Regulations for academic studies at the UiT

Adopted by the University Board on 12.12.08 (case S 72/08) in accordance with sub-sections 3-3 and 3-8 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges of 01.04.2005 no. 15.

Chapter I General regulations

Chapter II Curriculum and programme description

Chapter III The grades of University College Graduate, Bachelor and Master degrees and vocational training programmes

Chapter IV Cand.med. and cand.psychol. degrees

Chapter V Exemptions and reduction of credits

Chapter VI Right to study, leave of absence, individual education plan and teaching terms

Chapter VII Expulsion and exclusion

Chapter VIII Taking effect



Chapter I General regulations

Section 1. Scope of regulations
These regulations apply for education at the UiT.

These regulations do not apply for doctoral degree programmes at the UiT.

Individual decisions based on the stipulations in these regulations may be appealed. Such appeals will be ruled on by the university's Central Appeals Committee.

Section 2. Supplementary regulations
The faculties may adopt supplementary rules in addition to these regulations for educational programmes under their jurisdiction. In the event of educational programmes being taught in more than one faculty, any such supplementary rules must be approved by all faculties involved. The University Director shall be notified as soon as practicably possible of the adoption of such supplementary rules or amendments to supplementary rules which are already in effect.

Section 3. Terminology

Examination:

  A test of the student's knowledge and skills, which results in a grade stated on the diploma or which forms part of the basis of calculation for a grade stated on the diploma.
     
Course:   The smallest component of a subject/discipline or programme of study. All courses shall have a dimension expressed in credits (ECTS).
     
Course group:

  A collection of courses from one or more subjects/disciplines, which is defined in a curriculum/programme description as constituting a combined academic unit.
     
Subject:  

A collection of courses that are related, and which are grouped under a joint subject designation.

     

Curriculum:

 

A plan that specifies the academic content in programmes that are regulated by national curriculums.

     
Major:

  A group of courses defined in a curriculum/programme description as belonging academically together, and which can supplement each other in such a manner that they expand on a subject's basic level.
     
National curriculum:   A national plan adopted by the Ministry. The plan outlines the learning outcomes, academic content, structure and implementation of vocational training programmes.
     
Independet work:

  A piece of written work within specified guidelines which comprises part of the Master's degree examination and which should show independent understanding, reflection and maturity.
     
Programme description:   A plan that outlines the learning outcomes, academic content, structure and implementation of the programme.
     
Credits (ECTS):   A measurement of the quantity of work completed. Sixty (60) credits constitute one year's full-time study.
     
Programme of study:  

An overall programme of several years' duration culminating in a degree or vocational training.

     
Field of study/discipline:  

A defined field of study/discipline within a programme of study.

     
Right to study:


  Rights connected to a programme of study, e.g. the right to supervision, group-based teaching, laboratory courses and problem-solving. The right to study is given following the institution's offer of a study place and the students' acceptance of this.
     
Individual education plan:


  A plan entered into by the institution and the individual student for the implementation of a programme of study. The plan contains stipulations about the institution's responsibilities and obligations to the student, and the student's obligations to the institution and his/her fellow students.
     
One-year programme:   A programme of one-year's duration that yields 60 credits.


Chapter II Curriculum and programme description

Section 4. Stipulation of curriculum and programme description
Curricula or programme descriptions shall be stipulated for all programmes of study offered at the UiT, for which students can gain credits. Requirements concerning content and accessibility are stipulated in the university's quality assurance system.

The relevant faculty stipulates the curriculum and programme descriptions for education under its jurisdiction. The University Director shall be notified as soon as practicably possible about new curricula or programme descriptions or amendments to existing curricula or programme descriptions.

For courses being taught by more than one faculty, curricula and programme descriptions shall be approved by all faculties involved. In agreement is not reached, the curriculum or programme description is stipulated by the board. The board will also determine which faculty will have administrative responsibility if the faculties involved have not reached prior agreement.

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education determines the curriculum for examen faculatum, the introductory course in philosophy.

