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The new study timeline will give students an easy overview of their degree programmes

From 1 November, it will be easier for the individual student to get an overview of their courses, exams and grades. The new study timeline at mystudies.au.dk provides an overview of the various elements of the individual student’s degree programme.

2018.10.31 | Signe Schou

With the study timeline, students can see which courses they have completed, which courses and exams they are registered for, and if they have postponed any courses. All this information has been brought together in a digital timeline that shows the student’s progress, making it easy to keep track of whether you are approaching the maximum time use for your degree programme. The study timeline is a part of mystudies.au.dk.

Helping students make the best decisions

The idea for the study timeline emerged as a result of the study progress reform 2. The Education Committee wanted to give students a tool that would make it easy to see the consequences of the progress requirements for the individual student.

“It was important that the project did not increase the level of pressure on the students. Instead, it should reduce the number of stress factors and give the individual student a complete overview of their degree programme,” says project manager Kim Nørskov.

The study timeline meets a need, which students have expressed, for an overview of their degree programmes and what options they have. Now, the individual student can see which courses and exams they have passed, are registered for and perhaps still need to complete. The timeline also provides an overview of the more flexible elements of the degree programme.

“The timeline makes it easier for students to plan and make choices about, for example, postponing exams. It can help prevent wrong choices that might cause delays and ultimately have consequences for the individual student’s degree completion time,” says Kim Nørskov.

From complex to simple

The project is part of the university’s digitisation initiative which, among other things, aims to digitise and simplify services for the students. One of the goals has been to bring existing information into play in the right context for the students.

“We wanted to give the students a very simple tool, but behind it lies a rather complex administrative practice. The study timeline combines various data from several systems, and it has been a challenge to ensure that we have the right data,” says project manager Kim Nørskov.

This is also the reason why the Bachelor of Engineering programmes at ST do not have the study timeline yet. They do not work in the same systems as the rest of AU yet, which means that it is not possible to offer this service before the systems have been integrated.

Developed with help from students

The study timeline has been developed with a high level of user involvement. Students have contributed with knowledge and input during all phases. The study timeline has been running for a trial period from April until June at three degree programmes, and for an introductory phase from the start of the semester until 1 November, at which time it will be launched to all students.

The project also gives AU experience with data-driven and personalised services which are also a part of the digitisation initiative.


The study progress reform 2 in brief:

  • Students must pass at least 45 ECTS credits per year.
  • Max. six months delay in relation to the prescribed time to degree (one year at BSS).
  • Administrative registration for compulsory courses (students may withdraw from a course during the registration period).
  • After the end of the registration period, it is not possible to switch to another course, this also applies to the following semesters.
  • Registration for a course is also a registration for the exam.
  • You cannot withdraw from an exam in order to avoid using an examination attempt (except at BSS where it is possible to withdraw up to 14 days before the exam).
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