What is prerequisite studies?
Prerequisite studies are courses and/or projects at bachelor's level from one of Roskilde University’s bachelor's programmes. If you are required to complete prerequisite studies, you must do so before you begin the actual master’s programme.
The University may require you to complete prerequisite studies, if your bachelor's degree is not in itself sufficient for admission to a specific master's programme. Please note that you will not be offered prerequisite studies, if you lack courses/projects that amounts to more than 30 ECTS points. The University will make this assessment once your application is received.
If you are required to complete prerequisite studies, your admission letter will explain this condition and name the specific courses/project you must complete as prerequisite studies.
If you accept your admission with this condition, you will automatically be enrolled at prerequisite studies. If you complete your prerequisite courses, you will automatically be enrolled at the master’s programme.
Payment for prerequisite studies
Both Danish and international students must pay tuition fees for the prerequisite studies. The fees corresponds to the tuition fees for guest students:
Tuition fees for EU and EAA guest students
Please note that you are not entitled to receive SU while you are completing prerequisite studies.
How to complete prerequisite studies?
Roskilde University offers two types of prerequisite studies. You can either be required to complete prerequisite studies as a summer school or during one semester. You cannot choose the type of prerequisite studies. The University makes this decision.
Summer School during July and August (10 ECTS)
The prerequisite studies to be completed during a summer school are only offered for admission to the master’s programme in Social Entrepreneurship & Management and the master’s programme in Spatial Design and Society.
Find more information about the prerequisite studies offered during July and August here.
Prerequisite studies that last for one semester (from 5-30 ECTS)
The prerequisite studies are offered for the semester that you have applied for admission to. If you pass the prerequisite studies, you will commence the master’s programme the following semester.
If I am offered conditional admission with the requirement of completing prerequisite studies, can I select another priority?
No. If you have applied for admission to more than one master’s programme and are offered conditional admission to a master’s programme with the requirement of completing prerequisite studies first, you cannot change to a lower priority. You will only receive an offer to the highest priority where you can qualify for admission by completing prerequisite studies - even if you might be able to be admitted to a lower priority without the requirement of prerequisite studies.
Since the requirement of prerequisite studies is based on an individual assessment of your educational background once we have received the application, we can unfortunately not inform you beforehand, if you will be required to complete prerequisite studies for a specific master’s programme.
Non-EU/EEA citizens cannot be granted a residence permit based on prerequisite studies
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen that needs a residence permit based on studies, you can unfortunately not get a residence permit based on prerequisite studies.
This means that if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen that needs a residence permit based on studies, you cannot be admitted with the condition that you complete prerequisite studies.
If Roskilde University has to send you a letter of refusal based on this reason, it will be specifically explained in the letter of refusal.