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Published: 2023-01-19 Updated: 2023-02-03, 15:06

Rise in applications to international master’s programmes

NEWS Interest in studying at Umeå University continues to rise throughout the world. The number of applicants to international master’s programmes starting in autumn 2023 has increased by over 20 per cent compared to the previous year.

On 17 January, the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) presented new statistics that show the number of applicants for international master's programmes for the autumn semester 2023 at Umeå University increased from 8,360 to 10,092, or 20.7%, compared to the autumn semester 2022. Interest in international master's programmes is a trend that has increased in recent years.

Umeå University placed 6th of 31 colleges and universities in Sweden that offer international master’s programmes regarding the largest percentage change in applicants for the autumn 2023 application round.

The total number of applications to international master's programmes was highest in business development, accounting, management, and finance. These degree programmes are offered by the Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE).

“It is satisfying that so many individuals are interested in our programmes and that our profile areas are perceived as attractive,” says Sofia Isberg, programme director at USBE. “We are particularly pleased with the large number of applicants to our new bachelor's programme. We see this as a confirmation that we have made the right choice with our specialisation in internationalisation and data-driven decision-making. We have also put extra effort into marketing the new programme.”

It is inspiring and encouraging that the interest in our international master's programmes is high and continues to increase.

Furthermore, there is a significant interest in master's programmes in public health, psychology, environmental science, mathematics, and health psychology. The two-year master's public health placed ninth among all international master's programmes in Sweden in total applicants for autumn 2023. It is also noteworthy that the new master's programme in biomedical engineering has attracted many new applicants.

“It is inspiring and encouraging that the interest in our international master's programmes is high and continues to increase,” says Chatrine Norberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education at Umeå University. “We now hope that all prospective students who are admitted will accept their place and that we will see each other in the autumn.”

For all higher education institutions in Sweden, there were approximately 8,000 more applications for the autumn semester of 2023 than the previous year or a collective increase of 9.8%

Umeå University also has seen a rise in applications to its two programmes offered at the bachelor level: the International Business and Economics Programme and the Bachelor of Science Programme in Life Science. 

On 30 March, applicants to international master’s programmes will receive their notification of admission results. Bachelor level programme applicants will receive notification of admission on 5 April.

Source: Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) - news release and comprehensive statistics in Swedish.