Psychology degree passes with flying colours
The psychology degree at Linköping University (LiU) received top marks from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV), which today published the results of the first round of its new quality evaluation system.
The HSV’s evaluation model contains three marks:
- Very high quality receives a pass with distinction
- High quality receives a pass
- Lack of quality results in a fail
In addition to evaluating the psychology degree for LiU, this round included psychology, media and communications studies, political economy and geography. Only geography did not meet the requirements.
“The psychology degree is a long, qualified vocational course that requires a broad base and well thought out programme structure. We have worked methodically, with a long-term perspective, to get the programme to where it is today. It’s great that it is now one of the leaders in the field,” says Dean of the Department of Philosophy, Bo Hellgren.
He says that result is very satisfying for the department in general.
“It shows that we are strong. The HSV’s model is an in-depth evaluation process with strict requirements on work methods for the subjects and courses evaluated, and I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues for their concerted effort and worked very hard during this process.”
It didn’t come as a surprise that the geography subject received a fail mark.
“We have had several years of declining interest from students, and last year the department decided that geography will no longer be a main subject at the department. We need skilled teachers in the subject in order to meet the teacher course requirements, however it’s a different matter entirely to offer it as a main subject,” says Bo Hellgren.
HSV evaluated a total of almost 200 courses at 25 universities and colleges in Sweden. By 2014 the quality of all higher education courses that lead to a degree will be evaluated. One new component of the evaluations is that they now focus on the students’ degree projects.
Over 60 % of the courses in the current round of evaluations received a pass mark. Just over a fifth of them were of poor quality and will now have a year to rectify their deficiencies. In addition to LiU, two other higher education institutions, Örebro and Uppsala Universities, received top marks for their psychology degrees.
- Psychology at LiU
- Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV)
- Department of Philosophy at LiU
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