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Establishment and discontinuation of third cycle study programmes and courses

Here you can read about how the faculty works to establish and discontinue third cycle programmes and courses and how this work assures and enhances the quality of education.

Lund University has a general right to issue degrees in the third cycle, which entails full freedom to decide in which subjects to provide third cycle education. These decisions are taken by the faculty board, which is also responsible for establishing management rules for the establishment and discontinuation of third cycle programmes and courses according to Lund University’s regulations and decisions.

The establishment and discontinuation of study programmes and courses is mainly initiated by the faculty’s departments and primarily discussed within the framework of the annual organisational dialogues between representatives of the faculty, the departments and the doctoral students. This work is coordinated and prepared by the faculty’s research programmes board before the decisions on establishment and discontinuation are taken by the faculty board.

A new study programme cannot be established until the faculty board is satisfied that the study programme can be planned in such a way as to meet university-wide requirements and to achieve high quality in all areas of assessment. This planning is set out in a general syllabus for the subject.

Establishment of new subjects during 2020/2021

No new subjects have been established or are planned for establishment during 2020/2021.

Discontinuation of existing subjects during 2020/2021

No subjects have been discontinued or are planned for discontinuation during 2020/2021.

Establishment and discontinuation of courses

During 2021, the faculty will draw up written procedures for the establishment and discontinuation of third cycle courses and for the approval and revision of course syllabi. Until then, the established practice applies, according to which the following course has been established at the faculty during 2020:

  • Research ethics (3 credits). This is a compulsory course common to all faculties, for all doctoral students at Lund University (vice-chancellor’s decision STYR 2018/1024).