Credit transfer during the study programme

Courses must be ‘passed’ in order to be transferred to the programme.

For BEng programmes, transferred courses must be at BEng level as a minimum, i.e. from an engineering college, a university college, or a university.

For BSc programmes, transferred courses must be at university level.

For MSc programmes, transferred courses must be at MSc level. As part of the MSc programme 10 ECTS credits may be on BSc level, though. BSc level courses always form part of the electives group. 

BEng and BSc students must as a minimum pass courses and projects at DTU corresponding to 90 ECTS credits (BEng Arctic Technology and Fisheries Technology: 105 ECTS credits and BEng Global Business Engineering: 120 ECTS credits) to receive a diploma for a full-time study programme at DTU. This rule does not, however, apply to pre-commencement credit transfer.

MSc students must as a minimum pass courses and projects at DTU corresponding to 60 ECTS credits to receive a diploma for a full-time study programme at DTU. This rule does not apply to pre-commencement credit transfer.

As a rule, courses that will make students exceed the prescribed ECTS credit total of the DTU study programme cannot be pre-approved or transferred. In some cases, however, the amount of ECTS credits transferred are not exactly the same as the size of the courses at DTU. In these cases, students may register for a final course of up to 5 ECTS credits – even if this means exceeding the prescribed ECTS credits total of the programme in question.

Choice of courses
As regards credit transfer to BSc and MSc programmes, a distinction is made between specific engineering courses and general engineering courses. Courses that do not have technical-scientific content, but fall within the learning objectives of the study programme, are categorized as general engineering courses. Students may earn the following number of ECTS credits within the general engineering course category:

  • 15 ECTS credits on the BSc programme
  • 10 ECTS credits on the MSc programme 

Language and culture courses can only be approved in connection with study abroad semesters and may not exceed 5 ECTS credits. Such courses are always transferred as BSc credits and are therefore included in the maximum of 10 ECTS credits at BSc level which MSc students are allowed to take as part of their programme. For BSc and MSc students, they are considered part of the general engineering courses as described above. For BEng students, they are considered part of the elective courses. Only language and culture courses related to the country in which the student is on the exchange can be transferred. English language courses cannot be transferred to the programme. Pre-commencement credit transfer for language and culture courses will not be granted. 

A final project from another Danish or foreign educational institution cannot be transferred to a study programme at DTU. Further rules regarding final projects (BEng project, BSc project and Master's thesis), including the possibility to prepare the project abroad, are stated in the programme specifications for the said programme. 

Pre-approval of credit transfer
Before taking a course/going abroad, students are obliged to apply for pre-approval of credit transfer for planned programme elements from another university or another institution of higher education in Denmark or abroad.

If the pre-approved courses, which the student is taking at the host university, change during the semester, the student must submit a new application for a pre-approval of credit transfer. Each application must include a complete list of courses taken at the host university.

By applying, students give their consent to DTU requesting the necessary information regarding the (pre-approved) credit transfer from the host institution if the students are unable to procure the documentation themselves.

The pre-approval of credit transfer is registered as a course registration and ensures that students are registered as studying actively during the semester in which they are not registered for courses at DTU due to study stays etc. elsewhere. 

Final credit transfer
All passed courses and ECTS credits must subsequently be transferred to the study programme. Therefore, students cannot apply for credit transfer for some of the passed courses or ECTS credits only. A credit transfer cannot be withdrawn once it has been granted.

In connection with credit transfer for completed programme elements from another educational institution, the grade ‘Pass’ will appear on the student’s DTU diploma.

Submission of applications
Applications for pre-approval of credit transfer and final credit transfer are submitted electronically via www.merit.dtu.dk. Other enquiries regarding credit transfer are sent to merit@adm.dtu.dk via the student email.

Applications must include the following:

  • Course description
  • Documentation of level
  • Documentation of workload
  • An official description of the grading scale, according to which the course is assessed
  • As regards final credit transfer, documentation of passed and failed courses. 

Decision-making authority
The exemption committee for the BSc and MSc programmes (CMDU) and the exemption committee for the BEng programmes (DMDU) have authorized the heads of studies and the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs (AUS) to make decisions in cases related to credit transfer. 

A decision on credit transfer is not valid until a written decision has been issued to the student by the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs (AUS) via www.merit.dtu.dk.

Students who have completed MSc courses on their BSc programme
MSc students who, as part of their qualifying exam, have passed a course corresponding to courses in either the general competence group or the technological specialization group for the MSc programme must take a different course that contributes to the overall learning outcomes of the programme in question. This also applies if the student otherwise has acquired academic knowledge and competences.

DTU courses
If the course belongs to the general competence group, students must choose a different course from the general competence group or the technological specialization group. In the latter case, students must contact the Study Administration at studadm@adm.dtu.dk.

If the course  belongs to the technological specialization group, students must choose a different course in the technological specialization group.

Non DTU courses
If it is not possible to choose a different course in line with the above rules or if the course is not from DTU, students must obtain approval from the head of studies to take a different course that supports the academic profile of the study programme. The head of studies contacts the Study Administration. When in doubt of the programme level of the course or the conversion of the credits from abroad to ECTS credits, the head of studies or the student are welcome to contact merit@adm.dtu.dk.  

http://www.studieinformation.dtu.dk/english/rules/credit-transfer-studying-abroad/credit-transfer-during-the-study-programme
23 SEPTEMBER 2019