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 in Anthropology of Education and Globalization.    

Application guides

If you are experiencing problems logging in, please fill out this form and we will help you as quickly as possible.

Enquiries regarding your application should be sent to: ma.admission@au.dk

 

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

  • Your application fee will be reimbursed if you accept an offer of admission and are still enrolled at Aarhus University by 1 October (summer admission) or 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 showing examination subjects and results for each examination (a diploma without specific examination results is not sufficient). 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.
  • 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. Course descriptions should not be certified unless they have been translated. 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 officially certified translations into English, either by your home institution or a certified translator.

Course descriptions may be translated by you, but in this case, your translation must be certified by your university.

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.

 

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 form?

  • You have the option to complete the application form in Danish or English. If your browser language is set to Danish, your application form will appear in Danish. When using other language settings, the application form will appear in English. Through your internet browser settings, you are able to change the language as you please. To apply changes, close the browser down or refresh it by pressing F5.
  • On the Welcome page, before you log in, you can change the language of the application system between Danish and English at the top of the page.

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.
  • It might help if you change your browser. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are examples of different browsers. We recommend that you use Mozilla Firefox, when you log on to the application system.
  • 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.
  • It is very important that you log in the same way as you did the first time you entered the application portal every time you log in. Please read more on how to log in to the online application system.

If this does not work please fill out this form and we will help you as soon as possible. and describe in details the problem you are having. Please also attach screen dumps.

I have a German e-mail address and have not received my activation link.

  • Some German email providers are blocking emails from the application portal and unfortunately Aarhus University is unable to change this. If you have set up a user account for the application portal and you have not received an activation link in your inbox or junk mail the same day as you set up the account, it may be because your email provider is blocking the emails. In this case please set up an email account from an international email provider (such as gmail.com). Then set up a new user account for the application portal using this email. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 What does WAYF stand for?

  • WAYF means “Where are you from”. The application portal looks at the institution where you are known and not where you want to apply. You must therefore select the institution, which knows your log in information and NOT the institution you are applying to, when you log in to the application system.

 

The Application

How do I set my self up as a user?

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

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

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

  • The programmes are not listed in alphabetical order, and we therefore recommend you look further down the list. You can list the programmes in alphabetical order by clicking on the small arrow which appears if you place the mouse 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, whereas others may start in February as well as September. Please check when the programme you wish to apply for starts.

How do I prioritize my applications?

  • The first programme you apply for will automatically be your first priority. If you later on apply for other programmes, you will be asked to prioritize the selected programmes, when you press “submit application”. It allows you to change the priority of all your programmes.

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 rejected.

Which track should I choose for a specific Master’s degree programme?

  • If a specific Master’s degree programme offers several tracks, please visit the Master's Guide for assistance with regard to which track to apply for. Please note that you will only be taken into consideration for the specific track you have applied for.

How do I complete my application?

  • Please follow the instructions in the Guide on how to complete your application

What are my chances of being admitted?

  • If there a restricted number of students accepted for a Master’s degree programme, we cannot say beforehand what your chances of being admitted are. This depends on several variable factors, including the number of applications and their grade point average. As these numbers vary each year, we cannot say beforehand what your chances are.

 

What kind of documentation should I upload to my application?

What type of documents can I attach?

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

I am told that I cannot attach the file because it is too big?

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

I cannot open the attached documents. What should I do?

  • If you wish to open your attached documents, you can do so by clicking the icon that looks like a piece of paper.

Collection of data - is this relevant for me?

  • This is relevant if you are or if you have  been a student at Aarhus University, Roskilde University, Copenhagen Business School, Technical University of Denmark, University of Southern Denmark, IT University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University or University of Copenhagen. You will then have the option to retrieve a transcript through the online application system. You must check the box next to the university from which you wish to collect data and click ”Collect data”. It is not necessary to wait until the system has obtained your documents. You can continue with your application. When you have finished, please press “Next”. If the application system is unable to retrieve your data, even though you have studied at one of the mentioned universities, please complete the application without collecting data. If you are not or have not been a student at one of the mentioned universities, this is not relevant for you. It is not possible not to check the box “Aarhus University”, when you apply here”. In this case, 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 Master’s degree can only be offered admission for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme if there are available slots.  This means that you will be last in line for admission and cannot be admitted to a programme with restricted admission, if there are more qualified applicants than slots, even though you have a degree and grade point average that would have qualified you for admission. Therefore, you canapply for exemption from this rule, if you apply for admission for a programme with restricted admission.
  • If you have completed a Master’s degree, you must attach both your Bachelor’s diploma and your Master’s diploma as well as an application for exemption, if you are applying to a Master’s degree programme with restricted admission.

I do not have all my documentation and cannot apply before the application deadline. What should I do?

