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Admission requirements

General admission requirements

In general, admission to a Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS).

In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the individual programme, including language requirements.

The specific admission requirements for each Master's degree programme are stated in the academic regulations of the programme in question, but you can also find them in our Study Guide under the specific 'admission requirements’ for the individual programme.

To facilitate our assessment of your qualifications, you must upload documents to your application which describe the general and specific contents of your Bachelor's degree.

For some programmes you must include course descriptions describing the specific contents of each course included in your Bachelor’s degree programme. For other programmes, especially within the field of humanities, you will also be asked to upload a ‘statement of relevance’ describing which courses from your Bachelor’s degree programme in your opinion are considered relevant to the Master’s degree programme.

Supplementary courses

The current transitional agreement regarding academic supplementary subjects expires on 31 August 2016. 

The Danish parliament’s political agreement regarding an adjustment of the Study Progress Reform of 2015 also includes academic supplementary subjects. Even though the necessary ministerial orders have not yet been issued (late June), Aarhus University is expecting the following rules regarding supplementary subjects:

  • The maximum limit for supplementary subjects is set to 30 ECTS credits.
  • A maximum of supplementary subjects corresponding to 30 ECTS which are passed before the completion of the qualifying Bachelor’s degree may be included in the academic assessment of the applicant’s qualifying Bachelor’s degree.
  • Supplementary courses between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programme which are passed after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree may be included in the academic assessment, provided the University has granted the applicant conditional admission to the Master’s degree programme in question. How this will be implemented at Aarhus University will be decided in the autumn when the ministerial orders have been issued.
  • Participation fees will be charged for supplementary subjects.

Pre-assessment of Qualifications

A pre-assessment of your foreign Bachelor's degree

The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation provides assessments of non-Danish degrees, diplomas and certificates and information about international recognition of qualifications.

Such assessments are very useful if you live in Denmark but completed your qualifying degree in a non-EU/EEA-country. If you do not live in Denmark, you should NOT apply for an assessment from The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation. 

The assessment offered by the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation is a brief statement saying what your foreign qualifications correspond to in Denmark: Which educational level and, if possible, which field of education. It does not guarantee admission to specific programmes.

To see if your Bachelor’s degree corresponds to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length, you can use this link to find information about your own country.

A pre-assessment of your specific academic qualifications

The decision regarding admission to a specific Master's degree programme is exclusively made by Aarhus University in accordance with the academic regulations of the Master's degree programme in question.

A detailed individual academic assessment to specific Master's degree programmes is made by the departmental admission board only in connection with the yearly (or half-yearly) round of admissions.

Thus, please note that in most cases the staff of the Admissions Office is unable to determine in advance whether or not you are qualified for admission for a specific Master's degree programme.

This means you must apply for admission in order to receive an assessment, unless something else is stated under the admission requirements for the specific programme.

Restricted admission

Restriction on entry

Some Master’s degree programmes have restricted admission, which means only a limited number of student places are available for a specific programme. For those programmes, only the most qualified applicants will be selected for admission according to the selection criteria announced for the programme.

In case of restricted admission, the selection criteria used to select among the qualified applicants will appear under the specific "admission requirements" of the individual Master's programme in the Study Guide.

Your chances of being admitted to a specific Master’s programme depend on the number of applicants this year and the level of qualifications of all the applicants. As the number of applicants varies from year to year, we cannot comment – based on previous year's records - on the likelihood of admission.

If you already hold a Master’s degree you can find more information about your possibilities of being admitted to a second Master’s degree programme under Students already holding a Master’s degree.

English language requirements

All applicants with a non-Danish qualifying degree to English language Master's degree programmes must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in Denmark can be documented as follows:

  • TOEFL
    English B – Test result of at least 560 (paper-based) or 83 (internet-based)
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test.
    The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.
  • IELTS:
    English B – Test result of at least 6.5 point
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations
    English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) (from 2017 only grades A, B or C are accepted) or First Certificate with grade A as a minimum.
    Applicants must upload their Confirmation of Entry stating candidate ID number and candidate secret number, which are not stated on the test result itself.
  • CEFR validated English language course
    English B C1 level

In addition, the following applies:

  • The test result must not be more than two years old
  • You must upload your test result or your receipt for registration to the test to your application through the application portal. See documentation checklist.
  • When you have signed up for an IELTS or TOEFL test, you must also request the test center to send your test result to Aarhus University, in order for the university to verify your test result
  • If you receive your test result after the application deadline, you must upload your test result to your application no later than the documentation deadline (see documentation deadlines.  
  • Both IELTS and TOEFL are offered in Denmark. Students already residing in Aarhus (e.g. current exchange students, who must also document their English language qualifications when applying for a full degree programme) should be aware that TOEFL is specifically offered in Aarhus. Aarhus University no longer offers an institutional TOEFL test (ITP), which is also not accepted from other applicants.

