Grading and academic system at UiT
Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credit system.
ECTS credit system
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. Each course unit has a workload of 3 - 30 credits (ECTS). The academic year normally lasts for 10 months and runs from August to June.
The workload of each course is based on an estimate of the total time required for completing studies and exams (lectures, seminars, readings, individual preparation etc.). There is no exact national or institutional standard for measuring of workload. Workload estimates are based on custom and tradition within each academic field.
All degrees require, at minimum, that international students meet the Higher Education Entrance Qualifications for foreign applicants. For more information about our admission procedures for international applicants, see our website Admission procedures.
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 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.
The one-tier Master's degree at UiT is awarded after five years of full-time study (300 ECTS). An important part of this degree is independent research work equivalent to 30-60 ECTS.
The Doctoral degree Philosophiae Doctor is normally obtained after three or four years of study, following the completion of master’s degree programme or a professional degree/programme.
Various professional qualifications are awarded. These programmes/degrees are of 4-6 years' duration and cover both regulated and non-regulated professions.
A number of assessment methods are in use at UiT, the most common of which are written examinations, oral examinations, portfolio assessments, home examinations/assignments and joint project papers written in collaboration with fellow students.
The written and oral examinationss set at the university last from one to eight hours. The different assignments and papers to take home vary from a work period of a couple of days to a whole semester. The course lecturer will provide supervision during the work period.
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:
||Excellent||An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.|
||Very good||A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.|
|C||Good||A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.|
||Satisfactory||A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.|
|E||Sufficient||A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.|
||Fail||A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.|
For some examinations a pass/fail grade is given. There is no transfer of grades from one grading scale to the other.
Diploma/Transcript and Supplements
Upon graduation every student receives automatically and free of charge a Diploma, a Transcript of Records and a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is issued in English.
The Diploma Supplement is useful when applying for jobs or recognition of qualifications, as well as in connection with further studies abroad. Please note that the DS is only a supplement to the diploma, concerning one specific degree obtained by one individual graduate, which is valid only together with the specific diploma.
For further information on the history, goals and implementation of the Diploma Supplement in Europe and Norway, please see:
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