Doctor's certificate

When do you need a doctor's certificate?

If you are applying for an exemption because you have an illness or disability that affects your ability to complete your education under the usual conditions, you will need a doctor's certificate.

You must pay for the doctor's certificate yourself.

The doctor's certificate is a medical assessment that should provide the university with a basis to determine whether you should be granted an exemption.

The purpose of the doctor's certificate is to document how, to what extent, and for how long your illness or disability affects your ability to study / take exams.

Guidelines for doctor's certificates

Please take this guide with you to your doctor!

The requirements for the content of a doctor's certificate depends on the type of exemption you are applying for. It is up to the Board of Studies to assess whether you can be granted an exemption. The Board of studies always considers a doctor's certificate and it is part of processing your application. Please note that a doctor's certificate may not always result in an exemption, as the Board og Studies is not obligated to follow the doctor's recommendations.

If we need more documentation, we will contact you.

We do not contact your doctor.

It is important that your medical certificate contains information about:

1. Time

  • When did the doctor see you?
  • During which period have you been ill?
  • Is the illness chronic?
  • How long do you expect to be ill?
  • Are you completely or partially on sick leave?
  • If you are partially on sick leave – how many hours a week can you work?
  • Is there a prospect of improvement (what is the prognosis)?
  • Can you do anything yourself to improve the condition?

Please note that it is important that the doctor has seen you during the period covered by the doctor's certificate.

If the doctor's certificate concerns an illness from the past, it may mean that the study board places less weight on the doctor's certificate.

2. Medical Assessment

The doctor does not necessarily need to specify which illness is involved. The medical certificate should clearly explain how your illness or disability affects you. If the medical certificate is specific regarding how, when, and to what extent your illness affects your study activities and your ability to complete your education, a precise diagnosis is often less important.

It should be clear from the medical certificate how the doctor obtained the information.

The doctor should state which information comes from the doctor’s own examination of you and which comes from conversations with you, from a specialist, patient records, or similar sources.

3. Formal Requirements for a Medical Certificate

A medical certificate must also include:

  • Your name, social security number, and address.
  • The doctor's name, authorization ID, business address, and education.
  • Information about who your general practitioner is.
  • Date and the doctor’s signature or similar.

Duty of confidentiality

Note that the board of studies and the administration are subject to a duty of confidentiality, and there is therefore no risk associated with being open and honest about any medical condition. It is in everyone's interest that your application be treated fairly and justly on the basis of your circumstances, but this is only possible if the necessary information is provided.

Legal capacity – who can issue a doctor's certificate?

It is important to the processing of your case that the doctor's certificate is comprehensive and issued by a medical doctor who’s legal capacity/impartiality cannot be questioned. As a general rule, the study administration will not accept doctor's certificates issued by immediate family members/relatives.

This means that you cannot, for example, submit a doctor's certificate issued by a closely related family member/relative, even if this person is your general practitioner or similar. You should instead contact a doctor who is not an immediate family member/relative in order to receive a doctor's certificate from an impartial doctor.