Approval, monitoring and periodic revision of programmes and awards




The regular course evaluations run by SCIENCE are an important element in the quality assurance and enhancement of study programmes and courses. As per UCPH Guidelines for Course Evaluations and Publication of Evaluation Reports, the purpose is to ensure that courses are evaluated in a systematic, well-planned and efficient manner, so that the evaluations have the greatest possible impact on teaching quality. The evaluations are conducted in accordance with current legislation.

At faculty level, course evaluations are part of the ongoing evaluation of entire study programmes and the annual process of drawing up a strategic action plan for the education area. At department level, the course evaluations form part of the basis for performance and development reviews, educational skills development of lecturers and quality enhancement of courses and counselling.

Procedure for course evaluation and follow-up work at SCIENCE describes how teaching and counselling relating to projects and theses are evaluated after each block, i.e. at least once a year. The teaching committees discuss the results of the evaluations of courses and study activities for which each individual department has primary responsibility. The deputy head of department for education (VILU) is responsible for ensuring that, in the light of the teaching committees’ discussions, a report is submitted to the study boards once a year – on 1 October. A template for course evaluations and reports assures the quality of the work. A summary of the report is published and an internal version included in the study boards’ annual revision of curricula and course descriptions. In this way, the evaluation results are part of the process for the development of courses and projects.

  • The departments’ evaluation reports





All SCIENCE study programmes conduct a programme evaluation every six years. The internal evaluation schedule is spread across the six study boards so that a study board’s complete programme portfolio is evaluated in the same year. In the year in which a study programme is evaluated, no programme report is drawn up.

The purpose of the evaluation is continuously and systematically to assure and develop the quality of the study programmes. The programme evaluation provides detailed insight into the status of the study programme and the challenges it faces. Like the annual programme report, it brings together a range of qualitative and quantitative data for consideration by programme management.

The head of studies for the individual programme is responsible for drawing up the report. The head of studies is responsible for working closely with the head of department and the head of department for education in drawing up the programme evaluation.

The deadline is the 1st of March each year. The dean approves the final programme report.

SCIENCE also involves external experts in the evaluation process and arranges for them to meet the programme management as well as students and lecturers from the relevant study programme.

In the Procedure for Programme Evaluations you can read more about the process, the timetable and who is involved.









Every third year, the University of Copenhagen conducts graduate surveys for all of its study programmes. University Education Services (US) is responsible for gathering graduate data and for subsequent data reporting to the faculties.

The purpose of the systematic dialogue with graduates is to ensure that SCIENCE’s study programmes are continually developed and equip students for their future careers by providing them with the knowledge, skills and competences that are in demand in their subject area. Furtermore, that the quality of the study programmes are evaluated.

See Procedure for dialogue with graduates for further information about the allocation of responsibilities.






SCIENCE has a wide-ranging programme portfolio. It draws on 11 different corps of external examiners and services five.

At SCIENCE, the departments are responsible for servicing the corps of external examiners. Joint guidelines have been drawn up for servicing the corps, and for appointing and remunerating external examiners.

The chairs of the external examiners contribute to an ongoing dialogue on developments in the study programmes and their annual report forms part of the quality assurance of SCIENCE programmes.

SCIENCE Education obtains the annual reports from the chairs of external examiners once a year. The reports are forwarded to the head of studies and the study board. Insofar as it is relevant, the annual report is included in the head of studies' preparation of the programme report and programme evaluation and in the study boards’ annual revision of curricula and course descriptions.

Read more about the role played by the chairs of the external examiners and their individual areas of responsibility in Procedure for involving the chairs of the external examiners.