Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) refers to a set of practices and procedures that can be used to assess students' prior learning and to approve that learning as part of the students' studies. The purpose of recognizing the prior learning is to ensure that students are not required to complete studies of which learning outcomes they can demonstrate to have been achieved in a manner defined by the university. The prior learning may be a result of the student's earlier studies or it can have been acquired in some other manner.
The recognition of prior learning is based on the correspondence between the applicant's competencies and the content and level of the pursued degree and its components, as defined in the learning outcomes. When recognising the prior learning, it must be ensured that the professional qualification given by the degree is not compromised.

Substitution of studies means that a course or a study module included in the student's curriculum is replaced with a course or a study module corresponding content and level, or on the basis of other competence.

Inclusion refers to the approval of a course or a study module completed in some other educational institution in the degree as such.

MDP in International Economic and Resources Law follows the general policy of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies related to the recognition of prior learning (RPL). However, as a corrective to the general policy, the Master's Programme follows subsequent guidelines:

Studies recognized as prior learned (whether substituted or included) are graded with a scale of passed/failed.

Basic principles:

  • In order for students to substitute or include courses, the courses or study modules cannot be part of an earlier degree.
  • Credits included in a one study module cannot be transferred to another.
  • The earlier credits completed at a polytechnic cannot be transferred towards Master's level studies.  
  • At least 70 % of the studies (including Master's thesis) must be completed at the university awarding the degree.
  • The expiration time for earlier studies is ten years.

For the recognition of prior learning students are requested to contact the programme coordinator. The RPL process is initiated by a written application made by the student to the UEF Law School . The Language Centre is responsible for the RPL for language studies.

Students have the right to request for a rectification of the decision in accordance with the university's instructions. Students are to be informed of the right to make an appeal of the decision. Students have the right to get counselling and further information related to the recognition of their prior learning in which case they can turn to the programme coordinator and/or secretary.