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.


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You can find courses at SCIENCE at

You can apply for admission to any course at SCIENCE. However, admission is subject to places being available, and you must meet the admission requirements. You cannot do projects, including a Bachelor’s project or a Master’s thesis, as single subjects.

Watch a video on how to find your course:

Guide: How to find courses

Guide: How to read a course description

The teaching takes place during the day together with the students on Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.

You can be enrolled on single subjects or parts of a study programme corresponding to max. half of a study programme’s ECTS credits. In other words, if you want to take courses on the Bachelor’s programme in Mathematics, which equates to 180 ECTS credits, you can take max. 90 ECTS of mathematics courses at Bachelor’s programme level.

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

When does teaching take place? Schedule groups and block structure

The course description will state the blocks and schedule groups in which individual courses are offered.

All courses at SCIENCE are organised in accordance with our block structure, which divides the academic year into five nine-week blocks. Blocks 1 and 2 are placed in the autumn semester, while blocks 3 and 4 are placed in the spring semester, and block 5 in the summer. Courses normally last for one block only. See the academic calendar/block structure here.

Moreover, the teaching is placed in a schedule group, and possibly a sub-group. If your course is placed in schedule group A, this means that the teaching takes place in both sub-group A 1 and sub-group A 2.

The schedule groups (and sub-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

It is not mandatory that you attend the lectures for the courses, but on some courses you need to meet certain conditions in order to be able to take the exams. Any conditions for taking exams are specified in the course description.

Publication of courses offered

The courses for the coming academic year are published no later than 1 May at

Admission requirements

You must meet the following 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)

In addition, you must check whether your course is associated with a specific study programme, as specific admission requirements may apply for the programme. The programme-specific requirements are described under the study programme here.
In the course description at, you can see the study programmes with which your course is associated.

Finally, you should also know that formal requirements may apply for the individual course. These can also be found in the course description at

You can be granted an exemption from the admission requirements if we decide that you have the necessary academic prerequisites. If you want to apply for an exemption from the admission requirements, you must send a description of how you think you meet the admission requirements and any documentation together with your application. 

Chances of admission/limited number of places

If you meet the admission requirements, there is generally a good chance of being admitted as a single subject student, but we cannot guarantee that there is space on the particular course you want to take. For example, it is usually not possible to get a place on first-year and sometimes second-year courses on study programmes with a limited number of places (Exercise and Sport Sciences and Molecular Biomedicine). We cannot tell you in advance whether there is space on the courses you want to take. You will be told once you have applied

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Whole courses
After paying for a course, you are entitled to take part in the teaching activities once, and be registered for up to two exam attempts. You must use the exam attempts within the four exam periods which follow the period of teaching (the next ordinary exam and re-exam, and the ordinary exam and re-exam the following year).

The ECTS credits for the individual courses are stated in the course descriptions, and the fee is:

  • DKK 850 per ECTS credit.

The fee includes teaching activities as well as registration for the ordinary exam and, if necessary, the related re-exam. 

The fee can change from year to year.

If you are unemployed or in rehabilitation, and the job centre etc. is paying the course fee, the applicable rate for part-time education which is set by the ministry is added to the fee. See the rates on the Ministry of Higher Education and Science website.

Exam only

If you want to be an independent student and only take the exam, the following fee applies:

  • DKK 1,000 for the first exam attempt in the exam period in question, irrespective of the exam form. The exam fee can change from year to year.

If you are only registered for the exam, you will not have access to the course website where the syllabus, assignments and information, etc. are made available. Moreover, you cannot participate in the teaching activities.

You can only register for a re-exam if it is already being offered to the full-time students.

You must be approved by the course director as an independent student. It is not possible to (only) register for exams on courses which require compulsory exercises to be submitted, or lab courses to be passed, or if the courses include continuous assessment. If you are not approved as an independent student, you can, alternatively, register for the whole course and pay the full course fee.

