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Maximum period of study and active enrolment requirement

Maximum period of study – professional Master’s degree programmes

As a student enrolled in a professional Master’s degree programme or the degree programme to become a teacher in Danish as a second language at the Faculty of Arts, you have a maximum of six years from enrolment to complete your degree programme.

(Special provisions may apply to certain degree programmes – check your academic regulations)

If you are unable to complete your degree programme within the six-year time frame, you can apply for dispensation. You must submit your application for dispensation to the board of studies.

Maximum period of study – Bachelor’s and Master’s degree

The maximum periods of study for students at the Faculty of Arts are for both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree the prescribed period of study for the programme + six months.

The extra semester ensures that you have three exam attempts in all courses. You can see how your programme is prescribed in your academic regulation. Find it at MYSTUDIES.AU.DK

If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree within the prescribed period + six months or you have not completed your master’s degree within the prescribed period + six months, you will be withdrawn from the university.

The withdrawal will be carried out irrespective of the nature and number of the courses you have not yet passed, even if you have not actually used all your examination attempts within the prescribed period of study.

Your maximum degree completion time expires on either 1 September or 1 March. You will be notified via e-Boks approx. 14 days before it expires. If you have not received the results from the final exams, please contact Study Centre Arts. If you are withdrawn from your degree programme automatically, you will not receive further confirmation of your withdrawal.

To avoid being withdrawn from your degree programme because you have exceeded your maximum degree completion time, we encourage you to pay special attention to this throughout your studies. If you have any questions on how to structure your degree programme in the best possible way, please contact the student counsellors.

You can apply for exemption from the rules governing maximum degree completion time if documentation of exceptional circumstances can be provided.

Transititional rules for Erasmus Mundus-students

Please note that for Erasmus Mundus: Journalism, Media and Globalisation-students the general time frame does not currently apply.

Transitional rules for students enrolled before September 2016

If you were enrolled before 1 September 2016, your maximum period of study will be calculated individually. The date on which you must complete your degree will appear on mit.au.dk in mid-October 2016.

The end date will be calculated on the basis of the number of ECTS you have not yet obtained as of 15 September 2016 (converted into whole semesters) plus six months.

If the transitional rules regarding the calculation of the remaining period of study (remaining prescribed period of study + six months) allow a longer maximum period of study than the rules introduced as of 1 September 2015, the 2015 rules still apply.

Examples where the September 2015 rules for maximum periods of study still apply:

  • You enrolled in your Bachelor’s degree programme in or before 2013 and still need to pass more than 90 ECTS as of 1 September 2016.
  • You enrolled in your Master’s degree programme in or before 2013 and still need to pass more than 30 ECTS as of 1 September 2016.
  • You enrolled in your Bachelor’s degree programme at the Danish School of Education in 2012 and still need to pass more than 30 ECTS as of 1 September 2016.

Find further information on both 2016 rules and 2015 rules below.

Rules for calculation of maximum period of study established in 2016

The lists of end dates are based on the assumption that 1 September 2016 is the cut-off date.

Bachelor’s degree: approximate calculation of maximum period of study

Prescribed period of study remaining

Maximum period of study

Completion

5-30 ECTS

2 semesters

1/9 2017

35-60 ECTS

3 semesters

1/3 2018

65-90 ECTS

4 semesters

1/9 2018

95-120 ECTS

5 semesters

1/3 2019

125-150 ECTS

6 semesters

1/9 2019

155-180 ECTS

7 semesters

1/3 2020

185-210 ECTS

8 semesters

1/9 2020

Master’s degree: approximate calculation of maximum period of study

Prescribed period of study remaining

Maximum period of study

Completion

5-30 ECTS

2 semesters

1/9 2017

35-60 ECTS

3 semesters

1/3 2018

65-90 ECTS

4 semesters

1/9 2018

95-120 ECTS

5 semesters

1/3 2019

125-150 ECTS

6 semesters

1/9 2019

 

 

Rules for calculation of maximum period of study established in September 2015

The provisions on maximum period of study came into effect on 1 September 2015 for students at the School of Communication and Culture and the School of Culture and Society. Students at the Danish School of Education were subject to provisions on a 5-year maximum period of study until 1 September 2015.

The following transitional rules apply to students admitted before 1 September 2015.

2015 year group

  • BACHELOR’S DEGREE: prescribed duration + 1 year
  • MASTER’S DEGREE: prescribed duration + 1 year

2014 year group

  • BACHELOR’S DEGREE: If you enrolled in 2014, you must complete your degree programme no later than 31 August 2019.
  • MASTER’S DEGREE: If you enrolled in 2014, you must complete your degree programme no later than 31 August 2018.

2013 year group and earlier

  • BACHELOR’S DEGREE: If you enrolled in or before 2013, you must complete your degree programme no later than 31 August 2018. However, students enrolled at the Danish School of Education in September 2012 must complete their degree programme no later than 31 August 2017. Students enrolled at the Danish School of Education in September 2011 must complete their degree programme no later than 31 August 2016.
  • MASTER’S DEGREE: If you enrolled in or before 2013, you must complete your degree programme no later than 31 August 2017. However, students enrolled at the Danish School of Education in September 2011 must complete their degree programme no later than 31 August 2016.

Introductory courses and programme extensions

For students who have been granted a programme extension, or who are taking introductory courses, the maximum period of study will be prolonged to suit the prescribed duration of the introductory course or the programme extension in question.

Active enrolment requirement – Bachelor’s and Master’s degree

The requirement for active enrolment means that you must pass at least 45 ECTS credits out of the 60 ECTS credits that constitute an entire year of study.

The requirement is accumulated, meaning that you after the first year of study must have earned at least 45 ECTS, after the second academic year at least 90 ECTS, etc.

Active enrolment is defined in terms of the number of ECTS credits passed. Class participation and failed attempts to pass exams do not count as active enrolment.

If you do not meet the active enrolment requirement, you will be withdrawn from your degree programme.

Credit transfer
Exams passed at other universities, including universities outside Denmark, count as active enrolment if you gain credit transfer for them. Credit transferred for an exam is valid from the official exam date of the course in question. If there is any doubt about dates, the earliest date applies.

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