Credit Students

You can apply to be a credit student and take single courses or do projects at SCIENCE if you are currently enrolled as:

  • a full degree student at one of the other faculties at the University of Copenhagen
  • a full degree student at another Danish educational institution
  • a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen or another Danish educational institution who wants to follow master's courses at SCIENCE.

Attending a course as a credit student is free of charge.


When applying as a credit student at a faculty at UCPH, you must make sure that you meet the general admission requirements for credit students and the specific admission requirements for the courses you want to register for.

General admission requirements for credit students

If you want to take courses at bachelor level, you must meet the admission requirements for the degree programme offering the courses. See admission requirements for the individual bachelor’s degree programmes at UCPH (only in Danish). Choose the degree programme offering the course and click on ‘Admission requirements and admission’. Grade requirements do not apply to credit students.

If you want to take courses at master’s level, the only general requirement is that you have completed a bachelor’s degree programme.

Specific admission requirements for credit students

When you register for a course as a credit student, there may be course-specific admission requirements you must meet in order to register. If such course-specific requirements are specified, you will find them in the course description under 'Formal requirements'. 

In addition to the formal requirements, it is important that you check the course description for any academic expectations that may be specified in order for you to actively participate in and complete the course. If such academic expectations are specified, you will find them under ‘Recommended academic qualifications’.

If the course description does not have sections titled 'Formal requirements' or 'Recommended academic qualifications', it means that no particular requirements are specified for the course.

You can find course descriptions in the course catalogue.

If you do not meet the admission requirements

You can get a dispensation from the admission requirements, if you are deemed to have the necessary academic prerequisites to participate in the course you have applied for. You apply for a dispensation by sending - alongside your application - a description of how you believe you have the necessary prerequisites and any documentation you might have for this.



You may apply as a credit student for all courses at SCIENCE, but you are not guaranteed access to any courses.

See the courses offered at SCIENCE on From 1 May you will find the offered courses for the coming academic year.

If you need help in choosing courses, please contact a study and career guidance counsellor at SCIENCE Student Services.

When does teaching take place? Schedule groups and block structure

The classes take place during normal working hours together with the ordinary students.

All courses at SCIENCE are organised in accordance with our block structure, which divides the academic year into 4 nine-week blocks. Blocks 1 and 2 take place in the autumn semester and blocks 3 and 4 take place in the spring semester. Courses usually last one block only.

The course description will state which block and schedule group a course is offered in.

See the current academic calendar

​​Classes are in most instances held in one schedule group.

The schedule groups are organised according to this model:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
From 08:00-
to 10:00






From 10:00-
to 12:00
From 12:00-
to 13:00
From 13:00-
to 15:00




From 15:00-
to 17:00
From 17:00-
to 18:00

You are not under any obligation to attend the lectures for a course, but for some courses, you need to meet certain requirements in order to be able to take the exam. If there are requirements for taking the exam, it will be specified in the course description.



To be enrolled as a credit student, the course(s) you want to register for must have vacant places.

Some courses have a limited number of places, while others offer a better chance of getting a place.

As a credit student, you will be allocated any available place after the allocation of places to the course’s primary target group (for example, students for whom the course is compulsory).

When you apply for a course with vacant places, the places for credit students will be allocated by lot if the number of applicants exceeds the number of vacancies. This means that the time of application has no impact on your chances of getting a place on the course.

Courses with no capacity restrictions

If there are “no restrictions” on the course capacity stated in the course description, this might change. The number of places may be reduced after we have handled the course registrations from our ordinary students and set the number of students in every class. When this is done, we admit credit students to courses with vacant places.

You will always get the opportunity to apply for another course if your application is rejected due to no vacant places.



As a credit student at SCIENCE, you can do the following projects:

  • Projects outside course scope (7.5 or 15 ECTS credits)
  • Project in practice (15 or 30 ECTS credits)
  • Bachelor project (15 ECTS credits)
  • Thesis (30, 45 or 60 ECTS credits)
  • Thesis preparation project (7,5 or 15 ECTS credits)

Which projects and which size/ECTS-credits load you may actually do, is determined by your home institution through your pre-approval.

If you want to do a project at SCIENCE, you are responsible for finding a supervisor at SCIENCE. For each department, you can find lists of staff and their fields of research.

See the list of departments at SCIENCE

You can read a description of the project types and who may be supervisors in the shared section of the curriculum appendix 1 - 5. You will not find information about the projects in the course catalogue.

