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On this page you will find the most frequently asked questions, with accompanying answers, about our further training and competence development courses within the areas of AI and software development, Smart production and Environment and Energy at Mälardalen University.

FAQ – Further training and competence development courses

FAQ – Further training and competence development courses

Our most frequently asked questions.

Our most frequently asked questions.


On this page you will find the most frequently asked questions, with accompanying answers, about our further training and competence development courses within the areas of AI and software developmentopens in new window, Smart productionopens in new window and Environment and Energyopens in new window at Mälardalen University.

Applying

All courses within AI and software developmentopens in new window, Smart Productionopens in new window and Environment and Energyopens in new window are part-time and most of them are by distance/online. For more information, see the course pages.


1.5 university credits correspond to a full week's studies (approximately 40 hrs). This table shows the number of calendar weeks a course with reduced pace typically will take:

Credits

10%

17%

25%

33%

2.5

17 weeks

10 weeks

7 weeks

5 weeks

5.0

-

20 weeks

14 weeks

10 weeks

6.0

-

-

16 weeks

12 weeks

7.5

-

-

20 weeks

15 weeks


Our online courses are possible to combine with a full-time employment. In most of the courses there are no scheduled activities, but in some of the courses in Smart Productionopens in new window (Premium), there are mandatory exercises at Mälardalen University or online that are scheduled daytime.


All the courses are on second cycle level, which means that they require prior university studies. Some of the courses (mostly in Smart Production) also require work experience. The entry requirements vary between the courses and you find the applicable requirements on each course page.

Since the courses are given in English, they also require knowledge in English.

If you do not have any prior university studies, or the English that is required you can get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. You will find more information on how to do under the question I have no prior university studies; can I still apply, below.


You must have completed English studies at the upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden, called English 6.

English 6 is equivalent to a TOEFL test result, minimum score 575 with a TWE score of at least 4,5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT)/IELTS test result with an overall band score of minimum 6,5 and no band score below 5,5.

 

If you don’t have prior university studies or the knowledge in English required for a specific course, you can get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. If you think you have knowledge and competences that can qualify you for the course, you will need to upload the following with your application:

Description of competence/CV with description of your educational and professional background. The description/CV must describe your knowledge and competences in relation to the entry requirements. If you refer to work experience, you also need to upload an Employers certificate.


You find links to application on each course page in the box “Apply here”. You apply online at antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window (or the English version of antagning.se: universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window. Note that not all courses are possible to apply for at universityadmissions.se)

After submitting your electronic application, the next step is to submit documentation to prove your eligibility for the course you have applied for. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide your high school diploma, proof of your English language proficiency and university transcript. Your university transcript from Sweden is often collected automatically. You can read more on antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window (only available in Swedish). If you have academic records from another country, see question I have an education from another country than Sweden, can I apply?


For courses that starts in the autumn semester, the official last day for application is April 15. For courses starting in the spring, the official last day for application is October 15. Many courses are open for late applications, see the question Can I apply after the application deadline has passed?


You can apply after the official last day for application, to courses that are open for late applications. Many of the courses are open for late applications, often until at least a week before the course starts. If you apply late, your application is ranked by date, which means that the sooner you apply, the better chance of getting admitted.

When you click on “Apply here” on the course page you will see if the course is still open for applications.


If you have citizenship from a country outside of EU/EEA (or Switzerland), you are required to pay an application fee. However, there are some exceptions, for instance if you have a permanent Swedish residence permit or a temporary permit for example for working, you don't have to pay tuition fees. For more information, please see universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window


If you have citizenship from a country outside of EU/EEA (or Switzerland), you are required to pay tuition fee. However, there are some exceptions, for instance if you have a permanent Swedish residence permit or a temporary permit for example for working, you don't have to pay tuition fees. For more information, please see universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window


Yes, you are most welcome to apply to our online courses. Note that not all courses are given completely online. You will find information on each course page.