Applicants exempt from submitting an English test are:

  • ”Native speakers” with an English language qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland).
    Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the exam has been taught in English) must submit a test.
  • Applicants with an English language Bachelor’s or a Master's degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland or Ireland. The applicant must document that the programme was taught in English.
  • There are special English language requirements for Erasmus Mundus programmes.

Application before you have passed your English language test

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken your English language test and obtained the required result. Instead you must submit documentation that you have signed up for a test or that you submit your documentation at a later date (please state expected submission date).

When you have passed your English language test, you must upload your test result to your application. See documentation deadlines.

If you are considered academically qualified for admission, you will receive a letter of admission conditioned on the submission of a sufficient test score before the stated deadlines.

Legal basis
The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education's Order No 241 of 11 March 2013 on Admission and Enrolment in Master's (Candidatus) programmes at Danish Universities

Danish language requirements

Students holding a foreign university degree applying for a Master’s degree programme taught in Danish must be proficient in Danish both orally and in writing.

It is a requirement for admission that you have passed Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog (the “Study Test in Danish as a Second Language”) or the former “Danskprøve 2”.

Exemptions

Students from the Nordic countries who have had Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish or Icelandic on the highest level as part of their entry qualification (high school) are not required to pass a Danish language test. See the Nordic entry qualification subject levels.

Danish citizens with foreign entry qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate) are not required to pass a Danish language test if they can document that they have passed the Danish primary and lower secondary school leaving examination (Folkeskolens Afgangsprøve or Folkeskolens Udvidede Afgangsprøve).

The Study Test in Danish as a second language ("Studieprøven")

Studieprøven must be successfully passed with grade 2 in each of the four disciplines according to the new Danish 7-point grading scale, or if you have passed the test before 1 September 2007, grade 6 according to the former 13-point grading scale.

Please note that for some programmes the applicant is required to obtain a specific minimum grade in some or all of the four examination disciplines. This information will be stated under the specific 'admission requirements’ for the individual programme.

Studieprøven can be replaced by a written and oral examination at Higher Preparatory Examination (HF) level.

For further information and registration for "Studieprøven", please contact: LærDansk Language Centre.

Legal right of admission

What is legal right of admission?

Following Section 10 of the Ministerial Order on Admission to and Enrolment on Master’s (Candidatus) Programmes at Universities (Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen), a Bachelor’s degree at a Danish university qualifies for admission to the Master’s degree programme constituting a natural extension of the subject area or subject areas of the Bachelor’s degree programme at the same university "immediately after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme". This means the first ordinary semester intake for the Master’s degree programme following the completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme. 

Exempt are applicants for Master’s degree programmes with restricted admission at the Faculties of Arts and Science and Technology with commencement of studies in both February and September. Applicants who complete their Bachelor’s programme during the autumn semester have the liberty of choice between using their legal right of admission for either the forthcoming winter or summer start. Whichever decision is made, the applicant must always apply for admission before the set deadline.

In the academic regulations for the individual Master’s degree programme, the university specifies which Bachelor’s degrees obtained at the university give legal right of admission, as well as which Bachelor’s degrees obtained at the university and other universities also give access to admission to the Master’s degree programme.

Timely application

At Aarhus University, it is a condition for retaining the legal right of admission that the applicant has applied for admission to the relevant Master’s degree programme within the application deadline. See the application deadlines.

Legal right of admission in relation to degree programmes with restricted admission

Awareness of the legal right of admission is particularly important among undergraduate students wishing to apply for admission to a Master’s degree programme with restricted admission. Legal right applicants are guaranteed admission to the relevant Master’s degree programme, and other applicants will not be considered for admission until all legal right applicants have been offered a student place.

Applicants who do not have a legal right of admission include students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree at another Danish or non-Danish university, as well as former Aarhus University students who did not apply for admission for the first intake after the completion of their Bachelor’s degree.

All non-legal right applicants are assessed on an equal footing according to the same selection criteria, which will be described under the specific "admission requirements" of the individual Master's programme in the Study Guide.

Legal right of admission in connection with tracks with restricted admission

The legal right applies to admission to a degree programme, but please note that you may not have a legal right of admission to degree programme tracks with restricted admission. You should therefore make sure to apply for several priorities.

