BSc and MSc Courses – University of Copenhagen

BSc and MSc Courses (single subject)

If you wish to update or upgrade your qualitications, you can take BSc and MSc courses at the Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) as single subjects.

The courses are offered in accordance with the rules governing part-time education. This means that anybody can apply to attend the courses subject to fulfilling the admission requirements and subject to availability, and providing you pay the tuition fees.


Courses Til toppen

You can find information about the courses offered by the Faculty of Science in the course catalogue:

You may apply for for any course at SCIENCE, but you can only be admitted to courses that as long as there are places available and you meet the admission requirements. Thus, you cannot complete an individual project as a single subject, including BSc project or a thesis.

Guide: How to find courses

Guide: How to read a course description

The teaching takes place in normal working hours together with the ordinary students.

You can be enrolled on individual courses or limited parts of the study programme that correspond to max. half of the programme’s ECTS credits. In other words, if you want to take courses in the BSc programme in Mathematics, which is set at 180 ECTS credits, you can take max. 90 ECTS mathematics courses at BSc level.

If you need help in choosing courses, please contact a study and career guidance counsellor in SCIENCE Student Services.

E-learning courses

On e-learning courses, where both the teaching and exam take place 100 % electronically (online courses), only single subject students who are attached to a project, organisation, partner etc. and with close relations to researchers at the Faculty of Science are admitted. State the contact when applying for the course.

When does teaching take place? Timetable groups and block structure

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

All courses at the Faculty of Science are organised in accordance with our block structure, which divides the academic year 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 current academic calendar here.

In addition, 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

You are not under an obligation to attend the lectures for the courses, but on some courses you need to meet certain conditions in order to be able to sit the exam. If there are conditions for sitting the exam, it will be specified in the course description.

Publication of courses offered

The courses for the coming academic year are published on 1 May at

Admission Requirements

You must meet the area specific admission requirements:

  • Danish A
  • English B (Forestry and Landscape Engineering and Garden and Park Engineering: English C)
  • Mathematics A (Forestry and Landscape Engineering, Garden and Park Engineering and Exercise and Sport Sciences: Mathematics B)

Furthermore, there are specific admission requirements depending on which programme the course you are interested in is offered by, that you must also meet.

Programme Specific admission requirements

Physics A og Chemistry B


Physics A og Biotechnology A


Physics B og Chemistry A



Food Science


Animal Science

Molecular Biomedicine


Natural Resources

Physics B og Chemistry B


Physics B og Biotechnology A

Computer Science

Actuarial Mathematics

Geography & Geoinformatic

Agricultural Economics




Exercise and Sport Sciences Physics B
Landscape Architecture

Physics B og Chemistry C


Physics B og Biotechnology A

Forestry and Landscape Engineering

Garden and Park Engineering

Chemistry B or Biology B

or Biotechnology A

There may be dispensed from the requirements, if you are deemed to have the necessary academic prerequisites to participate in the course you have applied for. 

Language requirements

If English is your second language you must either document that you have passed Danish secondary school 'English level B' (Engelsk B).

Or you must pass an IELTS Academic, TOEFL, Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) test before being admitted. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Documentation for prior studies in the English language/in an English speaking country. A signed statement from the Educational institution (with the insitution's stamp on it) must be provided stating that English is the main language of instruction of prior studies.
  2. Applicants with English as their second language must pass an IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) test before being admitted. The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen accepts the following tests:
    • IELTS-test (IDP Education, British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment) with a minimum score of 6.5
    • TOEFL Tests (Institutional code: 0177):
      • ITP TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 points
      • Internet-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 83 points
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) or Advanced (CPA) passed at level C1 or C2.

If you have taken a Cambridge Advanced Test, please send us your registration ID number so we can verify the results online.

Language tests older than 2 years from the application deadline are not accepted. For more information about the tests, see and There is no period of limitation for Danish secondary school 'English level B' (Engelsk B).

Should you consider your level of English proficiency adequate, based upon work experience in a company where English is the mandatory means of communication, you can apply for an exemption. This is done by including a written statement from the company confirming the above.

The deadline for documenting your language fluency is the same deadline as the application deadline for the block in which you are applying to take a course.

Chances of admission/limited number of places

If you fulfil the relevant admission requirements, then generally speaking your chances of being admitted as a single subject student are good. However, we are not able to guarantee that there will be spaces on the course you have applied for. For example, it is usually not possible to be admitted to courses taught in the first year of bachelor programmes and any second-year courses on study programmes with limited places (Exercise and Sport Sciences and Molecular Biomedicine).

Fees and Payment TermsTil toppen

Full courses
In paying for a course, you are allowed a one-time participation in classes and lectures. Furthermore, up to two exam attempts are included in the fee. It is a condition that the exam resits take place within 2 years of the first ordinary exam which lies in the block in which you followed the course and the exam was offered.

ECTS credits for individual courses can be found in the course descriptions, and the fee is:

  • DKK 850 per ECTS credit

The price includes teaching as well as admittance to an ordinary exam and a re-exam.

The fee can change from year to year.

If you are unemployed and the job centre etc. pays the course fee, the fee is added to the current charge for part-time education which is set by the ministry. Read more about these charges at the the homepage of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Exam only

If you do not want to attend the course but want to study on your own and only take the exam, the following fee applies:

  • DKK 1000 for one exam attempt in the exam period in question, irrespective of the exam method

When you are only registered for the ordinary exam, you will not receive access to the course website where the syllabus, assignments and information etc. are made available.

