The University of Agder has had its application to establish a professional degree in psychology rejected. The refusal letter outlines points that UiA must resolve in order to get the study programme approved.
“We are deliberating on the rejection and are considering what the next steps are to get a professional psychology degree at UiA,” says Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) is responsible for accrediting the establishment of professional degrees in psychology, law and theology; programmes that used to fall under the so-called Degree Regulation (‘Gradsforskriften’).
“Psychology education is sorely needed in our region, and we have a united Agder behind us. We believe we can offer a good psychology course at UiA, but it is difficult to start up when the professional environment and the scope of research are judged by the same criteria as institutions who’ve been delivering the programme for decades,” Whittaker says.
NOKUT’s rejection letter and report can be found here (Norwegian only)