student workload

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a system enabling students to gain credits for learning achieved through higher education. The provision of ECTS credits is based on the workload students need in order to achieve expected learning outcomes.​

ECTS credit allocation at University of Nordland is based on a full-time student workload corresponding to minimum 1600 hours per academic year. This in turn generates 60 ECTS if all courses and practice are

passed and other programme requirements are fulfilled. 

This workload corresponds with current Norwegian guidelines and practice in the field of higher education.
The student workload (number of learning hours pr. academic year) includes lectures and other forms of teaching, tutoring sessions, seminars and group work, field work, project work, library work, laboratory work, practice and the student’s own independent work, for example related to the curriculum and required or recommended literature.  


A 1600 hour student workload is based on 40 hours a week for a period of 40 weeks per academic year in order to ensure achievement of expected learning outcomes. a regular course module providing 10 ECTS involves a student workload amounting to 266 hours.