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Registration for Master's courses without a completed Bachelor

Normally you have to finish you bachelor’s degree before you can start your master’s degree. However, as a bachelor’s student at University of Southern Denmark, you can apply for a permission to follow courses from a master’s programme while you complete the last courses of your bachelor’s programme. This might be relevant to you if you lack a single course in the bachelor’s programme, and therefore you want to start your master’s. It might also be relevant if you finish your bachelor’s degree in February, but your master’s programme only has a startup in September. In that case you have to wait for an entire semester, unless you apply for you master’s the semester before you finish.

If you gain the permission, you can sign up for a maximum of 30 ECTS worth of master’s courses before your finish your bachelor’s degree. Therefore it is important that you primarily focus on completing your bachelor’s degree.

Furthermore, you can only receive the SU granted in relation to your enrolment in the bachelor’s. Only once you finish your bachelor’s degree can you apply for SU in relation to your master’s.

How to apply?

To follow courses from you master’s programme, you have to make a regular application for admission to the master’s programme via the online application portal DANS. Furthermore, you have to fill out a form which you will find here:

If at the time of application you are already aware that you will not finish your bachelor’s degree, you have to submit the filled out form as an enclosure to your master’s application.

If you already applied for the master’s programme, but you find out afterwards that you will not pass your bachelor’s degree before study start, you have to send the form to the Admissions Office via SPOC. You can apply until study start if it turns out that you did not pass one of your exams. If you haven’t received your last examination result before study start, we recommend that you apply for the permission just in case.

What does it take?

If you already applied for the master’s programme, but you find out afterwards that you will not pass your bachelor’s degree before study start, you have to send the form to the Admissions Office via SPOC. You can apply until study start if it turns out that you did not pass one of your exams. If you haven’t received your last examination result before study start, we recommend that you apply for the permission just in case.

To start your master’s courses, you need to fulfill some specific academic criteria. The criteria vary depending on what faculty your master’s programme falls under, but generally it is a deciding factor which and how many courses from your bachelor’s programme you have passed. The criteria for your faculty are listed in the relevant application form. If your bachelor’s programme and your master’s programme falls under two different faculties, choose the form that matches your master’s programme.

If you do not fulfill the criteria, you can indicate in the form that you apply for an exception from the criteria. In that case you have to state a reason for your application and explain why you wish to begin your master’s programme now, and why haven’t yet completed your bachelor’s degree. Remember to submit documentation if there are any unusual circumstances of relevance.

Once you pass your degree

If you receive a permission to follow courses from a master’s programme, you are guaranteed a seat in the programme as soon as you finish your bachelor’s degree. Once you pass your last exam, you just have to contact the Examinations Office via SPOC. They will make sure to register you as fully admitted to the master’s programme.

 

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