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The maximum credit limit of degrees to apply only to new students in the new degree programmes


The planned maximum limit for degrees at the University of Helsinki will apply only to students who begin their studies 1 August 2017 and after. The University plans to limit bachelor’s and master's degree certificates to fit a maximum of 300 credits combined (180 and 120 credits respectively). The limit would include a 10 per cent margin.

The Council of Education at the University of Helsinki met 24 April. From the discussion, it could be concluded that current students at the University will be allowed to include all studies, which have been approved before transferring to the new degree programmes, in their degree certificates. The transition period ends 31 July 2020.

Both current and new students will retain the right to do study units that exceed the suggested and maximum degree size. Students who will transfer to the new degree programmes after 1 August 2017 will receive a separate transcript of all extra study units not included in the degree certificate when they graduate.

The Student Union is still opposed to limiting degree sizes, even though we welcome the The Council of Educations current that allow new students more academic freedom than their previous stance. Representing the Student Union in the council is specialist Heikki Uusitalo, and the council’s current student member is Minna Mäkitalo.

More information:
Heikki Isotalo
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