Do you have any questions?

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning admission procedures, admission requirements etc.

What is a Verification form?

A verification form is a document where your secondary education school has verified how many hours you have had e.g. in English. The school must sign and stamp the document.

Why do I have to use a verification form?

You must verify the number of hours from your secondary education school. We must see if you live up to the minimum requirements regarding the number of hours.

How many verification forms do I have to use?

You must only upload 1 verification form – not 2. You can use either UCN’s verification form or an agent’s verification form.

How do I live up to the specific admission requirements?

There are specific admission requirements for each of the English-taught programmes. Please check out the programme which you are interested in.

If I do not live up to the minimum hours e.g. in mathematics, can I add hours from 2 subjects?

It is not allowed to add hours from 2 different subjects in order to live up to a specific admission requirement. For example, if the specific admission requirement is Mathematics Danish level B (250 hours), then you cannot add hours from mathematics and Business Economics in order to obtain the mandatory 250 hours.

When is the deadline for uploading the results from an English test?

15 March at 12:00 CET for the summer intake and 15 December at 12:00 CET for the winter intake. It is important that you upload before the application deadline as we will not accept any English test results after the deadline.

How long can I sit for the Oxford Online Placement Test?

You can only sit for maximum 60 minutes when taking this English test. We will not accept any tests where you have used more than 60 minutes.

What do I have to be aware of if I choose to take the Oxford Online Placement Test?

You must also live up to the minimum requirements of hours in English which is 210 hours during the last 3 years at the secondary education.

What do we mean by Optional documents?

It is very important that you have documentation regarding work experience (contract, payslip, letter of recommendation from your employer), studies/work abroad, hobbies, sport activities etc. and that these documents are attached your application.

Please note that all documents must be translated into English.

What is Selection criteria?

There are different selection criteria for each individual study programme. Please make sure that you are aware about these criteria. You will find them on the website under each programme.

Attaching relevant documentation according to our selection criteria will increase your chances of getting admitted.

The criteria can change from year to year, so it is important to check our website now and then in order to see if there have been any changes.

The master's degree rule: can I apply if I already have a master's degree?

With effect from the 2020 summer admission, the master’s degree rule has been reintroduced, and the rules on limitation of dual education have been waived.

According to the master's degree rule, applicants who have completed a master's degree can only be admitted to a new higher education degree programme if there are vacant places in that programme.

The master's degree rule applies to applicants who have completed a master's degree inside or outside Denmark.

Exemption from the master's degree rule

You can apply for exemption from the master's degree rule if special circumstances exist. If you wish to apply for exemption, you must write an application for exemption and enclose documentary evidence of special circumstances. Please upload both to your application for admission at www.optagelse.dk.

Assessment of applications for exemption from the master's degree rule

In each individual case, we make a specific assessment of whether special circumstances exist to justify exemption from the master's degree rule.

According to UCN practice, exemption can be granted to applicants who are able to prove by documentation that exceptional circumstances prevent them from using their prior master's degree in the labour market.

According to UCN practice, exemption can not be granted on the grounds of the following:

  • Labour market conditions, including that the applicant has a master's degree within a field that employs relatively few people.
  • Unemployment, including that recent graduates may find it hard to find employment, and including that the applicant did not use their master's degree in the labour market.
  • Motivation for studying again and a change of career prospects, including that the first choice of education proved not to be the right one, and including that the applicant expresses a great interest in the study programme applied for and having the right skills to completing the programme and subsequently holding a job within the field of that particular programme. 
  • Non work-related illness

Application deadline

The application deadline for applications that involve exemption from the master's degree rule is 15 March at 12 noon.

Standby: what does it mean, and can I apply for more than one programme at the same time?

Standby means that you are available. If you apply for a standby place, you must be prepared to accept an offer of an available study place within a defined period after study start on 1 September (summer) and week 6 (winter).

If you are admitted on a standby place, you cannot be admitted to a lower-ranking priority, which means that you cannot be enrolled on another programme that you also applied to. If you get a standby place, but are not offered study start this year, you will receive confirmation of admission next year. This means that you will be guaranteed admission next year. Please remember to submit a new admission application next year where you tick the box: ‘Yes’ in ‘Pre-approved admission’. If you are offered a place on the programme before the standby deadline expires, you must accept the place. If you do not accept, you will lose your pre-approval for admission next year.

You can only apply for a standby place if you are also applying for admission at the same time. That means that you cannot use the standby option to reserve a place on the programme for the following year.

If you have completed a master's degree programme, you cannot apply for a standby place, nor can you apply for being considered for an available standby place during clearing (late admissions).

If you have applied for a standby place and received pre-approval for admission next year, and if you complete a master's degree programme in the meantime, you will not be able to utilise your pre-approval unless it is for a programme that has available places remaining for clearing (late admissions).

You can learn more about standby at UG.dk.