PhD students from other universities can take courses at DTU. As a guest PhD student you can attend courses from our master's and PhD programmes. Classes are conducted together with the students at DTU and classes are held in the daytime.
As a guest student you must register via the link on this page. If you are visiting DTU in connection with individual project work, please state this in the registration form.
General information about the Vacant Place Scheme:
Guest PhD students can with some exceptions apply to all courses at DTU. Please check the Course catalogue for detailed descriptions of each course.
How to read a course description
The same model is used to describe each course. Some of the items are explained below.
- Non-PhD courses must be offered under "Open University" in order for guest PhD students to be able to attend the course.
- Basic courses are the Department Preliminary Courses. These courses exist as a rule for at least three years.
- "Initiative courses" can start and stop with short notice, e.g. study groups which reflect research activities, or the courses which satisfy students´ wishes.
If the course description contains English as "The language of Instruction," English speaking students can attend the course. The course will be held in English or the teacher will organize a special session for English speaking students. If Danish is indicated as "The language of Instruction" the course will be held in Danish.
The workload related to the course is quoted in ECTS-points (European Standard) where 60 points equals one year's workload (classes exercises, preparation and exams included).
Not applicable together with
Courses that are not eligible for points along with the particular course.
This section indicates any courses you must have passed before you can register for the course. Quite a few guest PhD students have qualifications from other courses. If you have any questions concerning the requirements, please contact the contact person mentioned in the course description.
This section indicates courses, which are basic for the background course. If you have any questions concerning your qualifications, please contact the course instructor.
Recommended semester plans
The recommended period during studies to take the specific course. This indicates the level of the course.
This section indicates the maximum number of students who can attend the course due to limited apparatus etc. If the number of students signed up for a course exceeds the number of seats available, there will be a draw for the seats. Students enrolled at DTU, who have signed up in due time, will have priority.
The timetable is identical for autumn and spring. E stands for the autumn (Danish efterår) semester and F stands for the spring (Danish forår) semester.
If the description of the course refers to F3 in the timetable, the course is held in the spring in group 3 (both 3A and 3B) i.e. Tuesday 8-12 am and Friday 13-17 pm. E3 indicates that the course will be held in the autumm both 3A and 3B.
If the timetable states e.g. F-3A, the course is held in the spring in timetable group 3A i.e. Tuesday 8-12 am. Similarly, E-5B indicates that the course is held in autumn in 5B, Wednesday 13-17 pm.
The Examination Timetable shows the dates of the examination for all courses. Several courses are evaluated based on reports without actual examinations.
Method of Evaluation
This paragraph explains the methods of the examination (written or oral examination or handing in of reports).
Other relevant information.
Aims of the Course
A description of the knowledge the student is expected to have achieved at the examination.
Content of the Course
Summary of the contents of the course.
The contact person mentioned can provide further information about the course.
PhD students from other universities fulfil the general entry qualifications required by DTU.
Most courses last 13 weeks (one semester) divided between 3-7 hours per week plus homework. The 13-week period starts twice a year: the first week in September (the autumn semester) and the first week in February (the spring semester).
Beside these courses, DTU offers shorter courses in January and June. These courses have full-time tuition every day and last between 1½ to 3 weeks.
Courses only for PhD students are typically independent from the normal semester schedule and the time will usually appear from the course description.
When registered for a course, you are automatically registered for the examination. Your grades will be shown on CampusNet, the web-based information system for DTU. You have three successive tries for an examination in case you fail or you can show an official report that you were ill (two re-examinations). If you want to register for a re-examination, please contact the PhD office in the following periods:
For the summer examination: 1 April - 15 April.
For the winter examination: 15 October - 1 November.
Guest PhD students from EU and the Nordic countries do not have to pay tuition fees although there may be fees for materials. Guest PhD students from other countries must contact the department regarding the price of the courses.
13-week period / autumn: 12 August
3-week period / January: 1 December
13-week period / spring: 12 January
3-week period / June: 15 May
If there are more applicants than vacant seats, seats will be assigned on the principle first come first serve. It is recommended to apply in due time.
For PhD courses, the deadline for enrolment may vary. This will appear from the course description.
You can apply for courses by filling in the electronic application form.
Please note that some PhD courses require registration with the teacher.
Also, remember to send a copy of your valid student ID or other documentation, which clearly states that you are studying. Otherwise you will be charged a tuition fee.
Course acceptance letter
Within 2-3 weeks after the deadline for course registration, you will receive a letter announcing whether you have been admitted to the course(s).
As soon as possible after the evaluation of the course you will receive a grade transcript in Danish and English.