Amendments to existing curricula or programme descriptions take effect from the next academic year.

Students have an obligation to familiarise themselves with the curriculum or programme description for programme to which they are admitted.

Section 5. Programmes of study
All programmes of study and one-year programmes shall be described in a curriculum or programme description. A programme of study can have more than one field of study/discipline. Programmes of study comprise various courses. Each course offered at the UiT shall have a course description.

The University Board establishes and terminates programmes of study and fields of study in the programmes of study. The faculties may adopt minor amendments to the programmes of study they manage.

The University Board determines whether extension education is available for a specific course.

The University Board determines the use and amount of fees which apply for specific programmes, courses and course groups.

The faculties establish and terminate studies yielding 60 credits or less.

Chapter III The grades of University College Graduate, Bachelor and Master degrees and vocational training programmes

Section 6. Managing and awarding of the degrees of University College Graduate, Bachelor's and Master's degree and Professional/vocational training programme
The UiT awards the University College Graduate (120 credits), Bachelor's degree (180 credits), Bachelor's degree (240 credits), Master's degree (120 credits), Master's degree (300 credits) and experienced-based Master's degrees (90 or 120 credits).

The UiT awards the following vocational training programmes: General Teacher Education (240 credits) and Subject Teacher Education (240 credits).

The degrees of University College Graduate, Bachelor and Master, as well as professional/vocational training programmes, are awarded by the rector or by a faculty in accordance with the University Board's regulations for the relevant programme of study. General Bachelor's degrees comprising freely combined courses are awarded by the rector.

Section 7. University College Graduate and Professional/vocational training programme
In order to be awarded the degree University College Graduate, the candidate must have successfully completed the courses/passed the examinations stipulated in the programme description.

In order to be awarded a Professional/vocational training programme, the candidate must have successfully completed the courses/passed the examinations stipulated in the curriculum.

Section 8. Bachelor's degree
In order to be awarded a Bachelor's degree, the candidate must have successfully completed courses/passed examinations yielding a minimum 180 credits. Students who are following a programme of study must have successfully completed the courses/passed the examinations which comprise the programme of study. 

The 180 credits shall normally contain the first semester courses comprising examen philosophicum (10 credits), examen facultatum (10 credits) and one discipline course (10 credits). Instead of the examen facultatum and one discipline course (10 credits), the student can complete one discipline course (20 credits). During the first semester courses, students should receive tuition and advice on information literacy. In order to be awarded a general Bachelor's degree, the student must have passed examen philosophicum and examen facultatum.

The 180 credits shall also contain a major discipline, course or course group equivalent to a minimum of 80 credits. Each programme of study defines the major requirements. In order to be awarded a general Bachelor's degree, the student must in addition to a major (80 credits) complete a course group equivalent to a minimum of 30 credits.

A minimum of 90 credits qualifying for the Bachelor's degree shall not come from previous degrees or professional training. The candidate must provide information about any diplomas issued by other universities or university colleges.

Section 9. Master's degree
In order to be awarded a Master's degree (120 credits), Master's degree (300 credits) or an experienced-based Master's degree (90 or 120 credits), the candidate must have met the requirements stipulated in the Regulations relating to requirements for a Master's degree issued by the Ministry of Education and Research.

The candidate must also have successfully completed the courses/passed the examinations stipulated in the programme description.

A Master's degree programme equivalent to 300 credits shall normally contain the first semester courses comprising the examen philosophicum (10 credits), examen facultatum (10 credits) and one discipline course (10 credits). Instead of the examen facultatum (10 credits) and one discipline course (10 credits), the student can complete one discipline course (20 credits). During the first semester courses, students should receive tuition and advice on information literacy.

A minimum of 90 credits qualifying for the Master's degree shall not come from previous degrees or professional training. The candidate must provide information about any diplomas issued by other universities or university colleges.

Section 10. Requirements for independent work in a Master's degree
The Master's degree programme shall contain an independent work. The student can define the work's content himself/herself within the guidelines stipulated in the programme description, or it can be an assignment determined by the faculty.

