The standard period of study is four semesters which corresponds to 120 ECTS, consisting of three semesters of course work, and a master’s thesis that is usually written during the fourth semester.
For students enrolled at DTU the options are as follows:
Option 1: First year at DTU, second year at TUM:
- The student must pass 30 ECTS General Competences and 30 ECTS Technology Specialization, the majority of which should be taken during the first year at DTU, but some courses can be transferred from the second year at TUM.
- In the third semester at TUM, the students have the opportunity to attend courses and at the same time establish the research project they will pursue for their Master's thesis.The Master’s thesis is worth 30 ECTS, and the attended courses are worth up to 20 ECTS.
- The students will have a main supervisor at DTU, an external supervisor at TUM and will eventually be required to defend their thesis at DTU.
Option 2: First year at TUM, second year at DTU:
- During the first two semesters at TUM, and the third semester at DTU, the student must pass courses corresponding to 30 ECTS General Competences and 30 ECTS Technology Specialization.
- The requirements for the general competence courses proving A) general engineering competences, B) experimental competences, C) numerical competences, and D) theoretical competences can be replaced by appropriate corresponding courses at TUM upon approval by the program coordinators.
- The student will write a thesis at DTU following the usual requirements at DTU.
As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan. The study plan must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from each institution must approve the study plan of each student involved in the programme.
For DTU students a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution. This can either be in the first and the second semester (master's thesis conducted at the home institution), or the third and fourth semester (master's thesis conducted at the host institution).
As described above, the master thesis is usually conducted during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The thesis supervisor at the institution where the master thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and will thus have the primary responsibility for the student. Local thesis rules will apply.
For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defense according to the rules and regulations of the university where the master thesis has been conducted and with the participation of both supervisors.
For DTU students, the master thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the Master degree diploma. The grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor and an external examiner according to the Danish rules and regulations on examination.