Credit transfer from previous study programmes at the same level (pre-commencement credit transfer)

Credit transfer from previous study programmes at the same level (pre-commencement credit transfer)

 

Upon admission to DTU’s BEng, BSc, and MSc programmes, students are obliged to apply for credit transfer for passed programme elements (courses, etc.) from all previous non-completed ordinary study programmes at the same level. This may, for example, be the case if an applicant to a BSc programme has previously been admitted to another BEng or BSc programme without having completed the programme. 

An application for a pre-commencement credit transfer must be filed through www.merit.dtu.dk. Information on the process will be provided in the admission letter from DTU.

If students do not submit an application for credit transfer for previously passed programme elements at the same level or submit incorrect or incomplete information thereon, DTU may retract their enrolment at the university.

If the Head of Studies deems that credit transfer for programme elements can be granted to the mandatory parts of the programme, students will be granted credit transfer.

If it is deemed that credit transfer for programme elements to a mandatory course/project can only be granted partially, it is up to the student to decide whether he/she wants the partial credit transfer. Once the student has used an exam attempt in the mandatory course/project, the decision not to have the partial credit transfer is binding. The transfer is only possible if the partial credit amounts to a minimum of 5 ECTS credits and a minimum of half of the ECTS scope of the course/project.

If it is deemed that credit transfer for programme elements can be granted to the elective category of the programme, students can decide whether they want credit transfer. The optional credit transfer is registered by applying through www.merit.dtu.dk. It is entirely up to the student how much of the optional credit they wish to use and when.

Once granted, a credit transfer for both mandatory and elective parts of the programme cannot be withdrawn.

Students who wish to apply for credit transfer for educational elements from previously completed study programmes at the same level or passed educational elements from previously completed or uncompleted educational courses at a higher level can do so.

For the BEng and BSc programmes, the courses must at least be at a professional bachelor or BEng level. For the MSc programmes, the courses must at least be at the master's level. MSc students may, however, have up to 10 ECTS credits at the bachelor's level as part of the elective courses in their programme.

BEng students who have completed an academy profession programme before admission can apply for credit transfer for parts of the programme provided an established credit transfer agreement has been concluded. For information on currently established credit transfer agreements, please send an email to merit@adm.dtu.dk.

When granted a pre-commencement credit transfer, students can still obtain a diploma from DTU even though credit transfer has been granted for more than half of the programme.

Exam attempts in DTU courses
Exam attempts on failed DTU courses in the previous field of study will only be transferred if such courses are mandatory in the new study programme or are not applicable to a course in the new study programme. Failed courses that can only be transferred as semi-mandatory or elective courses will not be transferred unless the student wishes to take these courses as part of the new study programme.

Students who are admitted to DTU via quota 1 or 2 and who have used exam attempts on failed courses they have previously attended at DTU on another study programme will automatically be assigned three new exam attempts on the relevant courses if these courses may be included in the study programme.

Non-transferrable programme elements
Students cannot be granted transfer of credits from the qualifying programme/exam.

A final project from another educational programme cannot be transferred as a substitution for the final project to a DTU study programme. The project or elements of the project can only be transferred to the student’s programme as a substitution for other programme elements (courses) and if approved by the Head of Study.

Courses/educational elements passed more than five years before admission to DTU cannot - as a general rule - be transferred to the student's enrollment. However, the relevant head of study may make an exemption from this rule based on a specific academic assessment. Whether an exemption can be granted is assessed by the Head of Study in connection with the assessment of the readmission application. Courses that date back more than five years will only be transferred to the applicant's new study programme if the applicant wishes to do so.

Programme deadlines in relation to pre-commencement credit transfer
The maximum study duration is reduced by one semester for every 30 ECTS credits the student has been granted in pre-commencement credit transfer. In the industry MSc Eng Programmes, the maximum study period will be reduced by one semester for every 15 ECTS credits the student has already passed.

Suppose the student has been granted pre-commencement credit transfer on courses that are included in the first-year exam. To pass the first-year exam, the student is only required to pass the remaining elements.

Decision-making authority
The Board of Exemptions for the BSc and MSc programmes (CMDU) and the Board of Exemptions for the BEng programmes (DMDU) have authorized the heads of studies and the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs (AUS) to make decisions in cases related to credit transfer. 

A decision on credit transfer is not valid until the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs (AUS) issues a written decision to the student via email or at www.merit.dtu.dk.

Appeal against decision
If the student does not get their application granted, the student can appeal the decision via email to merit@adm.dtu.dk.

https://studieinformation.dtu.dk/english/rules/credit-transfer-studying-abroad/credit-transfer
21 JULY 2024