Master's degree programmes of 120 credits and experience-based Master's degree programmes of 90 or 120 credits shall include an independent work equating to a minimum of 30 credits.

Master's degree programmes of 300 credits shall include an independent work equating to 20 credits.

The independent work shall not exceed 60 credits.

Section 11. Diploma 
After 1.8.2009, the academic content of the Bachelor's degree is stated on the diploma as "Bachelor of (title of the programme of study)". The University Director shall stipulate how the academic content shall be stated on diplomas for Bachelor's degrees attained prior to 1.8.2009.

The academic content on University College Graduate diploma shall be stated as "University College Graduate in (the title of the programme of study)".

For general Bachelor's degrees comprising freely combined courses, the degree on the diploma is stated as "Bachelor" without additional academic designation.

The academic content of Master's degrees equivalent to either 120 or 300 credits is stated on the diploma as "Master of (title of the programme of study)". Instead of using the title of the programme of study, the Norwegian College of Fishery Science can use (the title of the programme of study/ Fisheries Candidate) and (the title of the programme of study/siviløkonom).

The academic content of an experience-based Master's degree is stated on the diploma as "Experience-based Master in (the title of the programme of study)".

The academic content of Master's degree programmes replacing the former civil engineering studies shall be stated as "Master of Technology/sivilingeniør".

The academic content of a Master's degree integrated with a teacher's education shall be stated on the diploma as "Master of (the title of the programme of study)" with the addition "with integrated teacher training".

For attained vocational training, the name of the programme is stated on the diploma as "General Teacher Education" or "Subject Teacher Education in Practical and Arts Subjects".

A separate diploma is issued for completed Midwifery education and a one-year programme in education theory and practice.

Only one diploma per candidate is issued an attained Bachelor's degree within a programme of study and for attained general Bachelor's degrees comprising freely combined courses.

Candidates who have passed examinations worth the equivalent of less than 60 credits will not receive a diploma from the University of Tromsø.

A Diploma Supplement is attached to diplomas providing a more detailed description of the candidate's education and of the Norwegian higher education system.

Chapter IV Cand.med. and cand.psychol. degrees

Section 12. The cand.med. degree 
The Faculty of Health Sciences awards the degree candidatus/candidata medisinae, which gives the right to the equivalent title. This degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the integrated programme of study in medicine of six years' duration.

This programme of study must include the examen philosophicum (10 credits).

Section 13. The cand.psychol. degree
The Faculty of Health Sciences awards the degree candidatus/candidata psychologiae, which gives the right to the title. This degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the integrated programme of study in psychology of six years' duration.

The programme of study must contain the first semester courses comprising the examen philosophicum (10 credits), examen facultatum (10 credits) and one discipline course (10 credits). Instead of the examen facultatum (10 credits) and one discipline course (10 credits), the student can complete one discipline course (20 credits). During the first semester courses, students should receive tuition and advice on information literacy.

Chapter V Exemptions and reduction of credits

Section 14. Exemptions
The faculty with academic responsibility may grant a student exemption from a course that forms part of a programme of study if has been shown that equivalent courses have been taken at the university or another institution. Documentation of prior learning and work experience can also provide a basis for exemption. The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education shall handle all applications for exemption from the examen philosophicum.

Section 15. Reduction of credits
Students who pass an examination in a course and/or discipline which academically overlap in full or part and which is at the same level receive a reduced combined credit sum for the courses in question. The dimension of the reduction is determined by the faculty with academic responsibility.

Chapter VI Right to study, leave of absence, individual education plan and teaching terms

Section 16. Right to study 
Students who are admitted to studies gain the right to study. The right to study applies from the day the UiT receives the student's acceptance of the offer of admission. For student admitted to a programme of study, the right to study applies to the courses specified in the individual education plan in accordance with the nominal length of study approved by the faculty. For other students, the right to study applies to the course(s) to which they have been admitted.