Legal right of admission in relation to the Master’s degree admission rule

Applicants who already have a Master’s degree do not have a legal right of admission and may only be admitted to a Master’s degree programme if there are slots available, please see ‘Students already holding a Master’s degree’ for more information about the Master’s degree admission rule.

Students already holding a Master's degree

The Master’s degree admission rule

If you have already obtained a Master’s degree equivalent to a Danish Master's degree in length (120 ECTS) and level - regardless of the field of study of your Master's programme - you can only be offered admission to another Master’s degree programme if there are still available slots when other qualified applicants without a Master's degree have been admitted.

This means that you will be last in line for admission and cannot be admitted to a Master's degree programme with a limited number of slots if there are more qualified applicants than slots, even if you have a qualifying degree and grade point average. If it turns out there are available slots, you can be admitted if you meet the admission requirements.

Dispensation/exemption

A dispensation or exemption from the Master’s admission rule is only granted in certain unusual circumstances such as documented serious illness or other documented circumstances which prevent you from performing the job functions related to your first completed Master’s degree programme.

Unemployment or a wish to change your career path are not considered unusual circumstances.

The decision regarding dispensation is always based on a specific, individual assessment. Aarhus University only grants a dispensation in very rare cases.

How to submit your application for dispensation/exemption

If you wish to apply for a dispensation, your application must always be submitted through our online application portal along with your application for admission to the Master’s degree programme in question. You must upload your application for dispensation in the ‘Dispensation’ field in the application form. You thereby indicate that you wish to apply for a dispensation.

Aarhus University Admission will assess your application for dispensation along with your application for admission. You will receive our reply through the online application portal.

Conversion of grades from countries other than Denmark

For some Master’s degree programmes with a limitation on intake, a calculation of the GPA for your entire Bachelor’s degree programme or selected relevant courses may be required.

It will also appear from the selection criteria of the relevant programme whether the calculation of the GPA is based on the grades submitted by the application deadline or based on grades from the entire completed Bachelor’s degree programme by the documentation deadline.

If the calculation of the GPA is based on the completed Bachelor’s degree programme, and an official total GPA is stated on the Bachelor’s diploma, this GPA will be used. Exempt are Danish diplomas with GPAs based on the 13 point grading scale, in which case the individual grades are converted to the new 12 point grading scale (the 7 scale) before the total GPA is calculated.

Applicants who apply for admission based on qualifications from non-Danish universities must always upload documentation of the grading system and grading scale used in their home country or at their home university.

Conversion of Danish grades from the 13 point grading scale to the new 12 point grading scale (the 7 scale)

When Aarhus University calculates your GPA for selected courses or your entire Bachelor's degree programme, the individual grade is converted from the Danish 13 point scale to a grade on the Danish 12 point grading scale before the GPA is calculated.

The following conversion scale is used:

13 point scale

12 point scale (the 7 scale)

13

12

11

12

10

10

9

7

8

7

7

4

6

02

5

00

03

00

00

-3

 

If you have grades from both Danish grading scales

Applicants with a combination of grades from the 13 point scale and the 12 point scale will first have their grades from the 13 scale converted to the 12 point scale according to the above conversion table. Then a simple GPA is calculated.

The ECTS grading scale

All new Danish diplomas are assigned with an additional ECTS grade corresponding to the Danish grade in accordance with the ECTS grading scale.

The ECTS grading scale is made by the European Commission and used to compare and convert grading systems between different European countries. The ECTS system consists of 7 grades (A to Fx) and has been the model for the new Danish 12 point grading scale (the 7 scale).

The Grading Scale
Danish Grade Definition ECTS Grade
12 For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses. A
10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses. B
7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses. C
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. D
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance. E
00 For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. Fx
-3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. F

 

Conversion of grades from other countries than Denmark

Apart from the above official comparison between the ECTS grading scale and the Danish 12 point grading scale (the 7 scale), there are no official conversion tables between Danish and foreign grades.

Thus, when assessing applications for admission to Master’s degree programmes based on foreign qualifications, Aarhus University relies on the guidelines laid down by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education in the Country handbook (information in Danish only) containing guideline conversion tables for a relatively small number of selected countries.

For countries where no guideline conversion tables exist, Aarhus University will perform a so-called linear grade conversion based on the lowest passing grade and highest possible grade on both grading scales (in Denmark, these grades are 2 and 12, respectively).

The individual foreign grade is calculated to a number with two decimal places between 2 and 12, and based on simple round-off it is converted to a full grade on the Danish 7 scale. This grade is then used in calculating the GPA.

Applicants with a combination of grades from Danish and non-Danish grading scales will have all their non-Danish grades converted to the Danish 12 point scale before the GPA is calculated.

The above calculation method is approved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.