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Supplementary Bachelor's courses

As a consequence of the study progress reform, the rules on supplementary Bachelor’s courses have been changed.  The government’s policy is that as a general rule, degree programmes must be organised so as to minimise the need for supplementary courses, but without compromising their academic level. Supplementary courses should therefore be seen as an exception to the normal course of studies. The new ministerial orders which regulate students’ access to supplementary courses have been adopted. How the new rules will be implemented at Aarhus University has also been decided. 

  • Where supplementary courses are permitted, (professional) Bachelor’s degrees may be supplemented with a maximum of 30 ECTS credits in supplementary courses.
  • Supplementary course(s) of a maximum of 30 ECTS credits which are passed before or in the same semester as the completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme may be included in the assessment of the applicant’s basis for admission to a Master’s degree programme.
  • Tuition fees will be charged for supplementary courses. Cases in which the applicant has acquired the necessary competencies as passed components of the standard degree programme are an exception to this.
  • The rules on supplementary courses do not apply to applicants with medium-cycle higher education degrees (MVU), as these applicants must take supplementary courses in order to acquire competencies equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in any case.

Supplementary courses after graduation from a (professional) Bachelor’s degree in exceptional cases

Taking supplementary courses between Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, in other words after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree, is only possible in case of Master’s degree programmes with unrestricted admission. In such cases, the following rules apply:

  • Supplementary courses may only be included in the evaluation of an applicant’s basis for admission if the university gives the applicant a guarantee of admission to the Master’s degree programme in question before the supplementary courses are taken.
  • For students who have already acquired relevant competencies through passed supplementary courses or passed elements of a standard degree programme, there is a possibility of substituting the recommended supplementary courses with the already completed courses. Such substitution courses will not constitute part of the Master’s degree programme, but rather will count towards fulfilment of the admissions requirements. In these cases, a maximum of 30 ECTS credits of supplementary courses may be taken.