What are the entry requirements for the courses?
Our credit-earning courses require eighteen months of full-time working experience. A certificate of previous employment is to be attached when applying at universityadmissions.se. Entry requirements in addition to working experience: 180 credits, including 15 credits in programming, as well as qualifications corresponding to the course English 5/English A from Swedish upper secondary school.
Will the Smarter course require my employer to pay fees?
When you apply for the course through regular admissions, so there is no course fee. If you want to book the course as a contract course, that can be arranged at a fee.
May I apply for your credit-earning courses without academic qualifications?
If you lack the academic qualifications required for a credit-earning course, your working experience may qualify you for the course through validation of prior learning. Apply for assessment of prior learning here. An assessment of prior learning may also be requested for parts of your academic qualifications if, for example, your studies did not include any programming.
How much time will I need to dedicate to the course?
Most of the Smarter courses are part-time and the equivalent to 3 credits. Expect around 80 hours of study over a semester.
Do I need to know how to program to participate in Smarter?
Yes, since these are higher education courses at the second-cycle (Master’s level), programming skills are required.
What does it mean that the courses are aimed at working professionals?
Smarter is a contract education initiative, and as such its courses are viewed as continued professional development for working professionals. Therefore, you need your employer’s approval to complete the course.
Why is it necessary to participate in compulsory classes, since everything can be studied online?
We have consciously chosen to design the Smarter courses according to a teaching model that involves not only distance education, but also on-site classes. The idea is that the students will spend half a day discussing course topics with fellow students and researchers. It is our experience that meeting face to face leads to better learning outcomes.
I can only participate in two of the three on-site classes. How important is it that I attend all classes?
Attendance is compulsory at all three on-site classes.
Is it possible to participate in the three on-site classes via video link, e.g. Adobe Connect?
No, you must attend the on-site classes on campus at Örebro University.