Independent students must register by the same deadlines as students who are taking the actual 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 taking up permanent residency is comparable to a permanent residence permit.

As we do not receive 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 which varies depending on the course, and can be anything between DKK 258 and DKK 683 per ECTS credit.

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

Terms of payment

Once you have been informed that you have been admitted, we will send an invoice for the total course fee to the invoice address stated. You must pay the course fee in order to be able to start the course. If you do not pay the course fee before the start of the course, you will be deregistered from the course.

If you deregister from a course after the course has started, the tuition fee will not be refunded.

Applying for AdmissionTil toppen

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

Application form: Application to do a single subject (PDF)

You must send your application together with documentation of your educational background to If you are unable to meet the formal admission requirements, you must enclose a reasoned application for an exemption 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

We do not accept applications earlier than two months before the deadline for applying.

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

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

Available places after the deadline for application

If places are available on courses after the deadline for applications, you can apply to have one of these places.

NOTE: We must receive your application no later than seven weekdays before the start of the block for you to be considered for a place. However, you cannot be certain that your application will be considered if you submit your application after the deadline for applications.

What happens after your application has been sent?

  1. We receive your application by email.
  2. You receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and stating when you can expect to receive a response regarding admission (the email is sent to the email address stated on the application form).
  3. We process your application and check whether you meet the admission requirements.
  4. If you do not meet the admission requirements, you will receive a rejection by email.
  5. Applicants meeting the admission requirements will be allocated places on the courses. Places are allocated according to when we received the applications.
  6. If you meet the admission requirements, but there are no places on your chosen course, you will be informed by email.
  7. We issue an invoice which is sent to you or your employer by the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) (by email or post or as an electronic invoice). Two to three working days may pass before it is sent. 
  8. We send an admission email with practical information.
  9. On admission, a UCPH username is created for you. Once your payment has been registered, you will receive an email with information on how to log on to the University’s systems.
  10. When we have received your payment, you will have access to your Absalon course room at KUnet.
  11. Now you are ready to start your course. We hope you enjoy your course!


The course finishes with an exam, which you take on the same terms as full-time students. Once you have registered and been admitted to a course, you are automatically registered for the ordinary exam for the course in question. Remember to bring picture ID (passport or driving licence) if you have not received your student ID.

However, if you do not want to take the exam, you must remember to withdraw from the exam via KUnet > Self Service > Enrolment, Courses and Exams. If you fail to withdraw from the exam, you will automatically be registered as having used one exam attempt.

Documentation of completed courseTil toppen

When you need documentation for a completed single subject, you have to print it off via your Self Service. If you need signed documentation, you can order it at SCIENCE Student Services.

Do you want to use single subjects to meet the minimum academic requirements for teaching in upper-secondary schools?

Read how you can use single subjects to acquire the academic skills required to teach at upper-secondary school level.

Unfortunately, we are unable to help you assess which courses you need in order to meet the minimum academic requirements.

Are you already enrolled on a study programme at SCIENCE?

If you are already a full-time student on a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at SCIENCE:

  • You cannot take single subject courses which are compulsory courses or restricted elective courses on your study programme. You can only take courses which can be included in your study programme as elective courses.
  • You can take courses as single subjects, even though you are on leave from your study programme (but still only as elective courses).
  • You can take courses as single subjects which are restricted elective courses or compulsory courses on study programmes other than the one you are enrolled on. In other words, both Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes (but the admission requirements still apply).
  • You cannot pay for extra exam attempts in courses where you have already used three attempts. You must apply for an exemption for this. Read more about this on your study site.
  • If you have taken a course as a single subject, it is not covered by the rules on mandatory credit transfers.
  • Your course fees will not be refunded, even though the credits for the courses are later transferred to a study programme you are enrolled on.


We have prepared an FAQ, with questions we are often asked in connection with single subjects. Look here to see if you can find the answer to your question.

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If you cannot find the answer in the FAQ, please contact a study and career guidance counsellor at SCIENCE Student Services.