Students who have accepted the offer of a study place retain the right to study for a period of one year over and above the normal study term for either full-time or part-time study unless the faculty has determined that the right to study may be retained for more than one year over and above the normal progress for the respective programme of study/course. The calculation of study term does not take into account delayed study starts, leaves of absence, exclusions from the university and academic delays. Students at risk of losing the right to study in accordance with this clause shall receive advance written notice at the start of the semester.

The faculties may cancel the right to study of students who have received an advance written warning and who have been further delayed without valid grounds. When a decision is made to cancel a student's right to study, the student shall receive written notification of the decision. This notification shall state the reason for the decision and details of the right of appeal. A student who loses the right to study may submit a new application for admission.

To retain the right to study, all students with individual education plans must each semester confirm their individual education plan and pay the semester fee within the stipulated deadline. The term confirmation of individual education plan refers only to the part of the plan relating to the current semester.

To retain the right to study programmes with an equivalent of less than 60 credits, students must each semester register and pay the semester fee within the stipulated deadline.

The right to study ceases in all instances when the student gains the degree or vocational training the programme of study culminates in. For students admitted to singular course(s) or one-year programmes, the right to study ceases when the student passes the course(s). Students who later wish to re-sit examinations in courses they have already passed must apply to sit the examination as an external candidate. In semesters following the termination of the right to study, such students are exempted from paying the relevant fees for external candidates.

Section 17. Order to present original documents
Students must on request from the university present those original documents which have served as the basis for their admission to, or for the issuing of a diploma from, the UiT. Students who do not submit the requested original documents for control may lose their admission to the UiT. Diplomas from the UiT may be withheld until the requested original documents have been presented and checked.

Section 18. Leave of absence
A student who gives birth during her studies shall be granted maternity leave during the pregnancy and to care for their baby (with reference to sub-section 4-5 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges).

Leave of absence shall also be granted for students who must serve compulsory military service.

Leave of absence can also be granted to enable the doctoral degree student to participate in international defence operations, work related to student politics, documented protracted illness and for other sound academic, social or personal reasons. Such decisions are made by the relevant faculty. Leave of absence in accordance with this clause may not be granted for a period of more than two years during the study period. Faculties have the authority to adopt supplementary rules deviating from the stipulations in this clause.

The student shall have the right to resume his/her studies at the equivalent level as prior to the leave of absence. The faculties must to the extent possible make the conditions favourable for the student to resume his/her studies as soon as possible after the leave of absence has ended.

Section 19. Individual education plan
The UiT shall enter into an individual education plan with students admitted to programmes of study worth the equivalent of 60 credits or more.

The Individual Education Plan shall be structured in such a way that the student can complete the planned studies or programme of study culminating in a degree to vocational training within the nominal length of study as a full-time or part-time student.

Change of year may occur upon agreement between the faculty and the student. Year changes may be unilaterally undertaken by the faculty when:

1. The student is delayed by more than half a year in relation to the nominal length of study or is 30 credits or more behind the nominal progress. Change of year involves a changed individual education plan and can also involve changes in the reading list and examination arrangements. The student shall receive written notification of this. 

2. The student receives changed progress resulting from stipulations in the curriculum or programme description.

Section 20. Teaching terms
The autumn semester begins in mid-August and concludes in late December. The spring semester begins in early January and concludes in Mid-June. Teaching and examinations shall normally be completed during this period.

Chapter VII Expulsion and exclusion

Section 21. Exclusions
The university's Central Appeals Committee may expel or exclude a student in accordance with sub-sections 4-8 and 4-10 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges. This pertains to amongst other things reprehensible behaviour, cheating in examinations and suitability assessment.

A student who behaves in a manner which seriously disturbs the work of fellow students or other activities at the university may receive a written warning from the University Director that his/her exclusion will be referred to the university's Central Appeals Committee in the event that the behaviour does not cease (with reference to sub-section 4-8, first clause, of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges).

The student may receive a written warning from the University Director as described in sub-section 4-8, first clause, of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges.

Chapter VIII Taking effect

Section 22. Taking effect
These regulations take effect from 01.01.2009.

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