Additional FAQs on SLQF

According to Table 3 of the SLQF (pages 19-21), the minimum volume of learning required for a Bachelor's degree is 90 credits after SLQL 2, and for a Bachelor's Honours degree it is 120 credits after SLQL 2.

Further, in page 8 of the SLQF, under Volume of Learning section, it is stated that: "In the SLQF credit system, the student workload of a study programme is defined as 1500 notional learning hours per academic year". This requirement is equivalent to 30 credits per academic year.

In view of the above two guidelines given in the SLQF, the minimum duration in years required for a Bachelor's degree is 3 (three) and for a Bachelor's Honours degree it is 4 (four).

Approved at the 1048th meeting of the Commission held on 11.02.2021

  1. The position of the two-year PG programmes in Fine Arts / Visual Arts / Performing Arts (offered by the Universities of Kelaniya and Visual and Performing Arts), to be retained at SLQF Level 10.
  2. Universities need to consider developing new programmes of study, to be placed at SLQF Level 11, where the principal requirement is creative-production based original research, carried out over a period of two years, under the supervision of a suitably qualified university academic. Such programmes may include some taught courses in the 1st year of study, particularly on research methodology in the relevant field. Students may be exempted from these taught courses if they have already obtained a Level 9 or 10 Master's degree in the same field of study.

Note:
The claimed international best practice of recognizing MFA, MVA, and MPA type of degree programs as terminal degrees is true with the American university system but is no longer true with the UK-style university systems after the introduction of 'Practice-based' or 'Practice-led' PG degree programs.

Approved at the 1048th meeting of the Commission held on 11.02.2021