Flexible Master (continuing education)

A flexible master’s programme is a continuing education programme; a part-time vocational education with a prescribed period of study and a total of 60 ECTS-points. The majority of students maintain a full-time job while studying for their master’s degree.

The flexible master is an individually planned master’s programme. You can combine elements from various established programmes - and within all academic disciplines at DTU - to custom-design your own flexible programme.  

Is a flexible master’s the same as a Master of Science programme?

No, the two educations are not the same.

Flexible master

A flexible master has a vocational dimension that the Master of Science programme lacks. In order to be enrolled in a flexible master’s programme at all, you must have at least two years of relevant work experience - in addition to having obtained a bachelor’s degree. During your studies you will follow advanced courses, obtain a total of 60 ECTS-points and the academic title of ‘Master’.

Master of Science

A Master of Science programme is an education on a higher academic level. Students do not have to have any relevant work experience, but they embark to two years of full-time studies, follow advanced courses, and obtain a total of 120 ECTS-points and the academic title of ‘Master of Science’ (MSc).

Price and tuition fees

You have to pay to be enrolled in a part-time education. The price depends on the course you have chosen.

You can only apply as a flexible master student with a foreign academic background if you have a residence permit for Denmark issued for other reasons. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you can apply directly since you do not need a visa. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen we need to see a copy of your residence permit before we can enroll you under the flexible master studies.


The application deadline for the flexible master's programme is 1 May for the fall semester and 1 November for the spring semester.

How to get started

If you wish to apply for admission to the flexible master’s programme, you should fill in the application form and send it (by email or surface mail) to the office for continuing education

Include copies of the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Your CV
  • A certified copy of original diploma for prior education
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of minimum two years of relevant work experience
  • A copy of your residence permit (only if you are not an EU/EEA citizen)

When we have received all documents, we will carry out a preliminary screening. If you meet the admission requirements, your papers will then be forwarded to the department that match your field of interest.    

A supervisor will be assigned to you at the department, and together you will develop your individual education plan. Once the education plan has been approved - and signed - by the supervisor and the study board at the department you are ready for enrolment in a flexible master’s programme. Enrolment is only possible at the start of a semester.

Please be advised that it can take as much as three months from the receipt of your application at DTU before an education plan is completed.

What must the education plan contain?

The individual education plan is developed in accordance with the study plan.

The education plan must include the following:

  • The admission
  • The academic profile of the education, including the main field and the level of competence
  • Combination of courses and their ECTS-points
  • Any courses passed at Open University
  • An indication of which university you intend to follow or have followed courses
  • A statement of which courses are assessed using the 7-point grading scale and which courses are assessed using external grading
  • The order in which the courses are to be completed and a time schedule for the completion

Which courses can I choose?

As a student in a flexible master’s programme you can register for master level courses offered under Open University:

See courses at the course base

You can find the curriculum here (available only in Danish).

Enrolment to the courses is done via CampusNet, the eLearning platform at DTU. Once admitted to the flexible master, you will receive additional information.


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