Degrees and grades


Bachelor`s degree is a lower level degree obtained by :

  • Completed 3-year vocational education (180 credits) which is in accordance with national curriculums.
  • Completed 3-year integrated education (180 credits) in accordance with programme descriptions approved by Sámi University College. It is required that the candidate has completed an assignment of 15 credits. The program can be either comprehensive 3-year education (180 credits) or 2-year education (120 credits) and in addition subjects of 60 credits.
  • Completed 3-year education (180 credits). A specialization of at least 90 credits in one discipline and at least 30 credits in another discipline is required. It is required that the candidate conducts an independent assignment of a minimum of 10 credits.

Master`s degree is a higher level degree, with a normal duration of two years after the bachelor 's degree, a total of five years of higher education. Admission requirements to master`s degree programmes are normally bachelor's degree or equivalent education in a discipline relevant to the master 's degree.


Credit system

Courses are measured in credits, concidered equivalent to the European Credit Transfer System standard (ECTS credits).
The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June and last for 10 months. The full-time workload for one academic year is 1500-1800 hours of study/60 credits.



The Norwegian grading system consists of two grading scales: one scale with the grades pass or fail and one graded scale from A to E for pass and F for fail. The graded scale has the following qualitative descriptions:

  • A – Excellent: An excellent performance. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a very high degree of indepent thinking.
  • B – Very good: A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates a sound judgement and a high deree of indepent thinking.
  • C – Good: A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independant thinking in the most important areas.
  • D – Satisfactory: A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independant thinking.
  • E – Sufficient: A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independant thinking.
  • F – Fail. A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independant thinking.

The scale is used absolutely (criterion referenced assessment).