Prerequisites

Academic requirements for this programme

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

The following BSc Eng programmes at DTU give students legal right of admission to the MSc Eng Programme in Computer Science and Engineering:

  • Software Technology
  • General Engineering - Cyber Systems

Students from the following bachelor programmes at DTU have access to be admitted to the MSc Eng Programme in Computer Science and Engineering:

  • B Eng in IT (also from the former IHK)
  • B Eng in IT and Economics
  • B Eng in Computer Engineering
  • B Eng in Software Technology

Students from the following bachelor programmes from outside DTU have access to be admitted to the MSc Eng Programme in Computer Science and Engineering:

  • B Eng in ICT (ASE/AU, SDU, VIA, and also from the former IHA)
  • B Eng in Software Technology (AU, SDU)
  • B Eng in Software Technology Engineering (VIA)
  • BSc Eng in Software (AAU)
  • BSc in Computer Science (AAU, AU, KU, RUC, SDU)
  • BSc in Software Development (ITU)
  • BSc in Software Engineering (SDU, University of the Faroe Islands)

Students with similar qualifications can be admitted after individual evaluation.

It is expected that students themselves can acquire any prerequisites within computer science that they may be missing due to an atypical background.

In order to get the optimal benefit of the MSc Eng programme, it is recommended that the elective parts of the bachelor education are used to build up the right prerequisites for the desired study plan.

Students with a BSc Eng in Artificial Intelligence and Data from DTU have access to be admitted subject to having completed courses as follows:

It is mandatory to take at least three of the following courses and it is strongly recommended to take all four:

02141 Computer Science Modelling 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
02156 Logical Systems and Logic Programming 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
02157 Functional Programming 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
02161 Software Engineering 1 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)

Furthermore it is recommended to take at least one of the following courses:

02110 Algorithms and Data Structures 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02155 Computer Architecture and Engineering 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
02158 Concurrent Programming 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02159 Operating Systems 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02162 Software Engineering 2 10 point Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
02170 Database Systems 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)

Students with a BSc Eng in Cyber Technology (previously BSc Eng in Network Technology and IT) from DTU have access to be admitted subject to having completed courses as follows:

It is mandatory to take at least three of the following courses and it is strongly recommended to take all four:

02105 Algorithms and Data Structures 1 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02141 Computer Science Modelling 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
02157 Functional Programming 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
02161 Software Engineering 1 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)

Furthermore it is recommended to take at least two of the following courses:

02110 Algorithms and Data Structures 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02155 Computer Architecture and Engineering 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
02156 Logical Systems and Logic Programming 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
02158 Concurrent Programming 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02159 Operating Systems 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02162 Software Engineering 2 10 point Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
02170 Database Systems 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02180 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)

Students with a BSc Eng in Electrical Engineering from DTU have access to be admitted subject to having completed courses as follows:

It is mandatory to take at least two of the following courses and it is strongly recommended to take all three:

02105 Algorithms and Data Structures 1 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02155 Computer Architecture and Engineering 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
02161 Software Engineering 1 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)

Furthermore it is recommended to take at least two of the following courses:

02110 Algorithms and Data Structures 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02141 Computer Science Modelling 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
02156 Logical Systems and Logic Programming 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
02157 Functional Programming 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
02158 Concurrent Programming 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02159 Operating Systems 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02162 Software Engineering 2 10 point Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
02170 Database Systems 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02180 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)

Students with a BSc Eng in Mathematics and Technology from DTU have access to be admitted subject to having completed courses as follows:

It is mandatory to take at least four of the following courses and it is strongly recommended to take all five:

02105 Algorithms and Data Structures 1 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02141 Computer Science Modelling 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
02156 Logical Systems and Logic Programming 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
02157 Functional Programming 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
02161 Software Engineering 1 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)

Furthermore it is recommended to take at least two of the following courses:

02110 Algorithms and Data Structures 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02155 Computer Architecture and Engineering 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
02158 Concurrent Programming 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
02159 Operating Systems 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02162 Software Engineering 2 10 point Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
02170 Database Systems 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02180 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)

Other students with a relevant BSc Eng or B Eng degree from Denmark maybe admitted subject to an individual evaluation.

The required level may be gauged by comparison with the contents of the DTU courses listed above.

International Applicants (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark)

The MSc in Computer Science and Engineering programme requires a bachelor degree in computer science or related fields, for example a BSc Eng in Software Technology degree. Students with a bachelor degree in related fields can be admitted if they can document competences as described below.

The student must have solid skills in mathematics and thorough knowledge of software development, including:

  • Knowledge of at least one programming language and of general programming paradigms
  • Knowledge of the use of basic data structures for effective realization of algorithms
  • Experience with development of small and medium-sized programs

The student is expected to be generally capable of studying and using new programming languages.

The student must also be able to document competences within several of the following topics:

  • Computer science modelling, including automatons and semantics
  • Databases, including data models and query languages
  • Declarative programming, including functional programming and logic programming
  • Digital systems, including digital electronics, computer architectures and systems construction
  • Concurrency, including concurrent programming and concurrent systems
  • Networks, including web technology and communications networks

The individual study lines and courses may have stricter requirements, and it is a good idea to check them too.

Admission is decided on the basis of the relevance and quality of the bachelor degree. 

International students may have a background that differ from the typical student at the MSc programme and should be willing to acquire by themselves any prerequisites that they may be missing.

 

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE) https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/admission-and-deadlines/language_test_requirements

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/honours-programmes

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on https://www.dtu.dk/english/education/graduate/industry-master-of-science-in-engineering