Academic Life

The academic year

The academic year at DTU is divided into periods of courses,exam periods and periods where you focus on one specific topic or case.
Overview of the academic year at DTU

DTU Inside

DTU’s intranet, ‘DTU Inside', is where you register for courses and exams, access news and data related to your studies, and exchange files, messages, and much more with your professors and fellow students.

DTU Inside contains the page ’Education' with information intended particularly for students. The page provides information on, for instance, classrooms, DTU contacts, deadlines, and exam periods. You will also find announcements posted by the Study Information, which you need to keep an eye on.

Using 'My courses and Groups' and 'Toolbox' you can register for courses and exchange files, messages, and lots of other things with your fellow students. Here you can also access study-related data, such as grades and timetables.

Use your DTU password to log on DTU Inside.

Avoid plagiarism

As a student at DTU, you are covered by the same rules and academic principles that apply to our lecturers and researchers.

Most importantly, you must never copy (plagiarize) other people’s ideas, thoughts, reports, or articles. You may, however, quote other people’s ideas, thoughts, reports, or articles. This means that you must be very clear when you quote other people’s work in your own work.

For example, when you quote someone by reproducing or directly copying a section from a text, you must use quotation marks and indicate the source as a reference.

Moreover, you must not copy your own previous assignments, reports, etc. without stating the source. The rule is that when written work from DTU or another educational institution already has been submitted for assessment, it must subsequently be quoted.

To ensure that the rules on plagiarism are complied with, DTU uses anti-plagiarism software. DTU therefore requires that all reports are submitted electronically.

Early commencement of MSc programme

When you have been offered admission/conditional admission to the MSc programme - and have thus also completed any supplementary courses—you may take courses from the MSc programme in the 3-week periods preceding the study start. If you are enrolled in the MSc programme by 1 February, you may therefore take a course in January, and if you are enrolled by 1 September, you may take courses in June, July, and August.

If you wish to apply for registration for courses before the formal study start of the MSc programme, you must write from your student email to and provide information about the course(s) - with statement of the course number(s) - that you are interested in taking.

You must apply for early study start no later than on 20 December and 14 days before the course start in the summer, respectively.

The Danish MSc Admissions Office will note that you take the course and change your enrolment date, before the Study Administration signs you up for the course (if you can, you must register for the course yourself via Study Planner ( within the registration and withdrawal deadlines (DTU Inside - requires login) for the teaching period in question, so remember to apply well in advance. 

Please note, that in most cases, you will not be able to sign up for the courses yourself through the Study planner. Even though you have been granted early study start you will not able to see the courses in your Study Planner. You will be able to see the course material in DTU Learn as soon as the course responsible activates the course. 

Study abroad

There is ample opportunity to take part of your study programme abroad when studying at DTU. DTU has exchange agreements with approximately 180 institutions around the world. DTU also has some very unique dual degree programmes and partnership agreements which you can benefit from.

Read more about studying abroad

PhD education

Undertaking a PhD education is for students who want to continue studying, and have a desire to go into depth with a specialized area of study. A typical PhD lasts for around 3 years, if you want to learn more about this opportunity, click on the link below.

Read more about the three-year PhD education

Student Guide

For more information on studying at DTU and student life af DTU, please see our Student guide