Changes in academic regulations as of 1 September 2022

On 1 September changes were made in most of the academic regulations at the Faculty of Arts - get an overview of the types of changes that have been made.

It is important that all the teachers check whether any changes have been made in the academic regulations for the courses they teach.

If you are in any doubt as to whether changes have been made in your academic regulations, please check point 4 (“Changes in the academic regulations”).

You are also welcome to ask SNUK for advice via Or you can ask the secretary of your degree programme board (uddannelsesnævn).

Here are some of the changes that may have been made:

1. Changes in the academic content

Any changes in the academic content applying to courses in the autumn semester of 2021 will have been visible in the course catalogue since 1 April. Changes applying to courses in the spring of 2022 are now visible in the academic regulations and in the course catalogue.

So, if you are teaching any courses in the spring, it is a good idea to check these courses in the academic regulations and course catalogue before starting to plan your teaching.

2. Changes in “About the degree programme”, “Degree programme rules” and “General rules”

Changes in “About the degree programme” (point 1 of the academic regulations), “Degree programme rules” (point 2.1 of the academic regulations) or “General rules” (point 3 of the academic regulations) are made once a year owing to changes in the rules – for instance new ministerial orders, revised rules for AU or the Faculty of Arts, or decisions regarding new practices made by a board of studies.

“About the degree programme” describes the programme concerned and outlines the rules applying to it – for instance admission requirements, the legal right of admission, phasing out and transitional rules. “Degree programme rules” contains a set of specific rules applying to individual academic regulations, and may vary from one degree programme to the next – for instance rules about the language of the exam, the curriculum, and participation in the teaching. “General rules”, on the other hand, contains a set of rules which apply to all degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts – for instance rules about registering for and withdrawing from exams, and rules about exams and major written assignments.

It is important that teachers are familiar with these points in the academic regulations, because they describe the framework for the students’ study and exam activity.

Changes this year:

Section 1 – About the degree programme:

  • Plans to phase out old academic regulations when new ones come into force: When new academic regulations come into force, a plan is drawn up to phase out the previous academic regulations. This plan shows when teaching and exams will be conducted for the last time under the previous academic regulations, and when the exam connected with the thesis and Bachelor’s project will be conducted for the last time.
  • For Master's degree programmes the admission requirements have been updated.
  • For Master's degree programmes the English B has been added as a language requirement in section 1.3. For more information se the newsletter from Arts Studier from August 2022.
  • For Bachelor's degree programmes, the maximum period of study has been changed from 1/2 to 1 year in section 1.5.

Section 2.1 – Degree programme rules:

  • Dispensation relating to the demand for on-site participation in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic has been removed from section 2.1.1.

3. Changes owing to SNUK’s annual review of legal issues

SNUK carries out a legal review of all the faculty’s academic regulations once a year. SNUK collects information from our departments and administrative staff, as well as information about exam complaints relating to problems in the academic regulations. SNUK will then decide which changes are needed in the academic regulations, based on the issues that are most urgent. These improvements help to remove any confusion among teachers and students, to reduce the number of exams that cannot be completed, to improve communication, and to ensure the legal rights of the students.

This year’s legal review has led to the following changes in the exam descriptions in relevant academic regulations:


  • The dispensation in the autumn semester of 2021 and spring semester of 2022 on the profile semester (Master’s degree programmes), giving the students the option of taking non-Danish courses at Danish universities in the form of international electives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been removed. 
  • Alignment of information in both Danish and English about the profile course in the profile semester (Master’s degree programmes).
  • Specification of submission in Digital exam on re-examinations for courses with lecture participation as ordinary examination, where the re-examination is a written exam.


  • Removal of the option of resubmission of group synopses to re-examination in the event of absence from the ordinary oral exam. This was described in some academic regulations as an option under the description of the re-examination of courses with oral exams with a synopsis, but goes against general rules for plagiarism and resubmission.

4. Changes to and introduction of Commencement of Studies exams on Master’s degree programmes

At the Faculty of Arts, all Master’s degree programme Track A with summer intake 2022 must have a Commencement of Studies exam. Under the study diagram in the academic regulations, information is inserted or updated about the Commencement of Studies exam, which must be conducted via Digital exam. Students are informed of the Commencement of Studies exam via AU student post in connection with the commencement of studies. For more information se the newsletter from Arts Studier from April 2022.