Programme Board for the MSc in Molecular Medicine
The programme of study is based on interdisciplinary cooperation between Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST), the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NTNU) and the Faculty of Medicine (NTNU), the latter being the host faculty. The Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health is the host department and has the administrative responsibility for the programme.
In cases involving resource and/or academic consequences for one or more of the involved faculties, the programme board must ensure that any proposal for a decision has been submitted to and approved by the deans of these faculties before being put to the dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
The programme board's field of responsibility
The duty of the programme board is to stimulate the academic and pedagogic development of the programme of study and the included courses, and developing the programme of study into a solid and comprehensive education programme. The programme board should work to attract highly qualified applicants to the programme of study and to ensure that the education provides the necessary competence for the labour market and greater society – today and in the future.
The programme board shall:
- Propose profiling measures and other information activities for the programme of study.
- Propose academic admission requirements, any admission quotas and the size and scope of admissions.
- Assess the academic qualifications of students whose basic training is from an educational institution abroad or whose educational background has no prior admission approval. The host faculty receives the applications and bases its decisions on the programme board's recommendations.
- Propose the academic design of the programme of study, including composition, profile, progression and options. The total course portfolio of the programme of study for the coming academic year must be decided by the programme board during the autumn semester.
- Propose general guidelines for completing the programme of study and specific guidelines for the master's thesis. The host faculty has the overriding responsibility for ensuring that the total programme of study satisfies the rules and regulations in force.
- Undertake an academic and ethical assessment of students' project descriptions for the master's thesis and selection of the principle supervisor.
- Assess exemptions from courses and examination requirements, including appoving courses completed at external institutions.
- Monitor the distribution of grades over time, and implement any necessary measures. The programme board's secretary is responsible for obtaining the basic data on grade distribution.
- Facilitate for ongoing evaluation of the programme of study and propose necessary improvements. The results of evaluations and measures for improvement should be discussed by the programme board at least once a year, and summarized in a brief status report to the head of the host department.
- Arrange, if necessary, coordination meetings where all the responsible course coordinators are invited. The purpose of the coordination meeting is to develop a common understanding of the course coordinator role, facilitate for good continuity between the various courses and discuss common problems in connection with planning, implementing and evaluating the teaching and assessment.
- Facilitate international student exchange.
For more information see the descriptions of roles and responsibilities for programme boards at NTNU's webpage for education quality (KVASS).
The programme board meets at least once each semester. The programme board may delegate cases to the chairperson of the board, for example duties in connection with admission, external education approval and approving the master's degree agreement.
The working language of the programme board is English.
Composition of the programme board
- Two scientific staff members from the Faculty of Medicine
- One scientific staff member from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology
- One scientific staff member from the Sør-Trøndelag University College
- One external representative
- Two student representatives
The chairperson of the programme board must be one of the scientific staff members from the Faculty of Medicine.
The student representatives are elected for one year. The other representatives are appointed for three years.
Representatives of management and administration at the Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health and the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine may attend as observers with the right to speak and propose motions.
The secretarial function
The Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health will appoint a secretary for the programme board.
Minutes from programme board meetings is routinely administered to programme board members and any deputy members, deans of the involved faculties, the head of department and the head of office of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's and Women's Health, and the Section of Student and Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine.
Notifications of minutes, minutes and other case documents for the programme board are filed in ePhorte.