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Bachelor's and Master's courses

There are two ways to include Master's (or, under special circumstances, Bachelor's) courses in your PhD degree programme:

  1. As part of your Master's degree, if you are enrolled on a 3+5 or 4+4 programme. The courses must be approved in your Master's contract.
  2. As part of the 30 ECTS PhD courses that you have to complete as a PhD student at GSST.

For the latter, you will usually have to make a special arrangement with the course coordinator to make the course suitable for PhD level. This could be through extra assignments, a larger curriculum and/or working as a teaching assistant, for example. You may participate in the regular exam (perhaps under special conditions), or you can arrange for a different type of evaluation with the course coordinator. 

Click on the relevant category below for more information and the procedure for registration.

Master's contract for 3+5/4+4 PhD students (Part A only)

PhD students who study for their Master's degree in parallel with a PhD programme (3+5 or 4+4) have to make a plan for their 60 ECTS Master's courses; a Master's contract. This enables the head of Master's programme and the study administration to validate the content of the Master's programme and issue a valid Master's degree diploma.

The Master's contract must be completed immediately after admission to GSST, and it should be attached to your PhD plan.

Drawing up the Master's contract

You have to fill in the Master's contract (in Danish: "Kandidatkontrakt") electronically through the Contract generator (in Danish: "Kontraktgenerator"). Please follow these steps:

  1. Start by either creating a new contract or choosing to edit a previous one.
  2. Select the Master’s contract template and then tick off the box "PhD student". The template will then display a qualifying exam instead of a Master’s thesis.
  3. Fill in the form with relevant Master's (or Bachelor's) courses - in total 60 ECTS.
  4. Click on "Send" to send the contract to the relevant head of Master's programme for approval. 

When the approved contract is returned to you from the head of Master's programme, export a PDF version and attach it to your PhD plan under the plan element "Other activities" and name it "Master's programme".

Registration

To sign up for Master's courses as part of your Master's course programme, please follow the same procedure as regular Master's students and register through the online Self Service facility. Note that the online facility is only open at certain times:

  • Registration for courses in the spring semester: November 1-5
  • Registration for courses in the autumn semester: May 1-5

It is your own responsibility to check that you are registered for the correct courses. When you register for a course, you will automatically be registered for the exam.

You can only edit your registrations in the above-mentioned periods. Remember, you have to update your Master's contract and have it reapproved every time you make changes to your study programme.

See your relevant study portal for more information.

Master's courses in your PhD programme

Usually, PhD students who wish to include a Master's course in their 30 ECTS PhD course programme make special arrangements with the course coordinator to raise the academic level so that the course is suitable for a PhD programme. Examples include extra assignments, a larger curriculum and/or working as a teaching assistant.

You may participate in the regular exam (perhaps under special conditions), or you can arrange for a different type of evaluation with the course coordinator.

Registration

To register for a Master's course as part of your 30 ECTS PhD course programme, please send an e-mail to gradschool.scitech@au.dk with the subject “Registration for Master’s course”. The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Name of the course
  • Course period
  • STADS UVA code (can be found in the course catalogue)
  • Agreement regarding examination*

*Make sure to indicate whether or not you will be taking the regular exam. When you have registered for a Master's course, you will automatically be registered for the exam. Therefore, please let us know if we have to cancel the exam registration.

NB. Be sure to send this information from your AU email address to ensure secure delivery.

Please note:
We recommend that you sign up for Master's courses as soon as possible and by no later than three weeks before the course starts. Please note that we cannot guarantee you a place on the requested course, as the Master's courses have a limited number of places.

Bachelor's courses in your PhD programme

Although less common, it is possible for PhD students to follow a Bachelor's course as part of their 30 ECTS PhD course programme. There must be solid reasons for doing so and, as for Master's courses, you should make special arrangements with the course coordinator to raise the academic level so that the course is suitable for a PhD programme. Examples include extra assignments, a larger curriculum and/or working as a teaching assistant.

You may participate in the regular exam (perhaps under special conditions), or you can arrange for a different type of evaluation with the course coordinator.

Registration

To register for a Bachelor's course as part of your 30 ECTS PhD course programme, you must have approval from the head of your PhD programme. Please send him/her an e-mail with a well-founded request for including the particular Bachelor's course in your PhD course programme.

Once you have received approval from the relevant head of PhD programme, please attach it to an e-mail to gradschool.scitech@au.dk with the subject "Registration for Bachelor's course". The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Name of the Bachelor's course
  • Course period
  • STADS UVA code (can be found in the course catalogue)
  • Agreement regarding examination*
  • Approval from head of PhD programme

* Make sure to indicate whether or not you will be taking in the regular exam. When you have registered for a Bachelor's course, you will automatically be registered for the exam. Therefore, please let us know if we have to cancel the exam registration.

NB. Be sure to send this information from your AU email address to ensure secure delivery.

Please note:
We recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible, so that you can register for the course by no later than three weeks before the course starts. We cannot guarantee you a place on the requested course, as there may be a limited number of places.

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