  • It is very important that you apply before the application deadline, as it is not possible to apply afterwards. If you cannot attach all the relevant documentation to your application, please inform us about it when applying and please state when you expect to obtain the relevant documentation. When you wish to upload the documentation that is missing in your application, please send an email to ma.admission@au.dk and we will open the application for you, and you will then be able to upload the documents yourself.  Please find the documentation deadlines here.
  • It is important that the documents you upload to your application are official, certified documents. Certified means that they have been signed and stamped by the institution that issued the document or another relevant authority. For more information please consult the documentation checklist.

What should I attach to the question “Passed higher education”?

  • Diplomas showing examination subjects and results for each examination (a diploma without specific examination results is not sufficient). These documents must be officially certified by your home institution.

What should I attach for the question “Unfinished higher educations”?

  • Transcript of records (if you have not yet received your final diploma). These documents must be officially certified by your home institution and show examination subjects and results for each examination.

What should I attach for the question “Detailed course descriptions”?

  • Course descriptions describes the contents of each individual course included in your Bachelor’s degree programme and they can often be found in the programme’s syllabus, curriculum or study guide. If you do not hold a degree that gives you direct admission to the specific programme, please upload official course descriptions (that includes ECTS points) in English. The descriptions must be official and certified (signed and stamped by your home university). If your university does not provide course descriptions, you may ask your university to certify (sign and stamp) course descriptions that you have made yourself.

What does “Obtained academic assessment/pre-evaluation of qualifications from Aarhus University or Danish Agency of International Education” mean?

  • This is only relevant for you if you have received a pre-assessment of your programme from Aarhus University or The Ministry of higher Education and Science to the application.

What does “Detailed course descriptions of ongoing courses, including expected completion date” mean?

  • If you have not completed your Bachelor’s degree or are taking supplementary courses, you should attach documentation of enrolment as well as information about when you expect to complete the courses in question.

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 must obtain an official description from your home university. This will often be included in your transcript of records or diploma supplement.

Do I need to attach a “Statement of relevance”?

  • If you must attach a “Statement of relevance”, this question will appear when you fill out the application form. It is only relevant for programmes at ARTS. Please see the specific admission requirements page for the individual programmes.

Do I need to attach a “Résumé”?

  • If you must attach a résumé this question will appear when you fill out the application form. It is only relevant for programmes at ARTS. Please see the specific admission requirements for the individual programmes. 

Do I need to document Danish language skills?

  • If you apply for a Master’s degree programme taught in Danish you must document your Danish language skills. Please find more information about Danish language requirements.

 Do I need to document my English language skills?

If you apply for a Master’s programme taught in English, you must document your English language skills. Please find more information about English language requirements.

If I have not finished my Bachelor’s degree, what should I attach to my application?

  • Transcript of records (if you have not yet received your final diploma). These documents must be officially certified by your home institution.

 

After applying

I have not received any notification email in my personal mailbox?

  • Please check if the notification email has ended up in the folder “Junk mail” and check how your spam filter is set up. It might also be the case that you have not sent your application and therefore have not received a notification email. If you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation message in the tab “Messages” inside the application system.

When can I expect an answer?

How/when do I upload documentation that is missing in my application?

If you have not already received a request for additional documentation in the application portal you must contact ma.admission@au.dk to have your application re-opened once you have the final documentation. The deadlines and procedures for uploading missing documentation are described here

How can I delete my application?

  • If for some reason you wish to delete your application, please log on to the application system and under the tab “See status of applications”, you have the option to delete an application.

If you delete an application, it will NOT be processed. Please note that when an application has been deleted, it cannot be reactivated.

  • If you have been offered admission for a Master’s degree programme, you cannot delete your application in the application system. In this case you can chose to reject the offer of admission instead of deleting the application.

How do I accept/reject an offer of admission?

  • To accept or reject an offer of admission, you must log on to the application system 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.

When must I accept/reject an offer of admission?

  • Information about how and when to accept or reject your admission offer will be available here. You will also be informed through your letter of admission.
  • You will not receive a message when you have accepted an offer of admission. The only confirmation you receive is the notification that appears on the screen when you have accepted the offer. You are welcome to take a screen shot of this message.

What can I use the tab ”User Information” in the digital application system for?

  • This tab will only appear in the digital application system, if you have set yourself up as a user in the application system.
    • It gives all self-registered users the options to upload documentation of identity and to change the following information:
      • First/middle names
      • Last name
      • Citizenship (this will only have effect on future applications and not applications you have already submitted.
      • Danish social security number - CPR (if you have one)
    • All self-registered users without a Danish CPR-number can also edit:
      • Date of birth
      • Sex
      • National Id
      • Address information

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

Do I receive a new admission letter if my admission changes from a conditional admission offer to a non-conditional admission offer?

  • No, you will not receive a new admission letter. The status of your application in the application system will change and you will be enrolled in the Master’s degree programme.  

 

Commencement of study

Where can I find information about commencement of study?

  • You can find the information here.