Establishment and discontinuation of study programmes and courses
This page contains information about how the faculty works on the establishment and discontinuation of study programmes and courses in the first and second cycle, and how this work safeguards and enhances the quality of the programmes and courses.
The faculty’s process for the establishment and discontinuation of first and second-cycle courses and study programmes follows Lund University’s rules and decisions. The University’s Vice-Chancellor has delegated decision-making on the establishment and discontinuation of study programmes to the university-wide Education Board once decisions have been drafted by the faculty board responsible. Before a new programme is established, external experts are to conduct an establishment assessment, in which they determine whether the conditions exist to start the programme.
Often, it is the faculty’s departments that take the initiative in establishing and discontinuing study programmes, courses and main fields of study. Drafting is done primarily by the faculty’s Study Programmes Board, where all departments are represented. In the planning of study programmes and courses, the faculty considers, among other things: student demand, the needs of society and the results of new entrant surveys, student barometers and alumni surveys. Representatives of the labour market also contribute meaningful knowledge when courses and programmes are being designed.
The faculty’s programmes and courses have their foundation in a scientific approach, which means that teaching and research are intertwined in our learning environments. This is reflected in our range of courses and programmes and is described in the programme syllabi’s documents on the attainment of learning outcomes.
The faculty also has shared procedures for the approval and revision of course syllabi.
The faculty’s strategic planning of courses and programmes
- Master Programme in Computational Science (120 credits) has formally been established and plans to start autumn semester 2023.
- Master Programme in Applied Computational Science (120 credits) has formally been established and plans to start autumn semester 2023.
- Within the Master Programme in molecular biology (120 credits) two specializations changed names to Immunology and Infection Biology and Microbiology and Biotechnology. The specializations starts autumn semester 2023.
- Master Programme (one year) in Environmental Health (60 credits) has been established. The programme is planned to start autumn semester 2022.
- A new specialisation in evolutionary biology was established within the Master programme in biology (120 credits).
- The Master Programme in geomatics changed programme name to Master programme in GIS and Remote Sensing.
- An investigation into the possibility of developing a department-wide Master’s programme in the field of Computational Science was initiated.
- The faculty board gave a green light to investigating the establishment of a new Nordic Master’s programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes.
- A new specialisation was established in the Master’s programme in Geology: Biogeology.
- The Bachelor’s programme in Meteorology was suspended until further notice due to declining student recruitment.
- The investigation into a Master’s programme in Computational Science is completed and a decision is to be taken on a possible follow-up of the investigation work.
- The Nordic Master’s programme in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes has been formally established as a specialisation in the Master’s programme in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science.
- A new specialisation in X-Ray and Neutron Science has been established within the Master’s programme in Physics.
- The faculty has started a new foundation year in science with permanent study places in collaboration with Lund University’s Faculty of Science as of autumn 2020.
Latest establishment of study programmes
- Master Programme (one year) in Environmental Health, 60 credits (start 2022)
- Master Programme in Computational Science, 120 credits (planned to start 2023)
- Master Programme in Applied Computational Science, 120 credits (planned to start 2023)
Undergoing establishment of study programmes
No undergoing establishment trials at the moment.