CREDIT SYSTEM AT UIT
UiT The Arctic University of Norway uses a system of credits (studiepoeng) for measuring study activities, considered equivalent to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). 60 ECTS credits (studiepoeng) are allocated to the workload of a full year of academic study, equivalent to 1500-1800 hours of study. 30 ECTS credits are normally allocated to one semester’s full-time study. The academic year normally lasts for 10 months and runs from August to June.
The Norwegian term is "studiepoeng". 1 ECTS = 1 studiepoeng.
Short programmes at UiT is awarded after one year of full-time study (60 ECTS)
The bachelor's degree at UiT is awarded after three years of full-time study (180 ECTS)
The master's degree is normally obtained after two years of study (120 ECTS) or (90 ECTS) only for Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea, following the completion of a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree programme includes independent work (normally a thesis) of between 30 and 60 ECTS.
GRADING SYSTEM AT UIT
Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations at UiT are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. In contrast to the ECTS grading scale, which is a convertion table, the Norwegian scale is qualitative rather than quantitative. However, it is expected that the distribution of grades along qualitative criteria will vary only slightly from the quantitative ECTS grades, given a large number of examinations and in a time span of 3-5 years. The qualitative grades are awarded according to the following criteria:
PLEASE NOTE: For some examinations a pass/fail grade is given. There is no transfer of grades from one grading scale to the other.
||An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.
||A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.
||A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.
||A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.
||A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.
||A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.
For some course modules, the grades PASS or FAIL are given after the examination. Some universities do not accept the transfer of these grades to their grading scale. Please speak with your home university before choosing such course modules.
More information about the academic system at UiT