The University of the Faroe Islands offers a number of degree programmes at its five different departments:
The University awards three types of degrees:
Bachelor degrees are awarded after three years of study, also known as undergraduate programmes, typically take place after the completion of upper secondary school and are usually three years long (180 ECTS credits).
BA is the bachelor degree title awarded in the field of humanities, it is an abbreviation of Bachelor of Arts. BEd is the bachelor degree title awarded in the field of education, it is an abbreviation of Bachelor of Education. BSSc is the bachelor degree title awarded in the field of political science, it is an abbreviation of Bachelor of Social Science. BSc is the bachelor degree title awarded in the field of natural sciences and it is an abbreviation of Bachelor of Science.
Master degrees also known as graduate programmes, build upon the knowledge developed during bachelor’s-level studies, two years long (120 ECTS credits).
MA is the master degree title awarded in the field of humanities, it is an abbreviation of Master of Arts. MSSc is the master degree title awarded in the field of political science, it is an abbreviation of Master of Social Science. MSc is the master degree title awarded in the field of natural sciences and it is an abbreviation of Master of Science.
Ph.D. – short for Philosophiae Doctor –Ph.D. programmes, also known as doctoral programmes, are research degrees involving several years of work toward a dissertation. is a three-year research degree, which culminates in the defence of a doctoral thesis on the topic the doctoral candidate has researched over the three years of study.
A degree programme at the faroese university is made up of a number of courses in a particular field of study leading to a specific degree. Courses, sometimes known as modules in other countries, are the building blocks upon which each programme is based.
Instead of applying for a full degree programme, it’s also possible to apply for admission to some courses directly. When you apply for and enrol on a course rather than a programme, you are only registered for that specific course. When you apply for and enrol on a programme, you will then register for many courses over the duration of your programme.Academic calendar
The Faroese academic year is divided into two semesters:
Autumn semester begins at the at the beginning of August and lasts until mid-December.
Spring semester runs from mid-January to the beginning of June.
The University has a week autumn break in oct./nov., christmas and easter break.
The University of the Faroe Islands was founded in 1965 under the Latin name Academia Færoensis. Members of The Faroese Academy of Sciences, formed in 1952, promoted the establishment of a university in the Faroes. The efforts of The Faroese Academy of Sciences were directed towards fostering a scholarly and scientific community in the Faroes. The Academy’s activities included the publication of the scientific journal Fróðskaparrit and extensive efforts to collect Faroese vocabulary.
In 1965, based on a proposal from The Faroese Academy of Sciences, the Faroese Parliament agreed to establish the University of the Faroe Islands with the purpose of carrying out ‘scientific research and teaching at higher education level. It is the duty of the lecturers to promote both’. With this the Faroese people were given a higher education institution.
The University of the Faroe Islands opened its doors with a single professor, Christian Matras, and a single secretary, Maud Heinesen. In the early years, the University’s activities included one-year courses in natural history and in Faroese for schoolteachers. These courses had initially been offered by The Faroese Academy of Sciences, but were taken over by the University of the Faroe Islands. The one-year courses for schoolteachers were held fairly regularly at the University until the late 1980s, when it was decided that continuing education of schoolteachers should be offered by a former national education authority – Landsskúlafyrisitingin.
In addition to the one-year courses, the University organised public lectures on a range of topics, as well as evening courses in Faroese. In its early years, the University led a collection committee, established in 1967, which was tasked with rescuing Faroese folk culture. As a continuation of this committee, Tjóðlívsnevndin, was appointed in 1970 to collect materials on Faroese popular culture, tradition, folklore, etc. These materials are now held at the Department of Faroese Language and Literature. Furthermore, another committee was set up in 1972 to organise the collection of Faroese hymns and spiritual ballads. Throughout most of its history the University has also arranged annual monograph contests open to all entrants.
The University Central Administration Office is linked to the rectorship as the University’s management office and central administration. The Office’s responsibilities include drawing up and coordinating draft budgets and appropriations, in addition to authorising payments, recording entries in the Faroese public accounts financial management system (FSL) and monitoring any grants awarded. The Office is responsible for the University’s accounting and also administers funds, bursaries and grants.
Other tasks carried out by the Office are mostly related to statutory requirements and internal regulations, meetings in different committees, staff matters, journals, maintaining the registry (student enrolment, external examiners, examinations, diplomas and certificates, etc.), organising Board elections, preparing annual reports and other information materials, public courses, public lectures, prizes arranged by the University, study trip grants, cooperation and communication with other institutions in the Faroes and abroad.
Feel free to contact:
Department of Education
Student Advisor Paulina Poulsen
Tel: +298 299414
Department of Nursing
Student Advisor Johild Dulavík
Tel: +298 292265
Department of Faroese Language and Literature
Student Advisor Guðrið Poulsen
Tel: +298 352526
Department of Science and Technology
Student Advisor Jóannis Iversen
Tel: +298 352555
Department of History and Social Sciences
Student advisor Bárður Rasmussen
Tel: +298 352581
Students advisors are mainly charged with offering students advice and guidance on issues related to their university studies, such as: academic contents of our degree programmes, curricula, approaches to academic work and study methods, how to reconcile learning, life as a student and wellbeing.
Department student advisors cannot offer guidance regarding appeals or serious personal or social problems. In such cases, students are referred to the student advice services at the central administration firstname.lastname@example.org.