Academic Calendar – University of Copenhagen

Academic Calendar

The block structure

All courses at the Faculty of Science are organised in accordance with our block structure, which divides the academic year (60 ECTS credits) into four nine-week blocks. Blocks 1 and 2 take place in the autumn semester while blocks 3 and 4 take place in the spring semester. Courses normally last for one block only.

See the academic calendar here:

Blocks are parted by a teachingfree week where you do not have any courses or exams. The teachingfree weeks during the academic calendar are also used for re-exams.

In each block, you normally attend one or two courses. The duration of the course is typically 7 weeks, which are followd by 2 'exam weeks'. Some courses have continuously assesment. This means that the duration of the course is 9 weeks with no final 'regular' exam.

ECTS credits

As most other European universities, the Faculty of Science uses the ECTS credit system.

ECTS credits are numerical values allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them in the form of lectures, practical work, seminars, individual work and examinations or other assessment activities. 

In the ECTS system, 60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a full academic year of study. To be studying full time and thereby follow the expected period of study, you should complete courses equivalent to 15 ECTS credits per block. 

Credits are awarded only when all required examinations have been passed. You will find the credit value for individual courses in the course description

Courses and other types of teaching

At the Faculty of Science, all courses equivalate 7.5 or 15 ECTS credits depending on whether they fill half a block or a whole block. This means that you should attend one or two courses per block.

As a student at the Faculty of Science, you will experience many different types of teaching during your study. Each programme consists of a mix of traditional course work and lectures including presentations and exercises, combined with lab- and fieldword as well as project work.

When does teaching take place? Block and Timetable groups

The course description will state which block and timetable group the individual course is offered in.

Teaching for our courses will take place in a given timetable group or possibly a sub group. Please note that if your course is in timetable group A, this means that the teaching will take place in both sub groups A 1 and A 2.

The sub groups, and thereby the timetable groups, are organised according to the following model:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:00-10:00  B 1 A 1 C 1 A 1 B 1
10:00-12:00 A 2 B 2
Lunch Break
13:00-15:00 C 1 B 2 C 2 A 2 D
15:00-17:00 C 2