You cannot register for a re-exam if you have not prior been registered to the ordinary exam in the specific course.

Approval as a self-learning student is at the discretion of the lecturer responsible for the course. However, it is not possible to register for exams on courses which require obligatory exercises to be submitted, or courses which consist of lab courses or if the courses include continuous assessment. If you are not approved as self-learning student, the alternative is to apply for the entire course and pay the full tution fee.

The exam fee can change from year to year.

Please note that the application deadline is the same as for the entire course.

Special rules regarding fees for non-EU/EEA citizens

The above fees are for EU/EEA citizens as well as other citizens with a permanent residence permit in Denmark. A temporary residence permit with a view to permanent residence is comparable to a permanent permit.

Applicants with permanent residence in Denmark must enclose a copy of the residence permit.

As we do not receive taxameter subsidies from the Danish state for non-EU/EEA citizens without a permanent residence permit in Denmark, the fee is subject to a supplementary payment of DKK 940 per ECTS credit.

Residence Permit 

If you do not already have a residence permit in Denmark, please note that it is not possible to get a residence permit if you only take individual courses. You will have to ask for a tourist visa, but this will have a limit of 3 months and therefore you will only be able to take courses in one block (9-10 weeks).

Terms of payment

When you receive the letter confirming that you have been admitted, an invoice for the total course fee is sent to the address which has been provided. Payment is a condition of being able to start the course, so non payment will lead to cancellation.

If you withdraw from a course after the start of the course, the fee is not refunded.

Applying for AdmissionTil toppen

To be admitted on a course, you will need to complete the following application form:

Application for Admission to BSc and MSc Courses

Please note! It is only possible to apply for admission once the course offerings have been published.

The completed application form should be handed in/sent to the Help Desk in SCIENCE Student Services. If you are unable to meet the formal admission requirements, you must provide a reasoned request for dispensation from the admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Placing Deadline  Reply 
Block 1 10 June 15 August
Block 2 10 September 15 October
Block 3 10 December 15 January
Block 4 10 March 15 April
Block 5 (summer
1 April 15 May

Applications for courses where there are more applicants than available places will be prioritised according to when the applications are received.

If you are offered a place on a course, you or your employer will receive an invoice.

Available places after the application deadline

If there are available places on the courses you wish to take after the first application deadline, you are welcome to apply.

NB: Your application must reach us at the latest 7 days before the beginning of the block in which the course is offered to be considered for a spot.

What happens when I have sent my application?

  1. We receive your application via mail, Help Desk or e-mail.
  2. You receive an e-mail confirming that your application has been received and stating when you can expect a reply regarding admittance. The e-mail is sent to the adress you inform on the application.
  3. We process all applications. During this process we will confirm whether you meet all admittance requirements.
  4. If you do not meet all admittance requirements you will receive a rejection letter by e-mail.
  5. The applicants who meet admittance requirements are distributed among vacant spaces on the courses. Spaces are distributed based on when we have received each application.
  6. If you meet all admittance requirements, but there are no vacant spaces on the course you have pplied for, you will be informed by e-mail.
  7. If you are granted a space in a course, UCPH will be informed that you are to receive a KU Username, and an ID card will be produced.
  8. We form an invoice which will be sent to you from UCPH (by mail, e-mail or electronic invoice - you choose in your application).
  9. We send an admittance e-mail to you with practical information.
  10. When we have received your payment, you will be placed in a class in your course.
  11. You can see the course on Absalon and your active registrations on KUnet.
  12. You are now ready to bein your course.


The course is finished with an exam, where you partake on equal terms with fulltime students. When you are admitted to a course, you are also automatically admitted to the ordinary exam in the course. Remember to bring picture-ID (passport or driver's license) if you have not received an ID-card from UCPH.

If you do not wish to attend the exam, you must unregister from the exam through KUnet > Self Service > Enrolment, courses & exams. If you do not unregister, you will automatically be registered as having spent an examination attempt.

Documentation for Passed ExamsTil toppen

After finishing your course, you can print out documentation for passed exams on KUnet. If you need to have the documentation signed, please contact Help Desk in SCIENCE Student Services.

Are you already a student at SCIENCE?

If you are already a fulltime student at a Bachelor or Master's programme at SCIENCE, the following applies:

  • you cannot attend courses that are compulsory or restricted elective subject elements in your programme. You can only attend courses that could be included in your programme as electives.
  • you may attend courses as single subjects even if you are on leave of absense from your programme (but the above condition still applies)
  • you may attend courses as single subjects that are compulsory or restricted electives in other programmes than the one you are admitted to. This goes for both Bachelor- and Master programmes (but the admission requirements still apply).
  • you cannot pay for extra examination attempts in courses in which you have already expended 3 attempts. For this you will need an excemption.
  • if you have attended a course as a single subject, it is not included in the rules regarding credit transfer from unfinished programmes.
  • you will not be refunded payment for courses if they are later credit-transfered to a programme you are admitted to.

Do you have any questions?

We have created a FAQ for you with questions we often receive regarding single subjects. Check here if your question has been answered.

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If you have any questions that you cannot find the answer to in the FAQ you are very welcome to contact a study and career guidance counsellor in SCIENCE Student Services.