Application procedure

It is important you acquaint yourself with the application procedure, including application deadlines, application fee and admission requirements before you apply.

Below, you will find information regarding how to apply, which documents should be included when you are applying for a Master’s degree programme and other important issues regarding your application.

We kindly urge you to read the application guides before you access the application portal.

You can find the application guides and gain access to the application portal under 'How to apply online'.

How to apply online

All applications for Master’s degree programmes at Aarhus University must be submitted online through the digital application portal. The application deadline may differ depending on which programme you are applying for.You can read more about application deadlines here. The digital admission portal is divided into several phases where you enter your personal information, information about your home university, which study programme you are applying for and other relevant information. Please notice that the information you are requested to state and what documents you must attach may vary. This depends on what study programme you are applying for, your nationality and your qualifying educational background. It is important that you keep yourself informed about the specific admission requirements to the study programme you are interested in in order to meet various deadlines and to ensure that you attach the necessary documentation for us to process your application. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make changes to it or upload further attachments. However, if you have not completed your qualifying education or English language test at the time of your application, it will be possible to have your application reopened at later date in order to attach further documentation.Please find more information about documentation deadlines here. Prepare your application by reading the documentation checklist below.

Number of priorities

You may apply for up to three Master's degree programmes at Aarhus University and prioritise your applications. Only your three most highly prioritised applications will be processed. Any additional applications will be rejected. NB! Special requirement for the Master’s degree programme inAnthropology of Education and Globalization.    

Application guides

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Application fee

Application fee – non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

You are required to pay an application fee of DKK 750 per applicant (app. EUR 100 per applicant) to have your application(s) processed.

Exceptions from payment of application fee

Exempt from payment of application fee are non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens:

  • with a Bachelor’s degree from a Danish educational institution.
  • applying for a Danish Innovation Scholarship (Next or Future Cropping);
  • applying on the basis of a Wise Preparatory Course from The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics and School of Economics, Xiamen University, China;
  • holding a permanent residence permit in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • holding a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • who are 'permanently resident' in one of the other Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland), cf. Article 1 of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Order No 54 of 17 June 1999 between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden regarding access to further education, provided they maintain their official residence in that country while enrolled at Aarhus University.
  • with a residence permit granted on the grounds of family reunification;
  • having become EU citizens pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order); Applicants must upload documentation to their application for admission that their EU spouse is currently working in Denmark, e.g. by submitting copies of payslips or employment contract.
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries having been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act and whose parents have been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
  • with a dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non EU/EEA) who decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen (using both citizenships to enter Denmark is not possible).

Applicants with a temporary work permit in Denmark (e.g. green card) must pay application fee.

Please contact ma.admission@au.dk in due time before the application deadline if you are unsure whether you must pay application fee.

Terms of payment

  • Payment can only be made in DKK and only through the web shop.
  • Your receipt for payment must be uploaded to each of your possible applications for admission.
  • Your application(s) will only be processed if the total fee amount is paid by the application deadline.

Refund policy

  • You application fee will be reimbursed if you accept an offer of admission and are still enrolled at Aarhus University by 1 October (summer admission) og 1 March (winter admission).
  • The application fee will be reimbursed through the web shop to the account from which the payment was made.
  • If you are not offered admission, your application fee will not be reimbursed.
 

Documentation checklist

The checklist applies to all applicants. Additional documents may be required for certain programmes. You should always check this under the "admission requirements" of the specific programmes.

As a rule, you should always upload the documents required in the online application form for the individual programmes.

It is a good idea to have electronic versions of all your documents ready when applying, so you can attach them to your application right away.

The following documents must be submitted with the online application form: 

  • Diplomas (in addition to your diploma you must upload an official transcript of records with specific examination results). These documents must be officially certified by your home institution by stamp and signature.
    If you are a current or previous student at Aarhus University, Aalborg University, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen IT University or Copenhagen University, it is possible to submit your transcript of records through the application portal via data exchange.
  • Transcript of records (if you have not yet received your final diploma). These documents must be officially certified by your home institution by stamp and signature.
    If you are a current or previous student at at Aarhus University, Aalborg University, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen IT University or Copenhagen University, it is possible to submit your transcript of records through the application portal via data exchange. If you have a legal right of admission or your Bachelor’s degree is described as qualifying, you should not document ongoing courses.    
  • Official course descriptions in English briefly describing the contents of your specific BA courses or other information that will contribute to describing the contents of your Bachelor's degree programme. Students at Aarhus University should not send course descriptions. See below regarding Translation of documents.
  • Official descriptions of relevant courses to be completed after the application deadline.
  • An official description of the marking scale used at your home university.
  • Documentation of your language qualifications (e.g. Danish language qualifications and/or English language qualifications).
  • A pre-assessment you may have received from Aarhus University (if applicable)
  • Documentation of your passed courses from previous, not completed Master's degree programmes with a view to obligatory credit assessment.
  • Documentation of your citizenship (e.g. copy of passport).
  • A copy of your current residence permit in Denmark (if applicable).

