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Supplementary subjects

What is a supplementary subject?

In many of the degree programmes (e.g Biology, Computer Science, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Molecular Biology) there are requirements/options for you to choose supplementary subjects outside your main subject. All supplementary subjects are selected with the help of the degree programme coordinator, and a study programme for the entire degree must be prepared in connection with the choice of supplementary subjects.

Your supplementary subjects can be:

  • a subject-related supplementary subject
    • A group of courses within a supplementary subject. The supplementary subject must not be related to your main subject. See below for information about which supplementary subjects you can choose for the individual degree programmes.
  • a special supplementary subject
    • A number of special supplementary subjects have been approved, each equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. See ‘special supplementary subjects’ in the menu to the left.
    • Subject to application, you can have an individual supplementary subject approved if valid study-related reasons apply. An application accompanied by a recommendation from the degree programme coordinator must be submitted to the board of studies.
  • first part of a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school (subsidiary subject)
    • If you would like to choose a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school, you must change to a Bachelor’s degree programme with a subsidiary subject.

If you choose a field of study in your Bachelor’s degree programme, the requirement/option for a supplementary subject no longer applies.
Fields of study are available in the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Physics, Mathematics and Geology.

If you would like to have the option of teaching at upper secondary school after completing your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, you can and should combine your main subject with a supplementary subject (subsidiary subject) in another subject taught at upper secondary school as part of your study programme. This is relevant in the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Biology, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. A supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school (subsidiary subject) consists of the first part of a Bachelor’s degree programme and the second part of a Master’s degree programme. You can see the list of supplementary subjects here.

The number of supplementary subjects available differs from one degree programme to the next, but in all degree programmes you can have a maximum of two different supplementary subjects. Examples are a subject-relevant supplementary subject in Physics and a subject-relevant supplementary subject in Mathematics or a subject-relevant supplementary subject in Physics and a special supplementary subject or parts thereof. In special cases, an exemption can be granted from the rule of a maximum of two supplementary subjects, if academically relevant. An application accompanied by a recommendation from the degree programme coordinator must be submitted to the board of studies.

In all Bachelor’s degree programmes in the above-mentioned subjects except Geology, you must choose a minimum of one subject-relevant supplementary subject equalling at least 30 ECTS credits (including any compulsory courses within the supplementary subject) or a special supplementary subject. As mentioned, this requirement no longer applies if you have chosen a field of study or a combination of a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school (subsidiary subject).

In all Master’s degree programmes in the above-mentioned subjects, you must include a total of two supplementary subjects in your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, each equalling a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. These supplementary subjects can be either subject-related or special supplementary subjects (including any compulsory courses within the supplementary subject). You can also comply with this requirement by choosing a subject-related supplementary subject equalling a minimum of 60 ECTS credits (including any compulsory courses within the supplementary subject).

If you include a study period abroad equalling 20 ECTS credits, the requirement for a supplementary subject in your Master’s degree programme no longer applies.

Biology: Subject-related supplementary subject

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).   

  • Computer Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Chemistry (15)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (20)
  • Molecular Biology (10)
  • Nature and Environmental Management (offered by NERI)
  • Agricultural Sciences (offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences [DJF])

Computer Science: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).  

  • Biology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (20)
  • Multimedia (offered by the Institute of Information and Media Studies [IMV])
  • Technology courses (offered by the Engineering College of Aarhus [IHA])
  • Supplementary subjects in IT

Physics: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).

  • Astronomy (5)
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (35)
  • Molecular Biology

Geology: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).

  • Biology
  • Computer Science (5)
  • Physics and Astronomy (15)
  • Chemistry (10)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (10)
  • Molecular Biology

Chemistry: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (10)
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Mathematics and Statistics (20)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Technology courses (offered by the Engineering College of Aarhus [IHA])

Mathematics: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).

  • Biology
  • Computer Science (5)
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics–Economics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics

Molecular Biology: Subject-related supplementary subjects

The possible supplementary subjects for the individual main subjects are set out below. The figures in brackets indicate the scope of the supplementary subject in question within the compulsory programme (typically auxiliary subjects).

  • Biology (10)
  • Computer Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Chemistry (20)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (15)
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