Limitation on dual education

From the summer admission 2017 and onwards, certain limitations will be introduced for applicants with a completed Danish full-time, state-financed higher education who want to apply for admission to a new full-time higher-education programme.

If you have completed a higher-education degree programme abroad, these new rules will not apply to you.

The rules mean that you cannot apply for admission to a new higher-education degree programme at the same or a lower level than the one you have already completed.

If you already have a professional bachelor’s degree in architectural technology and construction management, for instance, you cannot be admitted to a new professional bachelor’s degree programme, an academy profession programme or a bachelor’s degree programme at a university.

The limitations apply to the following study programmes:

  • If you have completed an academy profession degree programme, you cannot apply for admission to a new academy profession degree programme
  • Professional bachelors, bachelors from a university and others with a medium-length higher education cannot be admitted to a new bachelor’s degree programme (regardless of the type) or a new academy profession degree programme
  • Graduates cannot be admitted to a new academy profession degree programme, a new bachelor’s degree programme (regardless of the type) or a new master’s degree programme.

However, exemption may be granted, and certain study programmes fall outside the scope of the rules. You can read more about the exemptions below.

How can I get exemption from the rules?

Exemption from the rules can only be granted when at least one of the below conditions has been met:

1) For reasons of health you may no longer be able to practise your previously acquired profession on the labour market.

When handling exemption for reasons of health, the following documentation is required:

  • A medical certificate documenting that you cannot perform job functions within the profession/occupation the first study programme was aimed at
  • Documentation of the granting of rehabilitation

2) You completed your education at least 6 years before the higher education programme you applied to will commence.

Exemption from the rules on dual education will be granted if the previous higher education was completed at least six years before the commencement of the new higher education.

UCN needs a copy of the diploma of your previous education in order to check if the previous education was completed more than 6 years ago.

It is the date of issue of the diploma and the commencement of the study programme that will be used to assess whether the previous higher-education programme was completed at least 6 years before commencement of the new education programme. If this objective demand is satisfied, exemption will be granted.

3) You have completed an education programme that has changed significantly or does not exist any more.

This exemption applies especially where:

  • changes in the requirements of a public authority mean that you are no longer able to obtain authorisation and practise your profession in the labour market
  • a technological or other development means that the demand for a profession lapses or becomes superfluous

4) You were admitted to an academy profession degree programme no later than 1 February 2017.

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree programme (regardless of the type) but have started on an academy profession degree programme no later than 1 February 2017, you will be able to continue studies on a top-up programme (professional bachelor) at the same educational institution if this is a natural continuation of the academy profession degree programme.

Can I continue my studies?

There is still the opportunity to top up your study programme. If you have an academy profession degree, for instance,  you can continue with a bachelor’s degree programme (regardless of the type). If you have a bachelor's degree from a university or a professional bachelor’s degree, you can apply for admission to a master's degree programme.