Applicants for Psychology

All applicants without a legal right of admission to Psychology must upload a filled out equivalence form, which is available on these pages 

Other relevant documents

Generally, assessment of your qualifications is based on formal education, and, thus, your submission of CV, documentation of work experience, motivational letter, recommendations, etc. is not required, unless otherwise stated in the specific "admission requirements" for the individual programmes. 

Validation of your personal ID

If you create a new user profile to access the application portal, you need to upload documentation for your identity in the application portal. We need documentation that includes a viewable picture, name, last name, nationality and date of birth. E.g. upload your passport. We do not approve medical cards or driver’s licence. If your passport is provided in your native language please provide a certified translated copy as well. It is important that you do not upload anything else than what is required according to the ID-list above. Please wait to upload pictures of yourself until you are admitted and need a student card. 

Missing documents

You should always check the documentation checklist and the specific admission requirements of the programme(s) you are applying to with regard to required documentation. If you are asked to upload documents after the application deadline, certain procedures and deadlines apply. Please find more information about documentation deadlines here

Translation of documents

If the documents mentioned above are not in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English, they must be accompanied by translations into English.

Diplomas and transcripts must always be translated into English and certified by either your home institution or a certified translator. 

If your university does not provide official course descriptions in English, your course descriptions may be translated by yourself, but the translations must always be certified by your home institution. Documents translated by a certified translator should always be certified.  

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from Aarhus University

Normally, if you have completed a Bachelor's degree programme from Aarhus University or are about to complete it, you do not have to attach diploma or transcript of records to you application. This is only relevant if some of your exam results do not appear on the Student Self-Service system. Additionally, you are not required to attach course descriptions. 

 

Have you already passed courses on a Master’s degree programme?

If you have already passed courses on a Master’s degree programme at a Danish educational institution, it is important that you are aware of the rules on credit transfer and the difference between applying for admission on standard terms and administrative enrolment or re-enrolment (change of programme/transfer). In this connection, please note the following: 

  • When you apply for admission to a Master’s degree programme, at the time of enrolment, you must not have passed the entire first academic year of the degree programme at Aarhus University to which you are applying for admission.
  • If you have passed what corresponds to the entire first academic year, you must instead apply for re- enrolment or transfer/change of programme.
  • You should consult the degree programme's academic regulations to find out whether you have passed degree programme elements corresponding to the first academic year of the programme. You can also get advice and student guidance from the faculties’ student counsellors at Arts, Science and Technology, Health and Aarhus BSS.
  • If you have not passed degree programme elements corresponding to the first academic year of the degree programme of study, you must apply for admission on standard terms and credit transfer. You can read about compulsory credit assessment here.
  • If yours is a borderline case, and you are very unsure as to whether you have passed degree programme elements corresponding to the first academic year of the degree programme, it may be a good idea to apply for both admission and re-enrolment or change of programme /transfer.
  • Applicants from non-Danish universities may not apply for a change of programme/transfer, and must therefore always apply for admission on standard terms.

Permission to apply for admission if you were previously enrolled in the same Master’s programme

If you have previously been enrolled in the same Master’s programme you wish to apply for, but was withdrawn by the institution, you must apply for permission to reapply for admission.

  • You must apply for permission regardless if you have previously been enrolled in the same programme at Aarhus University or another Danish university.  
  • You must apply for permission even if you withdrew from the programme yourself, but just as well could have been withdrawn by your university due to too many used examination attempts, inactivity or your exceeding of the maximum time of study.
  • You apply for permission by filling out this form and uploading it to your application for admission in the application portal.
  • Aarhus University will grant you a permission to reapply for admission if you have significantly improved your possibility to complete the study programme, or if the content of the degree programme has been changed significantly since your previous enrolment.

Application process

Submitting your application

You can read all about how to submit your online application for a Master’s degree programme under How to apply online.

Please note that Aarhus University does not accept late applications, so make sure to submit your application(s) through the online application portal before the relevant application deadline.

