Find information about how to apply for an exemption and see what the outcome usually is of a particular type of exemption.

Below you will find a list of the most common types of exemption requests. Following each type of request, there is a description of the common DTU Admissions practice in response to that type of request.

The processing time for an application for exemption is approximately one month from when we receive your exemption request.

Remember: Each application for exemption is reviewed on a case-to-case basis, taking into account an applicant’s personal and specific situation. The information in the table below should therefore be viewed as guidelines rather than definitive responses to each type of request.

Type of exemption
Exemption practice
Entry requirements:  
Academic entry requirements Exemption is not granted
Language requirement Exemption is not granted
Admission criteria for admission to all MSc Eng. programmes (Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor of Natural Science (BSc) degree obtained at an internationally recognized university/higher education institution) Exemption is not granted
DTU’s 10-year rule Exemption may be granted if you have been working in the relevant field of engineering in the last 10 years
Interdisciplinary education Exemption is not granted
Application deadline Exemption is typically not granted
Documentation deadline Exemption is typically not granted
Meeting all admission requirements before study start Exemption is not granted
Language test deadline Exemption is not granted

Exemption from DTU’s 10-year rule

If you wish to apply for exemption from DTU’s 10-year rule, you must fill out our exemption template and upload the supporting documents in the Application portal:

  1. Exemption template
  2. Supporting documents - applicants must provide either employment letters or statements from their employers specifying their work responsibilities within the defined field of Engineering in the last 10 years. We don’t need a detailed explanation for all the work experiences, but a clarification on the main responsibilities and tasks so we can make a scientific evaluation based on employment.

This will be reviewed by the Academic Head of the programme, and a decision on the dispensation will be made accordingly.

Deadlines for applying for exemption

  • Autumn intake – 15 February non-EU/EEA and 01 May EU/EEA
  • Spring intake – 01 October non-EU/EEA and 30 November EU/EEA