questions about the application procedure?
We have gathered some of the frequently asked questions about the application procedure.
Aalborg University does not carry out pre-assessments of your bachelor degree in order to determine if you are eligible for admission or not. Instead you must apply for admission and wait for an answer to your application. Please remember to prioritize your applications in the Application Portal.
Admission to a Master’s programme – whether it is taught in English or Danish – requires:
Before a certain deadline you must meet these requirements.
Please note that the majority of our programmes have restricted admission due to a limited number of places available. Consequently, meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of enrolment.
Please note that applicants with a professional bachelor degree cannot be offered admission to our cand.polyt Master's programmes (bachelor of engineering exempted) cf. Ministerial order no. 153 of 26 February 2020, appendix 2, 3.2.
Each programme states its admission requirements in the academic regulations as well as at the programme specific website.
Restricted admission means that there might be fewer study places than qualified applicants. Thus meeting the admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee an offer of enrolment. If a programme has open admission all qualified applications are offered admission.
Facts regarding the number of places available, the selection criteria and open or restricted admission are outlined in the text box ‘Application and Requirements’ on the programme specific website.
All applicants without a legal claim to a Master's programmes offered in English at Aalborg University must prove that their English level is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in average or level A (Danish level) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in average.
Please note! When applying you must upload an official passed test score report or a receipt from the test centers confirming, you have signed up for a test.
We do not accept IELTS and TOEFL tests that are more than 2 years old at the time of the application deadline. We do not accept the “TOEFL MyBest Scores”.
If you hold a Bachelor’s degree from a Danish educational institution, and you took one of the mentioned tests less than two years before your bachelor admission with a score that meets our minimum requirements, it may be possible for you to be exempted from taking a new English test even if your test certificate is more than 2 years old. Please send us an email explaining your situation to hear more.
You can prove your language proficiency by uploading one of the following tests. The scores must be minimum:
IELTS (academic test + special online home test): 6.5 overall band score
TOEFL (internet-based + TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition): 85
C2 Proficiency (CPE): 180/ level C1
C1 Advanced (CAE): 180/ grade C
ECPE: Passed test including certificate
Please note that Aalborg University will verify all tests at the specific test center.
You can also upload one of the following:
Please note that a Bachelor's degree taught in English from a Danish institution does not exempt you from meeting the language requirements due to new guidelines from The Ministry of Higher education and Science.
If you are applying for admission to a Danish taught Master’s programme and your qualifying exam was not taught in Danish, you will need to pass the Danish proficiency test ‘Studieprøven i dansk’ or an equivalent test prior to the commencement of studies.
A legal claim means that you have the right to be admitted to the Master's programme, which constitutes the natural extension of the subject area of your Bachelor’s degree. The legal claim applies to the Master’s programme on the University in which you took your Bachelor’s degree. In the curriculum for each Master’s programme, you can see which Bachelor’s programmes that gives you a legal claim for the Master’s programme. Please note that the legal claim only is valid on the campus, where your Bachelor’s degree is passed.
So far, the legal claim for admission has been valid only in immediate continuation of the completion of your Bachelor’s degree at Aalborg University.
As of 1 July 2019, the legal claim is extended to be valid for three years.
Those three years of legal claim is calculated from the first-coming summer intake, after you have passed your Bachelor’s degree, and ends after the summer intake three years after. In other words, if you hold a legal claim to a Master’s programme, you have, including your year of dimension, the possibility to apply for admission to the Master’s programme, to which you have a legal claim, at four intakes (the year of dimension and the three following intakes during the summer).
The legal claim can only be used one time. The legal claim is used, when you have applied for admission and accepted the offered study place on the Master’s programme to which you have a legal claim. If you have not accepted the offered study place, the legal claim is not considered used, and thereby you continue to have a legal claim, if the three years has not passed.
The legal claim is first used when you have accepted the offered study place. The minute you accept the offered study places at a Master’s programme, to which you have a legal claim, the legal claim is considered used, and consequently it will not be possible to use the legal claim for a later intake.
Please note that the legal claim only is valid, when you apply for admission within the given application deadline
The legal claim for admission to a Master’s programme is limited to the Master’s programme offered at the campus on which you have completed your Bachelor's programme.
Please note that in order to maintain your legal claim for admission, you must accept the offer of admission in time. The deadline for accepting an offered place will appear from your admission letter.
If your legal claim gives admission to an entry-restricted programme, you have to be particular alert to use your legal claim, since you in the period with a legal claim is assured a study place on the Master’s programme to which you have legal claim. Not until all applicants with a legal claim has been offered a study place, other qualified applicants are offered the remaining study places.
Please note that the legal claim for admission applies to the study programme related to your bachelor programme and only to the entire study programme, not to a specific track or specialisation of the programme.
As a general rule, admission to a Master’s programme requires that you have completed your Bachelor's studies. However, if you still need to pass minor parts of your Bachelor's programme at AAU, your study board may grant you exemption from this rule. You must apply for an exemption; and your study board will then assess whether you would be able to pass your Bachelor’s programme or not while attending courses at your Master's programme.
However, while still being enrolled in and in the process of completing a Bachelor's programme, you must not attend courses and exams exceeding 30 ECTS points at a Master's programme. Thus, you cannot register for courses exceeding 30 ECTS until you have completed your Bachelor's studies.
Please note that this exemption may only be granted to current students at AAU and is pursuant to Danish legislation.
Please apply for the exemption simultaneously with your application for admission. In case your delay does not become apparent to you until after the application deadline, please send the application for exemption as soon as possible and no later than 25 August. This deadline also applies if the result of a re-examination in August is not known by 25 August. Apply for exemption by filling out the application form available at this webpage and send it to the Admissions Office.
If you have not passed all examinations of your Bachelor’s programme and have used up the 3 examination attempts, you must apply for exemption in order to have an additional examination attempt. You must send your application for exemption to your study board.
As a general rule, only courses that form part of your Bachelor’s degree will be taken into consideration in the assessment of your basis for admission to a Master’s programme.
Only two particular cases allow for supplementary courses (max 30 ECTS) to be taken into account:
Supplementary courses have been completed before the completion of your Bachelor’s degree. The supplementary courses should be selected courses from a Bachelor's programme offered as part-time studies. Please upload documentation of the completion of such courses when you apply for admission to the Master’s programme.
Supplementary courses are completed after you have been granted conditional admission to a Master’s programme at AAU. Aalborg University is responsible for outlining which supplementary courses you may attend. The courses take place during the summer or during the first year of your Master’s programme. The supplementary courses will be selected courses from a Bachelor's programme. The courses will be offered as part-time studies.The courses must be passed within the deadline stipulated in the letter of conditional admission; if you do not pass the courses within the prescribed deadline, you cannot enrol in the Master’s programme/continue the Master's programme.
Each study board may decide whether supplementary courses are accepted in order to meet the admission requirements for the study programme in question. Facts on supplementary courses are described in the text box ‘Application and Requirements’ at the website of each programme.
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