Project courses

The content of a project course is agreed upon between the student(s) and a DTU supervisor. The DTU supervisor registers the project course in the project registration system (Projektindberetningssystemet).

The supervisor for B Eng students must be an employee holding a permanent position at DTU; assistant professors are exempt from this.

As for BSc and MSc students, the supervisor must be a member of the scientific staff with research obligations and hold a permanent position at DTU (assistant professors exempted). An exemption from the requirement for research obligation may be granted by the relevant BSc or MSc Head of Studies. If a BSc student is granted an exemption by the Head of Studies, the project course will be included in the maximum of 10 ECTS credits at the BEng level, which BSc students are allowed to take as part of their BSc programme. If an MSc student is granted an exemption by the Head of Studies, the project course will be included in the maximum of 10 ECTS credits at the BSc level, which MSc students are allowed to take as part of their MSc programme. 

The ECTS credit for a project course ranges from 5 to 30 ECTS credits with intervals of 2.5 credits. 5 ECTS credits correspond to around three weeks of full-time study. In exceptional cases, it is possible to take a project course corresponding to 2.5 ECTS credits, for example, if the course constitutes the final element of the programme. In such a case, the lecturer must contact the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs to register for the course.

The student must always be aware of whether there are special restrictions in their own curriculum in completing special courses.

The project period for a project course cannot extend six months. The agreement regarding a project course is binding on both parties. Still, it can be changed according to an agreement between the parties. The project course must be documented in a report or similar.

If a student does not pass a project course, a re-exam of the course can be offered. That is agreed upon between the supervisor and the student. In the event of a disagreement as to whether a re-exam is to be held, the department board of studies must decide the case after an inquiry from the student or supervisor. The student can always plead for the right to three examination attempts in the course.

Projects in cooperation with a company (project-based exams)
A project course can be carried out entirely or partially with a company in Denmark or abroad (a project-based exam). The academic content, learning objectives as well as the form of assessment and grading must be agreed upon with a DTU supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the project has a sufficient academic/theoretical level. The ECTS credit total is based only on the expected project workload, which means that the duration of a possible internship with the company is not credit awarding.

The students are responsible for finding a company, but many departments have contact with several companies. It is recommended that students carry out projects in cooperation with companies in the final part of the study programme.

Students can also search the DTU Internship and Project Bank, where company projects are posted, among other things. DTU’s Internship and Project Bank can be found at Projektbank.dtu.dk.

In connection with an unpaid project-based course, BSc and MSc students may receive recognition from appreciation from the company of a maximum of DKK 3.000 a month (DKK 3,286 a month (2022-level) from 1 January 2023). It is voluntary for the company to give an acknowledgement. The acknowledgement is not granted as a predetermined income, which the student can expect to receive in the same way as a salary. The student must not be included as a labourer during the stay in the company. 

Project proposals
Students are recommended to draw up a project proposal to be signed jointly by the student, the supervisor, and the company since all three parties must agree on the project.

The project proposal should contain the most important details related to the project: project title, specific tasks, expected working hours/time of arrival, duration of the internship with the company, etc. If the company makes requirements in relation to confidentiality and rights to use the project, two separate agreements can be made with the student and DTU, respectively.

At each department, there is a person responsible for contracts whom the project supervisor can contact. The project supervisor can find an overview of persons responsible for contracts on DTU Inside under https://www.inside.dtu.dk/en/medarbejder/forskning-innovation-og-raadgivning/forskningssamarbejde-jura-og-kontraktforhold/kontraktansvarlige. The contract responsibles at the departments can find templates for different contract types on DTU Inside's employee page under https://www.inside.dtu.dk/en/medarbejder/forskning-innovation-og-raadgivning/forskningssamarbejde-jura-og-kontraktforhold/download-templates, i.a. a collaboration agreement for exam projects and a statement from students participating in a research project.

Insurance
During an internship with a company in connection with a project, the insurance taken out by Polyteknisk Forening (PF student association) does not provide cover. See DTU Inside under ‘Study rules'/'Insurance for students’.