If you have citizenship from a country that is not an EU/EEA country (or Switzerland), you have to pay application and tuition fee, read more on universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window


Yes, you are most welcome to apply to our courses. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how, depends on several factors. You can read more on universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window or antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window


Yes, you can apply for the courses that are given in English (which most courses within AI and software developmentopens in new window, Smart Productionopens in new window and Environment and Energyopens in new window are).


If you have studied at a Swedish university, your university transcripts are often collected automatically.

You often need to provide a copy of your high school diploma (gymnasiebetyg).

If you have studied in another country, you must provide us with transcripts of your academic records, see the question I have an education from another country than Sweden, can I apply?

If the course requires work experience, you state this by providing an employer’s certificate. You can download a template for employer’s certificate below and add your personal details and get your employer’s signature. You should then upload the certificate on antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window or universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window.


Credits (‘Högskolepoäng’ in Swedish) are a way to measure the length and scope of academic studies. 1.5 credits correspond to one week of full-time studies (40 hours).

A course of 7.5 credits corresponds to 200 hours of studies.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)external link, opens in new window.


After application

If you apply to courses that are given in the autumn semester, you will receive the first Notification of selection result in July. To keep your place, you need to reply to the offer.

You will receive the second Notification of selection result in August.

If you apply to courses given in the spring semester you will receive the first Notification of selection result in the beginning of December. To keep your place, you need to reply to the offer. You will receive the second Notification of selection result later in December.

You can read more at antagning.seexternal link and universityadmissions.seexternal link

If you apply after the second selection, you will receive a Notification of result within two weeks after you have applied.

 

If you decide not to attend the course you've been admitted to, please be sure to decline your offer. You can do this at antagning.seexternal link and universityadmissions.seexternal link. Log in to your account, go to 'Applications' and follow the instructions. If more than three weeks have passed from the start of the course, you can make a cancellation yourself in Ladok (the student administration system).

It's important to decline your offer as soon as you know you will not be attending. This makes the place available for students on the waiting list.

If you find out later in the semester that you won't be able to continue the course, we are happy if you let us know that. You can make a cancellation yourself in Ladok.


In the Notification of result (that you will receive by e-mail from antagning.se) you will get more information about how to register before the course starts.


If you will be offered a place you will recieve an email from us, so the best you can do is to keep track of your email.


Miscellaneous

If you wish to discontinue your studies and do so within three weeks from the start of the course, you can make a cancellation at antagning.seexternal link, opens in new window or universityadmissions.se . If more than three weeks have passed from the start of the course, you can make a cancellation yourself in Ladok (the student administration system).

It's important to decline your offer as soon as you know you will not be attending. This makes the place available for students on the waiting list.

If you find out later in the semester that you won't be able to continue the course, we appreciate if you let us know. You can make a cancellation yourself in Ladok.


If you were not able to finish the course on time, you can ask to be reregistered to the course for the next semester. If you like to be reregistered, please send an e-mail to lifelonglearning@mdh.se


University studies in Sweden are divided in to three cycles: first, second and third cycle.

First cycle means studies at Bachelor level. To be qualified you need to have completed upper secondary education that gives you eligibility for studies at the higher education level in the country where you studied.

Second cycle means studies at master’s level. Studies on second cycle requires that you have prior university studies or other experiences, for instance work experience that can be validated to be equivalent to the university studies required for the specific course, see question I have no prior university studies; can I still apply?

Almost all courses within AI and software developmentopens in new window, Smart Productionopens in new window and Environment and Energyopens in new window are second cycle courses.

Third cycle means research level and means that you acquire the knowledge and skills needed for you to become a researcher. Third-cycle studies are the highest within the Swedish education system.


If you have a citizenship from a country that is not an EU/EEA country (or Switzerland), you are required to pay tuition fee. However, there are some exceptions, for instance if you have a permanent Swedish residence permit or a temporary permit for example for working, you don't have to pay tuition fees. For more information, please see universityadmissions.seexternal link, opens in new window


Ladok is the student administration system used by all Swedish universities. In Ladok you find your study overview with information about your courses, course participation, examination, study results etc.

 

Canvas is the learning platform used at Mälardalen University.

 

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