Electives - Master

General information on electives

During your MSc programme you have to take electives corresponding to 30 ECTS points. If you follow the prescribed course of study, electives are placed in the 3rd semester.

You have the opportunity to arrange the electives differently:

  • By taking one or more electives at AU Summer University (July-August)
  • By taking electives earlier or later than in the prescribed course of study. You should be aware, however, that lessons and exams may coincide if you choose to do so.

You can choose electives from the selection of courses that are offered to your study programme (including AU Summer University courses), but you can also choose other courses offered at AU or courses offered at other Danish and foreign universities. If you wish to take courses that are not approved for your degree programme you need to apply for pre-approval and credit transfer.

Pre-approval and credit transfer
In the following link you can find information about applying for credit transfer and pre-approval of courses from other studies. If you wish to take courses at foreign university/study abroad you can find information on the choice of electives and preapproval at Study Abroad.

Preapproved courses from the study programme cand.oecon./MSc in Economics and Management can be found here.  

Course clusters

To avoid overlap between classes and exams, the planning of the teaching and exam activities on the MSc in Economics and Business Administration takes point of departure in course clusters. The course clusters comprise courses within the same subject area. The time tables and the exam schedules are planned so as avoid overlap between classes and/or exams within the course cluster. Classes and/or exams pertaining to courses from different course clusters may, however, overlap. You can choose freely between courses in the course cluster which best suits your study programme.

Course clusters for autumn 2017

Course clusters for spring 2018.

If you choose courses from different course clusters, and the time table and exam schedule reveal an overlap between classes and/or exams, you may choose another elective course before the semester starts.

Registration deadlines

Electives in the autumn semester: The registration deadline for electives is from 1-5 May for courses in the autumn semester. Before choosing your electives please read about the course clusters above.

Electives in the spring semester: The registration deadline for electives is from 1-5 November for courses in the spring semester.Before choosing your electives please read about the course clusters above.

You can read about the different courses in the course catalogue.

AU Summer University

You can apply for for AU Summer University courses from 1 December to 15 March. You can find information on AU Summer University courses at AU Summer Univerity.

Procedure: Registration for elective courses

1. First registration period is ended by 5 May and 5 November. At these dates the registrations will be final for all students who were admitted to the courses/electives they applied for. This means that you cannot unregister or exchange your electives after the deadlines.

The board of studies is not able to grant an exemption for exchanging electives once you have used an exam attempt in the course. This applies regardless of whether you have received an 'U' (for being absent) or a numerical mark.

Students can only unregister from one or more courses in connection with: 

  • Project-based internship (according to the regulations governing this) 
  • Studies abroad (exchange and free movers, according to the regulations governing this)
  • Enrollment as guest student at another study programme/educational institution.

Please note that you can only unregister for electives corresponding to the number of ECTS that you have been approved for an internship, studies abroad or as a guest student.

2. If you were not admitted to the requested courses, e.g. due to cancellation or restricted admission, you will be contacted and receive information by your student mail in order to have the possibility to register for courses that have available seats after the registration deadline.


    You sign up for electives online at mit.au.dk. Then click on “Student Self-Service (STADS)”. You need to use the registration form for your own programme.

    Please remember that it is your own responsibility to check, whether or not your registration is accepted. The status of your registration will be available maximum 1 week after your registration.

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