Information for students at DSV

Information for students at DSV regarding the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education’s evaluation of education in Computer and System Science The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV) has, during 2012, evaluated the various educations in the fields of Informatics as well as Computer and System Science in Sweden. This has been done according to a model that has faced strong criticism in Sweden and internationally, but which Sweden's universities have to respond to.

The result of the DSV part of the evaluation was that the bachelor education was rated as "high quality" for all degree objectives. The masters programs were rated as "high quality" for four of the six degree objectives that were evaluated. The other two were rated as "poor quality”. This meant that the master's program received a weighted review of "lack of quality" in the HSV evaluation. When HSV believes that an education lacks quality it means that HSV is questioning the university’s authority to issue the actual degree.

DSV does not believe that an education can be measured only in the way that HSV has chosen to do. However, changes have of course been made. DSV has over almost two years implemented strong measures in connection with HSV’s revised regulations and these measures will be reported to HSV in May 2013. If the assessment of these measures is then positive then the rating of the education will be changed to "high quality".

DSV considers that the measures taken are fully adequate so that the authority to issue a degree will be maintained and that there is no reason for concern. It can however, still be comfortably to know that no matter what happens, that currently enrolled students are not affected AT ALL by this. They will be able to get their degree in the same way as before.

Criticism concerning degree objectives

HSV's assessment is based on eight randomly selected theses. Criticism mainly pointed to perceived deficiencies in students' ability to discuss method choices, to independently implement the chosen method and to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this method. In terms of the degree projects, HSV also notes deficiencies in students' ability to point to as well as reference the methods literature, to independently identify and formulate research questions, as well as to plan and with appropriate methods within the given timeframe, carry out qualified tasks related to the relevant scientific field.

Degree projects at DSV have undergone a major reform

The degree projects that HSV examined were written in 2010, before the details of the evaluation system for degree projects were developed. Since early spring 2011, DSV has worked with major changes and improvements at both the bachelor and master level. Considerable resources have been added and used in order to change the processes regarding the degree project and writing as well as development both in terms of the process and the grading. We believe that our changes are a suitable response to HSV’s criticism regarding degree project work and that we can safely guarantee that the new evaluation criteria are met.

The new processes applies to all students

Since January 2012 all degree are carried out according to this new model. This means that all students who are now doing their degree project work are included in this quality process, which we believe will ensure that the evaluation criteria are comfortably met in all respects.

Measures taken at DSV

The measures that DSV has taken relating to the education includes a new structure and content for teaching methods, annual processes for quality assurance and the introduction of the support system called SciPro (Scientific Production). SciPro is an IT support system that systematically secures the working methods of degree project work and gathers various resources that students need in their work. The system manages all aspects of the work, from idea to grading, including time management and organization. Even the connection to researchers has been strengthened. Today, our researchers upload all the possible research topics to SciPro, giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the current issues in the rapidly changing IT field.

DSV's assessment of the current situation

HSV attaches great importance to degree projects, which is only a part of the education at DSV. Our programs and education have already been substantially revised two years ago. The issues for which HSV has criticized us do not then exist anymore.

DSV's firm belief is that the measures that have been taken are fully sufficient to ensure that the department will retain the authorization to issue a degree for a master education in computer and systems science.

We also note that the new evaluation system of HSV is not fair to assess the type of education that DSV has. DSV is engaged mainly in educating students who will work well in their professional roles. We have a very active partnership with society and business, while encouraging creativity and practical knowledge. Students who have passed our courses and programs are sought after, and over 80 percent get jobs during or shortly after their education, with good wages in general. These results cannot primarily be measured by writing degree projects.


For more information please contact:

Stefan Möller, Director of Studies, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, email: