Process for local qualification descriptors

The local degree requirements for every degree are described in a local qualification descriptor, written in Swedish. Here you can read about the process that leads to the decision of a new or revised qualification descriptor.

The university may stipulate more specific requirements for particular degrees in local qualification descriptors. These state, for example, what is required in order to obtain a particular professional, general or artistic degree with a specific specialisation. The precise requirements will be based on the national degree requirements given in the Higher Education Ordinance and the local degree requirements of Umeå University's local qualifications ordinance.

All qualification descriptors must follow a common structure and be written on the basis of the common templates. These state, among other things, the degree title, scope, independent project and what is otherwise required in order to obtain the degree. More information about qualification descriptors can be found in the local qualifications ordinance.

If a qualification descriptor, that has already been specified, needs to be amended, the process is the same as for specifying a new qualification descriptor. A revision becomes necessary when the requirements for the degree change.

Process for specifying and revising local qualification descriptors
The term faculty also includes Umeå School of Education and Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics.

  1. Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office receive the proposed local qualification descriptor, written in Swedish. The proposed qualification descriptor must follow the template for local qualification descriptors. The templates are provided by the Degree Evaluation Office.
  2. The Degree Evaluation Office reviews the proposed qualification descriptor.
  3. Dialogue between the Degree Evaluation Office, the faculty and/or the department.
  4. If necessary, the document is edited so that the Degree Evaluation Office, the faculty and/or the department agree on the proposal for a new qualification descriptor.
  5. The proposed qualification descriptor is approved by the faculty board.
  6. Final editing is performed by the Degree Evaluation Office; a reference number and the date of the Vice-Chancellor's decision are added, for example.
  7. The Degree Evaluation Office records and submits documentation on the matter. The registrar submits the matter for a decision by the Vice-Chancellor.
  8. Vice-Chancellor's meeting. The Vice-Chancellor makes a decision, following a presentation by the Degree Evaluation Office.
  9. The decision is sent to the relevant faculty and the student union.
  10. The Degree Evaluation Office publishes the qualification descriptor on the student web (the Swedish web page).
  11. The Degree Evaluation Office is responsible for the degree being available for application in Ladok for students, and also creates templates, etc. for the degree certificate. Any information about the Diploma Supplement (English-language appendix to the degree certificate) is obtained from the faculty.

Templates for local qualification descriptors

The templates for local qualification descriptors are written in Swedish. If you need templates, please contact Maria Rudberg at Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office:

Maria Rudberg