Credit students

Who can become a credit student?

If you are studying at another Danish department and would like to take individual courses at the Department of Political Science, you can apply to become a credit student. Credit students are admitted to one or more courses for one semester at a time.

If you are studying outside of Denmark or if you have already completed your studies, but would like to take a few additional subjects, you can apply through the Open University.

To become a credit student at the Department of Political Science, it is a requirement that you have an academic background within the core areas of political science (see below), at an introductory and intermediate level, equivalent of at least 30 ECTS credits:

  • International relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Public Administration and Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Social Science Methodology

In addition, it is a requirement that you have passed courses within International relations in order to take elective courses within this field and similarly within the subdisciplines of: Public administration and politics, Political theory, Comparative politics and Social science methodology in order to take elective courses within these areas.

Which courses can you apply for, as a credit student?

You can find courses offered by the Department of Political Science in the Course catalogue of UCPH:

Courses for the spring semester are published on 1 November and courses for the autumn semester are published on 1 May.

Credit students can apply for admission to all courses offered by Department of Political Science except these courses below:

  • Courses that are part of a Core subject Track
  • Compulsory courses on the master's degree programme in Security and Risk Management:
    Security Risk Management, Security Studies, Political Risk Analysis, Knowledge, Production and Evaluation, Organisation and Risk
  • The course, Social Science: Profession and Practice on the master's degree programme in Social Science

The places on the courses are divided according to the lottery principle.

How do you qualify for the credit students’ programme?

You apply for admission to courses as a credit student at the University of Copenhagen by completing one of the two forms below. You must use the first form if you are an active student at The University of Copenhagen and have a login to KUnet, and the other form you need to use if you come from another Danish University.

Application for admission as a credit student from University of Copenhagen

Application for admission as a credit student from another Danish university

(The forms are only active when the application round opens).

You must submit one form per faculty at The University of Copenhagen you are applying for, so if you only want to apply for courses at Faculty of Social Sciences, you only need to submit one form.

As the courses at political science are limited, it is a good idea to add 1-2 extra course wishes if a desired course is to be filled. It is not possible to get on a waiting list.

Necessary appendices

You must attach your transcript of records as documentation of ECTS credits gained on your current study programme. If you have not gained any ECTS, please upload documentation of your enrolment.

If you are applying for courses with specific admission requirements, please attach documentation for fulfilling the requirements as listed below:

Mathematics at B-level in order to enrol in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Methodology 1. You need to have passed Methodology 1 before you can enrol in Methodology 2.


In addition, you must have a pre-approval from your own educational institution. The pre-approval is documentation that the courses you follow here can be transferred to the degree programme on which you are enrolled.

If you are unable to obtain pre-approval before the application deadline, you have the opportunity to submit it later. Use the relevant form below when you want to submit your pre-approval.

Forwarding of pre-approval - Credit transfer student (UCPH student)

Forwarding of pre-approval - Credit transfer student (from another Danish University)

Forwarding of other documentation - Credit transfer student

We need to receive the pre-approval no later than 15 January for the spring semester and 15 August for the autumn semester.

The pre-approval must clearly state which subjects and how many ECTS credits can be transferred to the current programme forwarded as soon as possible.

If you are not an EU/EEA national, you must enclose your residence permit.

Further information

If you cannot find the information you need or are in doubt about anything, you are always welcome to contact the Student Counselling Service via email: or phone: 35 32 46 00.
Place: Centre for Health and Society, office 5.1.46.