Telemark University College (TUC) is an accredited government funded higher education institution in Norway.
Since 2003, formal accreditation of institutions of higher education, spesific degree programmes and other programmes in Norway has been subject to the authority of NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education), an independent Norwegian government agency established by law in 2002.
Before 2003 accreditation of institutions as well as academic programmes was given by decision of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
As a state owned university college (Norwegian: høgskole), TUC is accredited to establish undergraduate programmes (4 year teacher education, 3-year bachelor's degree programmes or shorter programmes) under the authority of the Board. Accreditation is based on standard quality criteria set by NOKUT. Furthermore, TUC has special accreditation by NOKUT for several master’s degree and Ph.D. programmes (see list below).
Telemark University College has fully implemented the European standard of degrees, grading and credit system - 3 yr. bachelor’s degree programmes, 2 yr. master’s degree programmes and 3 yr. Ph.D. programmes. In addition, TUC offers the standard 4 yr. Norwegian Teacher Education Certificate. A full-time one year work-load for a student is 60 credits (European standard), and the grade marks are A (excellent) – F (fail to pass). E is the lowest passing grade.
|MASTER's DEGREE PROGRAMMES ACCREDITED BY THE ROYAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IN 2002 OR EARLIER :||PhD-PROGRAMMES ACCREDITED BY NOKUT SINCE 2003:|
|Art and Design Education||Process, Energy and Automation Engineering - 2009 (established 2010)|
|Cultural Studies||Ecology - 2010 (established from 2011)|
|Traditional Arts||Cultural Studies - 2012|
|Environmental Health and Science|
|Environmental Health and Science for Teachers|
|Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Life|
|Energy and Environmental Engineering - 1992|
|Process Technology - 1988|
|Systems and Control Engineering - 1989|
|MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES ACCREDITED BY NOKUT SINCE 2003:||MASTER'S PROGRAMMES APPROVED BY TUC UNER ACCREDITED PhD PROGRAMMES:|
|Multicultural Preventative Care with Children adn Adolescents||Environmental Science for International Students - 2012 (under Ecology|
|Educational Leadership - 2011 (established from 2011)||Inland Water Quality Assessment - 2013 (TUC's part of joint international degree - under Ecology)|
|MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMMES PRESENTLY UNDER ASSESSMENT BY NOKUT:||PhD PROGRAMMES PRESENTLY UNDER ASSESSMENT BY NOKUT:|
|None for the time being||None for the time being|
About the Norwegian accreditation system
Generally speaking, under the Norwegian University and Colleges Act, an accredited full university may establish any academic programme of any duration, at any academic level and within any academic discipline or profession (short-term programmes, bachelor’s degree programmes, master’s degree programmes and Ph.D. programmes).
An accredited university college may establish any undergraduate programme and any bachelor’s degree programme it finds suitable. In addition, a university college may establish selected master’s degree programmes or Ph.D. programmes subject to the accreditation of NOKUT and the final decision of the Ministry of Education. Institutions with an accredited Ph.D. programme, may establish any master’s degree programmes within the subject area covered by this particular Ph.D. programme.
All institutions are required to maintain a system for Quality Assurance in Education, monitored by NOKUT. In addition, NOKUT sets the standards and criteria for the content of any degree programme, and will also regularly review and secure re-accreditation for any regular educational programme (bachelor -ph.d levels).
For more information on the Norwegian system of higher education, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, see NOKUT’s web-site through the right-hand box "External Links".
For a full description of our academic programmes, see our online prospectus by clicking on the link under "Related Pages" to the right.