Change of study programme and field of study

Change of study programme and field of study on the B Eng and BSc Eng programmes

If a student wishes to change study programme or field of study, and the student has passed 60 ECTS credits or more from a higher education programme, DTU has to assess if the student can change study programme or field of study. This also applies if the student wishes to change from a technical or natural science programme at another university to a programme at DTU.

If DTU assesses that the student can change study programme or field of study, the student will be enrolled in the second year of study or later, bypassing quotas 1 and 2.

If the student cannot change study programme or field of study, it will be assessed whether the student can be admitted to the study programme via the ordinary admission system (quotas 1 and 2). Application deadlines are found at DTU.dk under ‘Admission to BSc and BEng programmes’.

What is a change of field of study
A change of field of study means that a student changes field of study within the same study programme, i.e. from one BEng field of study to another BEng field of study or from a BSc field of study to another BSc field of study.

What is a change of study programme

  • Internal change of study programme at DTU from a BSc programme to a BEng programme or vice versa
  • External change of study programme from a study programme at another university to a BSc programme or a BEng programme at DTU
  • A change of study programme where the applicant has passed 60 ECTS credits on the basis of courses passed both at DTU and at another university

Regardless of whether the student wants to apply for a change of study programme or field of study, they must follow the same procedure and comply with the same deadlines.

Application and application deadlines for change of study programme and field of study

Study start on 1 September
Please note that applicants who have passed 60 ECTS credits or more from a technical or natural science higher education programme must apply for a change of study programme or field of study no later than 1 May. If this deadline is not met, the applicant will neither be entitled to change field of study nor to be assessed in quotas 1 and 2.

If the applicant’s upper secondary exam only qualifies for quota 2, or if the applicant wishes to be assessed in quota 2, the deadline is 15 March at 12:00.

Applicants who apply for a change of study programme or field of study must comply with the same application deadlines as other applicants for DTU’s BSc and BEng programmes. Application deadlines are found at DTU.dk under ‘Application and admission / Deadlines and dates’[HGM2] 

Applications for change of study programme and field of study must be submitted via www.optagelse.dk. Applicants have a duty to state that they are already enrolled in a study programme at DTU.

Study start on 1 February
Please note that applicants who have passed 60 ECTS credits or more from a technical or natural science higher education programme must apply for a change of study programme or field of study no later than 1 November. If this deadline is not met, the applicant will neither be entitled to change study programme or field of study nor to be assessed in quotas 1 and 2.

If the applicant’s upper secondary exam only qualifies for quota 2, or if the applicant wishes to be assessed in quota 2, the deadline is 15 October at 12:00.

Applicants who apply for a change of study programme or field of study must comply with the same application deadlines as other applicants for DTU’s BSc and BEng programmes. Application deadlines are found at DTU.dk under ‘Application and admission / Deadlines and dates’.

A change of study programme or field of study is applied for via an application form, which is available during the application period at  DTU’s website under ‘Special information about winter admissions’. Applicants have a duty to state that they are already enrolled on a study programme at DTU.

Processing of the application
For an applicant to change field of study the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must meet the applicable admission requirements for the desired study programme
  • The applicant must not have completed a higher education programme at the same or higher level within the past six years (see the Danish Act on Barring of Second Degrees (Lov om begrænsning af dobbeltuddannelse).
  • The applicant must have passed courses corresponding to the first year of study of the desired study programme by the application deadline (1 May/1 November).

    On a BEng programme, the first year of study has been passed if, as a minimum, the first and second semesters of the study programme in question have been passed.

    On a BSc programme, the first year of study has been passed if, as a minimum, 60 ECTS credits from the three mandatory blocks of courses (basic natural science courses, technological specialization courses, and projects and professional skills courses) have been passed.

     
  • There must be vacant places at the level of study applied for and on the desired study programme. If the number of students applying for a change of field of study exceeds the number of vacant student places, study places will be distributed in a decreasing order of grade point average from the qualifying high school exam.

The 60 ECTS credits - equivalent to the first year of study on the desired study programme - will be transferred to the new study programme upon admission. In addition, DTU’s rules on pre-commencement credit transfer apply.

Please note that the assessment only includes courses which have been passed by the application deadline (1 May/1 November).

As a general rule, courses/programme elements which have been passed more than five years prior to the admission to DTU are not included in the assessment of a change of field of study. However, in special cases the relevant Head of Studies may grant an exemption from this rule on the basis of a specific academic assessment. Whether an exemption may be granted is assessed by the Head of Studies in connection with the general processing of the application for a change of field of study. Courses that have exceeded the five-year limitation period will only be included in the assessment of a change of study programme or field of study if the student so wishes.

Consequences of changes of study programme and field of study for BEng and BSc students

Deadlines for change of study programme and field of study

  • The first-year exam has been passed when the student has passed 30 ECTS credits corresponding to the first year of study in the new field of study/on the new study programme.
  • The study activity requirement is 45 ECTS credits per year of study. The year of study is calculated from the date of the change of field of study/study programme. The number of transferred ECTS credits will not be deducted from the study activity requirement.
  • The maximum period of study is the prescribed period of study + one year from study start in the new field of study/on the new study programme; however, reduced by one semester for every 30 ECTS credits transferred for the student to the new field of study/study programme.

Note that special deadlines and exam attempts apply to students who have passed ECTS credits which are not equivalent to the first year of study
As this is a new ordinary admission (quotas 1 and 2), DTU’s rules on pre-commencement credit transfer apply.

Note that special deadlines apply to students who have changed field of study before 2017
For students who have changed field of study before the winter admission 2017, the original admission date will apply to the calculation of deadlines for the study programme—for example regarding the maximum period of study, unless this puts them at a disadvantage compared to students who have changed their field of study at a later time. In that case, the general rules for change of study programme and field of study apply.

Courses and exam attempts
Exam attempts on failed courses in the previous field of study will only be transferred if such courses are mandatory in the new field of study or overlap with a course in the new field of study. Failed electives which can only be transferred as electives will not be transferred unless the student wishes to take these courses as part of the new field of study.

If students are admitted through a change of study programme/field of study, they will be granted a new exam attempt on the failed courses on which all attempts have been used.

Students who change study programme/field of study must also themselves register for the courses they wish to take on the new study programme/in the new field of study.

http://www.studieinformation.dtu.dk/english/rules/leave-change-of-study-programme/change-of-study-programme-and-field-of-study
23 SEPTEMBER 2019