Rules of procedure for undergraduate programmes

Approved by the President on March 17, 2008, to be in force from February 28, 2008, Ref. C2008/271 and revised November 22, 2010; Ref. C 2010/1283

Summary revised October 5, 2012.


Education programmes at Chalmers University of Technology shall satisfy the needs of the individual and society in terms of knowledge and skills. The students' potential for profiting from their studies stem from prior knowledge acquired at upper secondary school level. The basis for admission onto a course programme shall be general and specific eligibility, in line with the conditions that apply for admission to a state university.

The rules for admission must be formulated in such a way that the same common, national admission process can generally be used at Chalmers as at state universities. As regards courses and programmes that are not directed at beginners at Bachelor's level (first cycle), there could be special rules for admission. Selection and admission onto a course programme must be based on clear, established criteria and be seen to be in compliance with the law.

The admission procedure ought to provide the scope to offer in a few cases a small number of academically talented individuals with an obvious aptitude for the different professions that fall within the areas of education offered at Chalmers the opportunity to study at Chalmers.

The education programme shall be arranged in such a way that the content and level of knowledge provide the student with a good starting point for a successful professional life, with good potential for development and a significant capacity to contribute to developing new, safe technology in a sustainable society. The programme shall also be organised in such a way that it provides scope for individual variations and elements that expand the students' horizons.

Support for a course programme in society is important if it is to satisfy society's need for qualified, expert academics and lead to positive development. The content and arrangement of all teaching shall be such that it acts as a source of stimulation for students from different social and cultural backgrounds and for both male and female students.

The education programme should have a scientific, professional foundation. It should provide the students with insights into current scientific issues and form a basis for postgraduate studies.

The course programme should be organised in such a way that it is possible for the student to plan the whole of his/her education and it should state clearly the prior knowledge requirements for course examinations and degrees.

The students' acquisition of knowledge and the teaching by faculty members should be directed at creating an overall perspective and understanding of fundamental concepts. In doing so, the programme can achieve a high level of knowledge in core subjects, which in turn keeps the programme up to date over a long period. The programme should also provide the prerequisites for entering new areas of knowledge for lifelong learning.

The University's faculty members, together with the University management, are responsible for ensuring that the quality of the teaching remains on a high level.

The teaching should have an international perspective and inspire both teachers and students to become actively involved in different forms of international exchange.

The student environment at the University should be such that the student receives support and encouragement in his/her studies and generally feels well received by both faculty members and other personnel. In those cases where a student feels aggrieved, unfairly treated or has study welfare problems, there should be a support and advisory organisation in place for the students. Teachers and directors of studies are the natural point of contact in such cases although if more serious problems arise the student should also be able to turn to a student ombudsman.

Undergraduate programmes (first and second cycle) at Chalmers shall be run in such a way that the objectives laid down by the University Board are achieved.

An application and tuition fee system for university studies was introduced in 2011. Chalmers applies the fee system, as the state universities, for students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland.

Contact: Helena Danielsson, Coordinator Executive Committe for Education

Published: Wed 09 Dec 2015.