Once you have submitted your application(s), you will receive a confirmation letter through the application portal. You can find all messages sent to you regarding your application(s) under the tab ‘Messages’ in the application portal.

Academic assessment of your qualifications

Once you have submitted your applications, we start processing them. For this reason it is important that you include all the relevant documentation, when you submit your application(s).

Some applications are assessed by the Admissions Office, while other applications are forwarded to the relevant faculty for an academic assessment of your qualifications as described in the academic regulations of the programme in question.

In order for us to assess your degree properly, you must submit documentation describing the general and specific contents of your Bachelor's degree programme. For information on which documents to include in your application see the documentation checklist.

It is important that you submit all the relevant documentation when you apply to make sure it is included in the academic assessment of your qualifications.

Without specific information about your academic qualifications, the department may not be able to assess your application and may thus reserve the right to reject your application on the basis of lack of information and documentation.

Submission of additional documentation

It is possible and sometimes necessary to apply for admission before you have completed your Bachelor's degree programme, English language test and/or supplementary courses.

If you apply for admission before you have completed your Bachelor’s degree programme, you must include an official transcript of records in your application.

If you are unable to include sufficient documentation of your English or Danish language qualifications when you submit your application, you should include documentation for signing up for a test or an explanation of when you expect to submit the results.

It is important that you must make sure to upload all the necessary documentation before the relevant documentation deadlines. Please find more information about documentation deadlines here.

Reply to your application

Following the academic assessment, you will receive the reply to your application(s). Please find more information about the different letters of admission and rejection and when to expect the reply to your application(s) here.

Obligatory credit assessment

Under the Ministerial Orders on Admission to and Enrolment on Master's Programmes at Universities, applicants must provide information on and apply for credit transfer for all courses previously completed as part of degree programmes at Master’s level. Credit transfers are limited to passed courses which are part of a Master’s degree programme which has not been completed.

You are obligated to inform Aarhus University of any passed subjects or courses which are part of a Master’s degree programme which has not been completed when you fill out the digital application form for admission to a Master’s degree programme. Please make sure that the information you upload is as detailed as possible. E.g. please attach official and certified transcripts of records and course descriptions in English or in the Scandinavian languages.

If you are granted admission for a Master’s degree programme, Aarhus University assesses whether credit transfers may be granted for previously passed courses or subjects. Credit transfer means that the subjects or courses you have passed previously will substitute subjects or courses at the Master’s degree programme you have been admitted to at Aarhus University.

Please be aware of the fact that there might be disciplinary sanctions if you submit wrong or lacking information to Aarhus University or if you omit to inform Aarhus University of passed subjects or courses which are part of a Master’s degree programme which has not been completed.

If you have not passed any subjects or courses at the same level which are part of a Master’s degree programme which has not been completed, you are not required to do anything.

More information about the study progress reform: 

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding obligatory credit assessment please contact the study centres at the Master’s degree programme for which you are applying for admission.

FAQ

 

The Application portal

In what language can I view the application portal?

  • You have the option to complete the application form in Danish or English. On the Welcome page, before you log in, you can change the language of the application portal between Danish and English at the top of the page. If you complete your application in Danish all messages sent to you regarding your application(s) will be in Danish.

I cannot enter the application portal, what should I do?

  • It might be because of a temporary error, close all open browsers, restart your computer and please try again.
  • Some applicants encounter problems when using smart phones, tablets, iPads etc. Please make sure to access the application portal from a computer, using the browser Mozilla Firefox.

I cannot see my application when I log in to the application portal, what should I do?

  • It is very important that you always log in the same way as you did the first time you entered the application portal. If you change the way you log in, the application portal cannot recognise you and you will not be able to see your application(s).

Which types of documentation do you accept as documentation of identity (ID)?

  • We accept a valid passport or other national ID that includes a picture, gender and nationality. Please note that it is mandatory that your ID includes nationality and not just place of birth.

I have been asked to upload a new ID, but I cannot find the tab ‘User information’

  • The tab “User Information” is only visible, when you log in with a self-registered user. Please log in with your self-registered user and upload e.g. a copy of your passport.

 

The Application

I cannot find the programme I wish to apply for. What should I do?

  • We recommend you look further down the list. The programmes are not listed in alphabetical order. You can list the programmes in alphabetical order by clicking on the small arrow that appears if you place the cursor on “Education name”.
  • Please do not write anything in the spaces “Education name” and “Start of study from … to”. If you have done so, please delete it and press “Search” again.
  • Please note that some Master’s degree programmes only starts once a year in September (summer intake), whereas others may start in February (winter intake) as well as September. Please check when the programme you wish to apply for starts.