When you do a project at SCIENCE, you must draw up one of the following contracts:

When you have completed the contract, you must send it to your e-mail and get the required signatures. As a credit student your contract does not have to be signed by a head of studies (even though it is staed in the various contracts).



Get a pre-approval

In order to be registered as a credit student at UCPH, you need to have a pre-approval document from your current educational institution. Attach your pre-approval in the form when you apply for admission.

If you are a PhD student from outside of SCIENCE, an approved PhD plan including the course can act as pre-approval. PhD students from SCIENCE who wish to take master's level courses at SCIENCE do not need to send either a pre-approval or an approved PhD plan.

Fill in the form and apply for admission

To apply for courses as a credit student, fill out and submit 1 of the 2 forms below. The first form is for if you are currently an active UCPH student, and the second form is for if you are a student at another Danish university - or a PhD student at SCIENCE.

Please submit 1 form per faculty to which you wish to apply, so if you only wish to apply for courses or projects at SCIENCE, you only need to submit 1 form.

If you are applying for courses at master’s degree level, you must upload documentation that you have completed a bachelor’s degree. Upload the documentation in the application form under 'Upload other relevant documentation'.

It is only possible to apply for admission once the courses have been published. You can apply for courses for 2 blocks at a time i.e., block 1+2 and block 3+4. You can register for maximum 15 ECTS-credits per block.

Application deadlines

If you are a PhD student, you can apply at any time. There are no application deadlines for you.

Application period Latest reply to application
Block 5 + 1 + 2 1 April - 1 June Block 5: 30 June
Block 1 + 2: 15 July
Block 3 + 4 + 5 1 October - 1 December 15 January

If you are not admitted to the course you applied for because of too many applicants, you will be offered to apply for another course. If you choose to apply for another course, your own educational institution will need to pre-approve this course too.

If you apply after the deadline, you may apply for a dispensation

If exceptional circumstances prevent you from applying within the deadline, you can apply for a dispensation. You can apply for a dispensation by writing: 'I am applying for a dispensation from the application deadline' in the comments field of the application form. Here, you must also describe your reasoning. If your dispensation is approved, you will receive an answer about admission.



In order to be registered as a credit student at UCPH, you need to have a pre-approval document from your current educational institution. The pre-approval is a confirmation that the courses for which you are applying will be able to be transferred as credit to the primary programme you are studying. If you are a PhD student from outside of SCIENCE, an approved PhD plan including the course can act as pre-approval. 

If necessary, the student counselling office affiliated to your study programme can advise you about this process.

If you do not have enough time to receive the pre-approval before the application deadline:

  • UCPH students don't need to send the pre-approval to us. We will check with your own faculty if they have pre-approved the course.
  • Students at other universities must send the pre-approval to us through this form:

The deadline for submitting your pre-approval is:

Courses and projects in Deadline for submitting pre-approval
Block 1 + 2 15 August
Block 3 + 4 15 January
Block 5 1 July

If we have not received your pre-approval by the deadline, you will be removed from the course(s) for which the pre-approval was required.

If you want to do a project

To do a project as a credit student you must – besides the pre-approval – upload your project contract in the application form when you apply for admission.

If you do not have the project contract ready, you can send it to by the same deadline as for the pre-approval.



You are automatically registered for first exams in the courses you are registered for.

How to register for the re-exam

If you want to take the re-exam in a course, you register by sending an email to You must send the email during the registration period. You can see the registration period in the study calendar.

How to apply for special exam conditions

If you have been granted special exam conditions at your own faculty/university, you must send a copy of the decision to no later than 6 weeks before your exam. You will receive the same special exam conditions, if it is practically possible.

If you fall ill for an exam

If you fall ill for your exam, you must document that you are ill on the day of your exam. When you have the documentation in hand, send your notification of illness including the documentation to

If you fall ill during your course, you can contact SCIENCE Student Services to get guidance on your options.


On KUnet, it is possible to check your exam results and print them. It takes 4 weeks from holding the exam until the result is shown in your Self Service on KUnet.

To have credits transferred, you will need a certified print of your results. You can get this by ordering it at SCIENCE Student Services, and the certificate will be sent to you within a week.

If you are a student at another faculty at UCPH you must contact the student guidance service affiliated to your study programme to ensure that your credit transfer is subsequently registered as part of your course of study.


If you have any questions

If you have any questions about admission as a credit student, you are very welcome to contact a study and career guidance counsellor in SCIENCE Student Services.