200
Chalmers University of Technology 251-300 139 201-300
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 251-300 - 201-300
Umea University 251-300 294 301-400
Linkoping University 301-350 282 301-400
Orebro University 351-400 282 301-400
Information in this table is based on the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Swedish universities for Masters study?

As the above table demonstrates, Sweden performs impressively in international tables. In fact, Sweden is one of only four European countries (and only six worldwide) to feature in the current Times Higher Education top 30. 11 Swedish institutions feature in the table overall. Not at all bad for a country with less than 10 million people.

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Swedish University Rankings by Subject

The global rankings above are a useful way to guage the overall performance of a country's universities, but they aren't specific to postgraduate study.

This means that they won't always reflect a university's performance and expertise in the highly advanced subjects you'll actually pursue during your Masters.

One way to get around this limitation is to use more targeted rankings that focus on specific subjects.

The following table lists the top Swedish universities in 8 broad subject areas. It's based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. This lists the best 100 universities in different academic fields, around the world.


Swedish University Rankings by Subject 2017
Arts & Humanities Stockholm University =88
Business & Economics Stockholm University 88
Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health Karolinska Institute 10
Uppsala University 49
Lund University =66
University of Gothenburg =97
Computer Science KTH Royal Institute of Technology 73
Engineering & Technology KTH Royal Institute of Technology 36
Chalmers University of Technology 76
Lund University 86
Life Sciences Karolinska Institute 23
Uppsala University 40
Lund University 42
Stockholm University 49
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 86
Physical Sciences Lund University =65
Uppsala University =87
Stockholm University =92
Social Sciences Stockholm University =87
Lund University =93

As you can see, Swedish universities are amongst the very best in the world for subjects related to Biological and Life Sciences, Medicine, Health and other Clinial disciplines.

At the same time, it's worth noting that at least one of Sweden's 35 universities features in the top 100 for every single discipline in the Times Higher Education tables.

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Last updated - 11/11/2016

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