How do I prioritise my applications?

  • The first programme you apply for will automatically be your first priority. If you apply for a second or third programme at Aarhus University, you will be asked to prioritise all your applications, when you press “submit application”. 

How many programmes can I apply for?

  • You are allowed to apply for maximum of three Master’s degree programmes at Aarhus University. If you apply for more than three Master’s degree programmes, only your three highest priorities will be processed. The remaining applications with a lower priority will be cancelled.

What are my chances of admission?

  • If there a limited number of students accepted for a Master’s degree programme, we cannot say beforehand what your chances of admission are. This depends on several variable factors, including the number of applicants and the selection criteria for the specific programme. 

 

What kind of documentation should I upload to my application?

What type of documents can I upload?

  • You can upload the following types of documents: Word (doc and docx), PDF, JPG, JPEG, TIFF and GIF.

I cannot upload the file, because it is too big. What do I do?

  • There is a limit on file size of 20.000 KB. If your files are too big, divide documents into smaller chunks – and save the separate documents. It is also possible to save the document as a PDF or JPEG file that takes up less space compared to other formats.

Collection of data - is this relevant for me?

  • This is only relevant if you are or have been a student at one of the Danish Universities. If you are not and have not been a student at one of the Danish universities, this is not relevant for you. It is not possible to uncheck the box “Aarhus University”. Please continue your application by clicking “Next” and upload the needed documentation in the relevant boxes throughout the rest of the application.

I already have one Master’s degree. What significance does this have for my application and what should I upload to my application?

  • Applicants who already have a government-funded Danish Master’s degree have limited possibilities of admission to a second Master’s degree programme.

If you have completed a fully government-funded Danish full-time Master’s degree programme, you must wait at least six years before enrolling in a new full-time Master’s degree programme. Please find more information about the limitations on taking multiple degrees here.

  • If you have completed a Master’s degree that was not funded by the Danish Government, you are not affected by the limitations on taking multiple degrees.

What should I upload under “Passed higher education”?

  • Diplomas and/or transcripts showing examination subjects and the result for each examination (a diploma without specific examination results is not sufficient). These documents must be signed and stamped by your home institution.

What should I upload under “Unfinished higher educations”?

  • Transcript of records (if you have not yet received your final diploma and final transcript). The transcript must be signed and stamped by your home institution.

What should I upload under “Detailed course descriptions”?

  • Course descriptions describes the contents of each individual course included in your Bachelor’s degree programme. They can often be found in the programme’s syllabus, curriculum or study guide. The descriptions must be official descriptions issued by your home university in English, Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. If your university does not provide course descriptions, you can upload a document in which you explain that your university does not offer course descriptions.

Is an “Official description of marking scale used at home university” relevant for me?

  • This is relevant if you apply with a non-Danish qualifying degree. You have to upload the official marking scale or grading scale from your home university that shows both the highest passing grade and lowest passing grade. The marking scale will often be included in your transcript of records or diploma supplement.

Do I need to upload a “Résumé” or recommendations?

  • You should only upload your résumé and/or recommendations, if it is specifically requested in the application form for the programme you are applying to. 
     

After applying

I have not received a receipt for my application

  • If you have submitted an application you can find the receipt for the application in the application portal under the tab “messages”.
  • All communication regarding your application will be sent to you in the application portal, so make sure to check your messages in the application portal often.
  • When you receive a message in the application portal a notification email is sent to the email connected to your application. Sometimes the email notifications end up in your spam folder, so make sure to check both your spam folder and the application portal often.

When can I expect an answer to my application?

How do I upload my final diploma and/or the result of my English test?

Please write an email to ma.admission@au.dk and request that your application is re-opened, so you can upload the documentation.
The deadlines and procedures for uploading missing documentation are described here

How do I accept an offer of admission?

  • To accept an offer of admission, you must log on to the application portal and choose the tab “See status of applications”.  At the right hand side of the page, you will have the option to accept or reject the offer of admission.

Do I receive a notice when I have been enrolled in a Master’s degree programme?

  • Yes, you receive a message in the application portal once you have been enrolled. Most new students starting in August/September are enrolled in the end of June.

Will I receive a new admission letter, when I go from conditional admission to unconditional admission?

  • No, you will not receive a new admission letter. The status of your application in the application portal will change, when you are fully admitted to the Master’s degree programme.  

 

Commencement of study

Where can I find information about commencement of study?

  • You can find the information here