Mälardalen University

Västerås, Sweden
Mälardalen University (abbreviated MDH) is one of Sweden’s large institutes of higher education. The University has over 14,000 students studying our 52 programmes and 1,000 courses, and almost 900 faculty and staff. MDH is characterised by close partnerships with businesses and the public sector in the region, making our University attractive to students - and our students attractive on the labour market.



MDH was founded in 1977 to meet the region´s need for research and education. The University is situated in the densely populated and expansive region around Lake Mälaren, about one hour by train from Stockholm and Uppsala.


All our international programmes are taught completely in English.

The programmes cover a variety of subject areas and are strongly interrelated with the research environments of the university.

You can expect education of very high quality and you will have close contact with your teachers and fellow students. We design our study programmes in cooperation with business and society; guaranteeing the high quality of our education and making our students attractive employees. Through us you will get a head start in your future career!


At MDH, we carry out qualified research within six major research areas. Embedded Systems is actually considered cutting-edge both nationally and internationally. We focus on research that generates useful solutions for the development of society and offer research studies in Engineering and Technology as well as Health and Welfare. Our prioritized research areas are:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Innovation and Product Realization
  • Future Energy
  • Industrial Economics and Management
  • Health and Welfare
  • Educational Sciences


Mälardalen University is one of Sweden’s major university colleges with 14,000 students and 900 employees.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (4)
Business & Management (3)
Engineering & Technology (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Student services

This is what you can do atthe Student Centre:

  • Get answers to general questions about for example admissions, degrees and other matters relating to your studies
  • Get in touch with the Schools
  • Register for programmes
  • Collect exam papers
  • Get a form for reviewing the result of your exam
  • Get a certificate stating that you are a student, or an official transcript of your results
  • Get a PIN code to retrieve your password
  • Buy compendiums and SPSS licences
  • Get information and support regarding PRINTO (printouts/copying)
  • Pay your membership fee to the Mälardalen Student Union
  • Book appointments with a central Study Adviser
  • Collect permits for student parking
  • Find lost items
  • … and lots, lots more

Housing services

Moving to a new country is a big step, but one thing that you don't have to worry about is where to live. Our cooperation in this area makes finding an accommodation easy!

Although Mälardalen University does not have any apartments of its own, we cooperate closely with the accommodation agencies in Eskilstuna and Västerås and inform them about admitted students.

The majority of our programmes and courses in English are given at Campus Västerås and many of the teachers/professors/faculty members you will encounter during your studies at MDH are based there. This in combination with the active international student association makes most international students choose to stay in Västerås.

Library services

Via your library account you can keep an eye on your due dates, renew loans and check your reservations.

The aim of the library is to support the university in maintaining a supreme international level of quality in the fields of education and research. The library is a resource to students, as well as to researchers, teachers and other staff and is also open to the public.

ICT services

As a registered student at Mälardalen University, you have access to a number of different computer rooms, depending on the School in which you are registered.

Medical services

We offer:

  • Advice regarding your health and eating habits.
  • Dialogues and counselling in welfare, social and personal matters
  • Fitness tests
  • Dialogues regarding motivation
  • Courses in the health sphere
  • Advice when contacting authorities in Swedish society

Student Life

Campus life

The campus in Eskilstuna is situated at five minutes walk from the central station, and, if possible, even closer to the city center with its large choice of restaurants, cafés and nightlife. This means that you never have to feel isolated at the university; you only have to step into the pedestrian street outside.

The campus in Västerås is situated at just a 15-minute walk from the central station, in between the vibrant city life and possible leisure time activities. In one direction is the old town and the cathedral, and a stones throw away in the other direction is the Rocklunda sports centre, with several arenas and sports fields.

Sports facilities

Are you a great athlete, or do you just like to exercise a little? The Student Sports Associations in Eskilstuna and Västerås provide you with plenty of opportunities for an active lifestyle.

ELSA - Eskilstuna Lagom Sportiga Akademiker

ELSA is the association in Eskilstuna. Literally translated, ELSA stands for Eskilstuna Just Sporty Enough Academics. We are an association that works for improved health among students.

Mälardalens Student Sport - Västerås

Mälardalens Student Sport is a sports association created by students from Mälardalen University in Västerås. We arrange training in floorball, soccer, volleyball, running etc.

Student clubs

The student association for students of Business Administration and of International Business Management at MDH in Västerås is called Mälekon. The association works to facilitate and improve your period of studies and your social life as a student.


MDH is in the middle of a process of applying for EPAS accreditation for the International Business Management programme and the Master's.

Other Degrees