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The study progress reform at AU

New internal rules for study progress for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at Aarhus University

Study progress rules for Bachelor’s degree programmes:

  • The automatic registration for all courses and exams is abolished, and in future, Bachelor’s degree students will be able to withdraw from courses as well as exams before specified deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree students must pass at least 45 ECTS per academic year.
  • Bachelor’s degree students must complete their degree programme within the prescribed time to degree plus six months to one year.
  • Each faculty introduces a first-year exam for Bachelor’s degree students equivalent to between 30 and 60 ECTS which must be passed before the end of the first year of study.
  • The rules come into force on 1 September 2016. The internal rules will be evaluated in summer 2017.

Registration for courses and exams on Bachelor’s degree programmes

In practice, this means that the compulsory registration for courses and exams equating to 60 ECTS per academic year will be abolished. In future, students will therefore be responsible for registering for exams and courses themselves. When registering for a course, students are also automatically registered for their first exam attempt in connection with the exams associated with the course. It is also possible for students to withdraw from courses and exams before a deadline set by the faculty. This applies to both compulsory courses and elective courses.

To support the transition from upper secondary school to university, the individual faculties may elect – as a special service – to automatically register students for compulsory courses. When registered for a course, students are also automatically registered for their first exam attempt in connection with the exams associated with the course.

All students must pass a first-year exam equivalent to 30 to 60 ECTS. The number of ECTS will be set by the faculty. The exam must be passed after the first year of study.  Students who fail the first-year exam may be withdrawn from the degree programme.

Introduction of active enrolment requirement on Bachelor’s degree programmes

An active enrolment requirement of 45 ECTS per academic year will be introduced for Bachelor’s degree programmes. If the first-year exam is equivalent to 45 ECTS or more, the active enrolment requirement for the first year of the Bachelor’s degree programme does not apply. If the courses offered during the academic year in question cannot make up 45 ECTS exactly, rounding-down to the nearest possible number of ECTS is allowed.

Students must be allowed enough time for three exam attempts in subjects that can count towards meeting the active enrolment requirement – even if they do not necessarily use three attempts – before being withdrawn from the programme.

Maximum times to degree on Bachelor’s degree programmes

Maximum times to degree will be specified in the academic regulations within a time-frame of three years plus six months or three years plus one year. There will be differences between the various degree programmes, and information can be found in the academic regulations. It must be possible for all students to have three exam attempts within the specified maximum time to degree.

Six months to one year after students should have completed their degree programme, a check will be carried out to see if they have completed their degree programme within the specified time-frame. The purpose of this is to identify and withdraw students who have not finished their degrees.

For students who are less than 30 ECTS away from completing their degree, rounding-up to one semester is allowed.

Transitional arrangements

For students enrolled on or before 1 February 2016, transitional arrangements are being established, so that in future all Bachelor’s degree students will be covered by the maximum time-to-degree rules. The transitional arrangements only regulate the student’s future behaviour; in practice, this means that Bachelor’s degree students will be given an individually fixed time-frame within which they must complete their degree. The time-frame will be based on the remaining time to degree plus one year.

First-year exam for Bachelor’s degree programmes

The faculty decides the scope of the first-year exams within a framework of 30 to 60 ECTS. The first-year exams on the Bachelor’s degree programmes must be passed after the first year of study. The faculty may decide that students should be allowed only two attempts at passing the individual exams.

The first-year exams determine whether students will be allowed to continue their studies. Students who do not pass their first-year exams risk being withdrawn from their degree programme.

Study progress rules for Master’s degree programmes:

  • The compulsory registration for 60 ECTS per academic year will be abolished, and in future, Master’s degree students can withdraw from courses as well as from exams before specified deadlines. However, they will be registered automatically for their Master’s thesis.
  • Master’s degree students must pass at least 45 ECTS per academic year.
  • Master’s degree students must complete their degree programme within the prescribed time to degree plus six months.
  • The rules come into force on 1 September 2016. The internal rules will be evaluated in summer 2017.

Registration for courses and exams on Master’s degree programmes

In practice, this means that the requirement for compulsory registration for 60 ECTS per academic year will be abolished. However, compulsory registration for the Master’s thesis is still required. In future, students must therefore register for exams and courses themselves. It is also possible for students to withdraw from courses and exams before a deadline set by the faculty.

The faculties may – as a service to students – decide to automatically register students for compulsory courses. With the registration, students are also automatically registered for their first exam attempt in connection with the exams associated with the course.

Introduction of active enrolment requirement on Master’s degree programmes

An active enrolment requirement of 45 ECTS per academic year will be introduced for Master’s degree programmes. If the courses offered during the academic year in question cannot make up 45 ECTS exactly, rounding-down to the nearest possible number of ECTS is allowed.

Students must be allowed enough time for three exam attempts in subjects that can count towards meeting the active enrolment requirement – even if they do not necessarily use three attempts – before being withdrawn from the programme.

Maximum times to degree on the Master’s degree programmes

Maximum times to degree will be introduced. The maximum time to degree for Master’s degree programmes is the prescribed time to degree plus six months.

Six months after students should have completed their degree programme, a check will be carried out to see if they have completed their degree programme within the specified time-frame. The purpose of this is to identify and withdraw students who have not finished their degrees.

Automatic registration for Master’s thesis

Master’s degree students will automatically be registered for their Master’s thesis, and it will not be possible to withdraw. The registration will be adjusted to make it possible for students to complete their Master’s thesis using three attempts to pass within the maximum time-to-degree time-frame.

When students have been registered for their Master’s thesis, it is not possible to withdraw from any second or third attempt, either. These attempts must be based on a revised thesis statement in accordance with the rules specified in the ministerial order.

It is still possible for students to complete failed courses concurrently with writing their Master’s thesis within the framework of the active enrolment requirement and the maximum time to degree.

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