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Second Degree Limitation

Limitation on starting a second degree

WHO IS AFFECTED BY THE LIMITATION ON STARTING A SECOND DEGREE?

As a general rule, this limitation means that if you have completed a full-time Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Denmark, you are not eligible to start a second government-funded degree at an equivalent or lower level.

The limitation applies to all study programmes under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science; however, all Danish government-funded higher education programmes are included in the assessment of whether an applicant already has completed a degree awarding equivalent or higher qualifications.

As a general rule, anyone having completed a higher education programme in Denmark (regardless of the subject area) has limited opportunity to start a new higher education programme under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. As a general rule, this means that:

  • If you hold a Professional Bachelor’s degree, an academic Bachelor’s degree or any other medium-length higher education, you cannot be admitted to a new study programme at Bachelor level or Professional Bachelor level.
  • If you hold a Master’s degree, you cannot be admitted to a business academy programme, another Bachelor’s programme (regardless of the subject area) another Professional Bachelor level or another Master’s programme.

The basis for assessing whether an applicant already has qualifications at an equivalent or higher level and therefore has limited opportunity for admission on another higher education programme is the Qualifications Framework for Danish Higher Education in force at the time of graduation.

Exemptions and exceptions

THE UNIVERSITY WILL MAKE AN EXEMPTION, IF AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS IS MET:

  • If an applicant is unable to use their degree in the labour market on health grounds. Such a decision will be made on the basis of a medical certificate from your doctor concerning both any physical and mental disabilities or as part of employment rehabilitation etc.
  • If your degree was completed at least six years before you plan to start your second degree.  
  • If your degree has been significantly altered or has been discontinued.

You must upload your exemption application to your application at www.optagelse.dk (for Bachelor's programmes) or the application system (for Master's programmes - at this time you must use Firefox or Internet Explorer). Decisions are made by Aalborg University on an individual basis. If you are granted an exemption, your application for admission will be assessed on par with other applications for that particular programme.

We advise that you apply for exemption before 15 March.

If you apply for admission to a study programme included in the Ministry’s positive list, you will not be affected by the rules on the limitation on second degrees.

AAU STUDY PROGRAMMES EXCLUDED FROM THE RULE:

Bachelor’s programmes and Master’s programmes:

Datalogi (Bachelor’s programme) 
Datalogi (Master’s programme)
Landinspektørvidenskab (Bachelor’s programme)
Surveying, planning and land management - cand.geom (Master's programme)
Surveying, planning and land management - cand.tech (Master's programme)
Matematik (Bachelor’s programme)
Matematik (Master’s programme)
Matematik-økonomi (Bachelor’s programme)
Matematik-økonomi (Master’s programme) 

Software (Bachelor’s programme)
Software (Master’s programme)

Master’s programmes

Revision 

The national positive list is available via this link (in Danish).

Educational paths which are not affected by the rule

The limitation on starting a second degree will not affect general educational paths and the opportunity for gaining admission to a study programme on a higher level. This means that

  • Business academy graduates may study for a Professional Bachelor’s degree through a so-called top-up programme or they may be admitted to a professional Bachelor’s programme at entry level. This also means that business academy graduates may be admitted to a Master’s programme after having completed a professional Bachelor’s degree.
  • Those holding a professional Bachelor’s degree may be admitted to a Master’s programme if they hold a qualifying professional Bachelor’s degree or if they can meet the supplementary requirements of the Master’s degree programme.
  • Those holding an academic Bachelor’s degree may be admitted to a Master’s programme.

Moreover, the opportunities currently available for admission to part-time study programmes and continuing and further education are still available to those holding an academic Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree.

Higher education programmes under the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture are not affected by the limitation.

Vocational training is not affected by the limitation; thus, those having completed vocational training may be admitted to a higher education programme and those having completed a higher education programme may be admitted to a vocational training programme.

You can find more information in the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (in Danish).

FAQ

DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR EXEMPTION BEFORE APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO A STUDY PROGRAMME INCLUDED IN THE POSITIVE LIST?

No, you may use the same application procedure as everyone else applying for admission to the study programme. However, you must meet the admission requirements.

IS A PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR’S DEGREE EQUIVALENT TO A BACHELOR’S DEGREE?

Yes, a Professional Bachelor’s degree is ranked on par with an academic Bachelor’s degree, and those holding professional Bachelor’s degrees are therefore also affected by the limitation on starting a second degree at Bachelor level.

IS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE COMPLETED ABROAD INCLUDED?

No, only study programmes completed in Denmark are included.

I AM CURRENTLY STUDYING FOR MY SECOND DEGREE at AAU, WILL I BE AUTOMATICALLY WITHDRAWN?

No, you will not be withdrawn, and you still have legal claim of admission to your Master’s programme. Please find more information about legal claim here.

IN 2016, I WAS GRANTED PRE-APPROVAL, WILL MY PRE-APPROVAL BE ANNULLED?

No, your pre-approved admission to a Bachelor’s programme in 2017 is still valid. Remember to apply for admission again.