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Master's Programme in Language Technology

Examination and continued studies

This is an outline of the principles behind examination and continued studies in the Master Programme in Language Technology (MPLT). You are always welcome to ask the teachers for advice concerning your studies and to discuss their assessment of your performance. Also see the more general document Guidelines on working conditions for first- and second-cycle students at Uppsala University.

MPLT and its courses are primarily designed for students who have the ability, motivation, and time to complete the courses according to the official study pace. The examination opportunities that are offered reflect this. However, when there are special reasons, such as serious medical or personal conditions arising during the study period, or problems caused by the university, individual examination can be provided in a more generous manner. You should alert the teacher in charge of examination well before the final deadlines in case you have encountered problems that you think are valid reasons for special treatment as regards examination. “Ordinary” study problems resulting in a failure to collect the credits required for continued studies will not in general be considered a special reason.

When you have been admitted to MPLT you are guaranteed to be given the opportunity to complete the programme (and thus to qualify for an MA in LT) in two years of full-time studies according to the programme layout, provided that you complete the courses as required by the entry requirements of later courses. If you need to make a break during your studies, you must apply for and be granted an academic leave of absence to have a guaranteed place on the programme after the break. The decision taken by the department will be based on your reasons and the practical possibilities. (See UU's general information on academic leave of absence.)

If you cannot take a course when it is given according the programme layout, because you do not meet the entry requirements, or for some other “practical” reason, you can apply for that course later. (Make such an application to the programme coordinator no later than two weeks before the course starts.) However, unless promised by an academic leave of absence, admission can not be guaranteed. So, if you plan to complete the programme in three years you should apply for an academic leave of absence before the moment you abandon the full-time path.

Each course instance offers two assessment opportunities (typically comprising a series of tests and/or assignments), the regular one and an additional one (for reassessment or late first try). The reassessment should not take place earlier than 14 days after the grading of the regular tests/assignments. In addition, teachers can provide a quick resubmission/reassessment opportunity for assignments which are very close to passing. This service is only provided as explicitly specified by the teacher.

If a student has failed to earn a pass grade for a course instance after the last deadline, the next opportunity for assessment will be given in connection with the next instance, typically a year later. Assessment will then be made in accordance with the examination design for the next course instance. Partial, but incomplete, passing of examination components can, in normal cases, not be “saved” for next year. It is the responsibility of the student to take notice of possible revisions of the course content and the assessment procedure, and to alert the teacher(s) of his/her intention to retake a course examination.