Special Syllabus

A special syllabus is a theoretical and/or practical work assignment that is not specified as a separate course or as part of a course available. Special syllabus may also be conducted in connection with a degree thesis.

Special Syllabus Agreement

Before a student begins a special syllabus, an agreement must be drawn up between the student(s)/PhD candidate and the particular course supervisor at the faculty at which the syllabus is affilliated. The agreement is filled in digitally and must be signed by student(s) and supervisor. According to the regulations, the agreement must be approved by the faculty or to whom the approval has been delegated. The agreement must contain a title in both Norwegian and English, learning objectives, learning outcomes, level, form of evaluation, progress plan and responsibilities, both in relation to guidance in the written part of the assignment, and also for any laboratory work and the scope of the work. The progress plan and outline for the special syllabus are to be filled in or attached to the agreement. Remember the registration deadline!

The agreement form is available in the web page Forms and templates.

  • Learning outcomes mean the knowledge and skills that the student can be expected to have when the special syllabus has been completed. In line with the National Qualification Framework, this is divided into three groups: knowledge, skills and general competence.

    The learning outcomes are written with a verb explaining what the student will be able to do as a result of the learning activities in the subject.

    The learning outcome description should not explain anything about the degree of achievement of the outcome, only the type of outcome. It is the grade that will show the extent to which the student has achieved the benefit.

    The description should bring out the most important learning outcomes for the special syllabus in relation to the role it is intended to have in the education.

  • The syllabus can be at bachelor (200-level), master (300-level) or PhD level (400-level), and be performed by a single student or a group.

    All special syllabuses at 200- and 300-level is assessed with A-F. 

  • It is the faculty's responsibility to ensure that the workload is adjusted according to the number of credits required within the agreement.

    If several students write an assignment together, the scope of the assignment must be increased accordingly. An increase in the number of credits along the way will not be approved.

  • The special syllabus must be completed by the last day of teaching within the teaching period. This means that a report/assignment has been submitted and any oral or locally arranged written test has been completed.

    Exception: special curriculum linked to a master's thesis or at PhD level.

  • Identical deadlines as for other courses as described in the Academic Calendar.

  • A maximum of two special syllabuses may be included in each degree.

    • A bachelor's degree may include a maximum of 10 credits of special syllabus.
    • In a 2-year master's degree, a maximum of 20 credits of special syllabus may be included.
    • A 5-year master's degree may include a maximum of 30 credits of special syllabus.
    • Exceptions apply to special syllabus for Ph.D. level.
  • 3 weeks after last day of teaching.

Supplementary information

A special syllabus must lie clearly within the faculty's area of expertise and teaching capacity. Two or more faculties may collaborate on a special syllabus, and the supervisor(s) for the special syllabus is/are responsible for checking that the student(s) has/have an adequate academic background. Special syllabus can be carried out by a single student or by a group of students.

The special syllabus is described in NMBU's regulations on admissions, studies, examinations and degrees. There are special guidelines for special syllabus in connection with degree thesis.

Read the regulation before filling in the Special Syllabus Agreement in the web page Regulations and Guidelines at NMBU.