Registration and withdrawal

All activities that form part of the programme must be assessed. To obtain an assessment, students must be registered for the exam in the activity. Students may not participate in an exam or have, for example, a substitution paper assessed if they are not registered for the exam in the course.

Students cannot register for exams in courses that have already been passed (grade 02 or higher or ‘Pass’).

How to register and deregister for exams
All course registrations are automatically transferred to exam registrations. The transfer takes place right after the deadline for the exam registration. Students are responsible for all other exam registration.

It is the student’s responsibility to check that the exam registrations are correct.

The student must be aware that registration and deregistration for the exam take place via Course registration takes place via the Study Planner. Therefore, the student's check of whether the exam registrations are correct takes place at That is also where the student can unsubscribe and register for exams in other courses than those that have been transferred from the course registrations, e.g. a re-exam.

Students can find the deadlines for exam registrations etc., at DTU Inside under Study rules'/'Exam'/‘Registration deadlines for courses and examinations’.

Registration for the exam after the deadline
The possibility of being registered for an exam after the expiry of the registration deadline has been tightened in connection with the summer examination term S21. Post-registration for the exam/re-exam can only take place for students who, due to special circumstances, have not been able to register for the exam during the ordinary registration period. Special conditions can be:

  • The student has been awaiting a decision from the Board of Exemptions regarding an additional examination attempt or a decision regarding exam cheating. 
  • Own illness or illness/death in the immediate family.
  • Special permits from a course coordinator, e.g. in connection with exam prerequisites approved after the registration deadline.

An electronic application form can be found at DTU Inside after the exam registration deadline has expired under 'Study rules'/'Exam'/'Registration and deregistration deadlines'. The application must be accompanied by documentation regarding the special circumstances.

When does a course become binding?
Registration is binding after the deadline for exam withdrawal. An exam attempt has been used even if the student does not participate in the exam unless the student can document illness. Find more information at DTU Inside on 'Study rules'/'Exam'/'Ilness in connection with exams'. The student must be aware that a course remains binding, even if the student can document illness at the exam.

If the student does not withdraw from his/her first exam attempt in a course before the deadline, the course registration is binding and the course becomes part of the student’s programme specification. The student must pass the course to complete the programme, cf. DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Teaching'/'Binding courses'.

Before the exam takes place, a student may apply for an exemption from the deregistration deadline for the exam if there are unusual circumstances that reason why the student could not deregister for the exam within the applicable deadline. A student who is granted an exemption for the deregistration deadline will be unsubscribed from the exam/exam attempt. A student who has not yet used an examination attempt in the course will no longer be bound by the course. Find more information on exemption at Study rules'/'Exemption, leave and maternity/paternity leave'/'Exemption'.

Once the student has used an exam attempt in a course, the possibility of having an exemption from the course binding is minimal. Find more information on exemption at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Exemption, leave and maternity/paternity leave'/'Exemption'.

Registration for second and third exam attempt
Students must register for and withdraw from any subsequent second or third exam attempt within the current deadlines. Find more information under 'Exam attempts' below. Similarly, students who have withdrawn from their first exam attempt in a course must register for a new exam in the course unless they register for the course once more.

Overlap of exams in time
If, after the publication of the dates for written exams, it transpires that a student has registered for two exams that overlap, the student is entitled to withdraw from one of the written exams and instead take the exam in question in the next (re-)exam period. The same applies to oral exams if the student cannot arrange a different examination time for the oral exam with the examiner. The student must contact the Study Administration using their contact form or, if you are an external party, by writing to before the exam is held.

Exam in final projects, project courses, and internship
BEng projects, BSc projects, and MSc theses also conclude with an exam (an oral defence), but registration is made by the main supervisor for the final project via the project reporting system. The same applies to project courses and internships.

Special rules apply for exam registration for guest students and students in part-time programmes. These rules are accessible on DTU's webpage.

Exam attempts
Students are entitled to three exam attempts in each course or project.

Even though several versions of the same course with different course numbers may be available, students only have three exam attempts. That also includes one or more exam attempts used under the vacant place scheme (vacant place on DTU’s courses offered to students as a part-time programme). Several versions of the same course both cover courses with different course numbers and/or titles and courses that are not applicable to other courses.

It counts as an exam attempt if a student does not participate in an exam and gets the grade EM (Not met). Read more at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Exam'/'Assessment forms and grading'. The only exception is where the student can present documentation of illness. Read more about the rules at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Exam'/'Illness in connection with exams'.

It also counts as an exam attempt if the student does not meet any exam prerequisites, e.g. compulsory assignments, and the deadline for registering for the exam has been exceeded. The student will then receive the registration IG (Not approved). Read more at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Exam'/'Assessment forms and grading'.

Courses with part-exams
Even if a student has passed one or more part-exams in a course, this does not count as an exam attempt if the student withdraws from the exam within the current deadlines. At the first (re)exam, already approved exam prerequisites or/and passed part-exams will continue to be valid. In addition, the general rules apply:

  • that the student can only participate in an offered re-exam without having participated in the previous ordinary exam in a course, provided that the student meets the prerequisites for participation in the ordinary exam, and
  • that in a course with part-exams, the re-exam is merely a repetition of the final part-exam in the course. 

If the student wishes to register for the course again, exam prerequisites/part-exams may be re-taken. The rules on re-exams can be found at DTU Inside under ‘Study rules'/'Exam'/'Re-exams’

Used up exam attempts
Students who do not pass a third exam attempt are obliged to apply for an exemption to be granted an additional exam attempt immediately after the announcement of the grade for the third exam attempt. If they fail to do so, the student will no longer be entitled to be enrolled in the study programme and may be disenrolled in connection with one of the half-yearly rule checks made by the Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs. Rules on exemption can be found on DTU Inside under Study rules'/'Exemption, leave and maternity/paternity leave'/'Exemption'.