Registration for Master's courses without a completed Bachelor

 As a Bachelor’s student at SDU, you can apply for permission to take up to 30 ECTS of Master’s level courses in addition to the courses from your Bachelor’s programme. You can be granted the permission if you have the necessary academic qualifications. The progression of your Bachelor’s programme is crucial to the outcome of your application.

Check to see whether you fulfil the conditions

By choosing your faculty below you can see which conditions you generally must fulfil to be permitted to take Master’s level courses. Please acquaint yourself with the rules before you apply for the permission since you must indicate in your application whether you fulfil the conditions or not. If not, you must state the reason why you are delayed in your Bachelor’s programme, and why you wish to take Master’s level courses now. Please remember to submit proof of any unusual circumstances.

Humanities
  • You must have passed all the courses from the first and second year of the programme as well as your Bachelor’s project
  • No more than 15 ECTS can be left of your programme
  • You must have passed any propaedeutic language courses included in your programme

You cannot have any lacking propaedeutic language courses, if your programme contains those.

Special rules for MA in International Business Communication and MSc in Business, Language and Culture (Sønderborg)

  • In these programmes, you are only allowed to have 5 ECTS left of your Bachelor’s programme.
Faculty of Science
  • No more than 30 ECTS can be left of your Bachelor’s programme.

NB: The MSc in Pharmacy programme is offered by the Faculty of Health – Please see the conditions under “Faculty of Health”

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
  • You must have passed at least 150 ECTS of your Bachelor’s programme
  • You must have passed all courses from the 1st through 4th semester*

*) If you are applying to take courses as part of the MSc in Economics and Business Administration, courses in Corporate Finance and Micro Economics must be passed, no matter where the courses are located in your Bachelor’s programme.

Faculty of Health

Psychology

You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme as well as B09 from the 3rd year.

MSc in Sports and Health

You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme.

MSc in Clinical biomechanics - the chiropractic programme

  • You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme as well as the courses “B9” (10 ECTS) and “B11” (2 ECTS)
  • You can only register for Master’s level courses if you are also registered for the Bachelor’s level courses you are lacking.
  • You must have drawn up a plan for your studies in cooperation with the student advisors and attach it to your application.

MSc in Public Health

You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme along with the 5th semester course “Videregående biostatistik”.

MSc in Medicine

  • You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme
  • You cannot have more than 30 ECTS left of the 3rd year of the Bachelor’s programme

If you do not fulfill the conditions above, you will not be able take Master’s level courses – no matter the reason why your progression in the Bachelor’s programme is delayed.

MSc in Pharmacy

  • You must have passed the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor’s programme
  • You cannot have more than 30 ECTS left of the 3rd year of the Bachelor’s programme

A side from the conditions above, there are courses from the Master’s programme that you can only register for if you have passed certain courses from the Bachelor’s programme.

Courses from the Master's programme

 Conditions

Clinical Pharmacology A, B, C   You can only take these courses if you have passed:

- SU 516
- SU 517
- SU 518

And followed the instructions of
- SU 519
Drug transport and drug delivery
You can only register for this course if you have passed:

- FA 502
- FA 503
- FA 504 
Electives There might be specific conditions for some electives. These conditions will be noted in the course description for the specific course 
Faculty of Engineering
  • You must have passed all courses from 1st through 4th semester of your programme in standard time (two years)
  • You must attach a plan for your future course of studies. The plan must illustrate when you plan to complete your Bachelor's degree as well as your Master's degree

Only under special circumstances will you be granted a permission to follow Master's courses without fulfilling these criteria.

If you are granted permission to follow Master's courses, the following conidtions apply:

  • You can register for a maximum of 30 ECTS pr. semester - including Master's- as well as Bachelor's cousres
  • You must register for any remaining Bachelor's courses as soon as these are offered (Bachelor's thesis is offered every semester).

How to proceed?

To take Master’ level courses while you are completing your Bachelor’s degree, you must do two things:

  1. You must send an application for admission to the Master’s programme
  2. You must also send a separate application for permission to take Master’s level courses before the completion of your Bachelor’s degree. In the application you must indicate whether you meet the conditions listed above. You must send the application form through SPOC.

The application deadlines for taking both steps are March 1 (September intakes) and October 15 (February intakes). However, you can forward the separate application regarding course registration in the period up to and just after study start - as long as you've applied for admission to the Master's.

You should not complete step 2 until you know for sure that you will not complete your Bachelor’s degree before the start of the Master’s programme.

What happens to my SU?

Even though you are given permission to register for Master’s level courses, you will still be registered as a Bachelor’s student. That means that you can only use the SU-portions for your Bachelor’s degree. You cannot apply for the SU-portions related to your Master’s degree until you have completed your entire Bachelor’s degree.

How will I receive an answer to my application?

We will send the answer to you as an answer to your application for admission to the Master’s programme. That means that you will receive a message through the Application Portal DANS. To log in to see the message you must use the same log-in method you used when you applied for admission to the Master’s programme.

Who decides if I can follow Master’s level courses?

The Admissions office handles the initial processing of your application. If you do not fulfill the conditions for the permission, the Study Board of your programme will be asked to make an individual assessment to determine if it is academically prudent for you to be given a permission.

If you need guidance about the permission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Must I take 30 ECTS?

You do not need to take a full 30 ECTS – it is only the maximum amount!

You can spread the 30 ECTS out over several semesters if it will take you more than a semester to complete your Bachelor’s degree. You can also choose to take less than the 30 ECTS before completing the Bachelor's.

Your course registration is binding

It is your choice how many Master's courses you register for, but once you have registered for them you are bound by the registration. That means that your registration can only be cancelled during the semester if unusual circumstances prevent you from continuing.

If you've already registered for Master's courses

Perhaps you have already registered for Master's courses only to find that you will not be completing your Bachelor’s degree in time. If you want to change your course registrations for the Master's, you must contact Registration and Legality through SPOC as soon as possible after you are given the permission to follow Master's coruses.

Can I take more than 30 ECTS?

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take more than 30 ECTS until you have completed your Bachelor’s degree – even if an entire academic year passes before you can complete your degree.

That is why it is very important that you consider how many - and which - Master’s level courses you want to take. It is a good idea to talk to a student counsellor about an individual plan of study.

What happens once I've completed my Bachelor’s?

Once you have completed your Bachelor’s degree, you simply have to contact Registration and Legality to be fully enrolled in the Master’s programme.

So, you do not have to apply for admission to the Master’s programme again.

 
Apply between July 1 and September 15

... if your Master's begins in September

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Apply between July 1 and October 15

... if your Master's begins in February

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