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Part-time MSc Eng programmes

Monday 16 Apr 18
by Søren Ravn


Philip John Binning
Senior Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs
Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs
+45 21 73 83 09
Dean welcomes new four-year MSc Eng programme combining study and part-time employment.

From autumn 2018, DTU will offer students the chance to complete an MSc Eng degree in four years instead of two.

This initiative is part of a pilot scheme recently introduced by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

The idea behind the scheme is to give students the opportunity to complete an MSc Eng programme while working a minimum of 25 hours per week for a company or public organization. The hope is that this will better equip industry to employ qualified labour while helping the students to combine their theoretical knowledge with specific tasks.

Initially, the scheme will encompass two MSc Eng programmes at DTU, namely Civil Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. And as Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs, Philip John Binning explains, the choice of these two programmes is far from random:

"The academic requirements will not be compromised. The students will simply have two more years in which to complete their degree."
Dean Philip John Binning

“The main reason is that these programmes are two of our largest in terms of student intake, thus ensuring that there is sufficient volume of students to get the scheme off to a flying start. That said, it’s no secret that over the long term we would very much like to see the scheme rolled out to all our master's study programmes, as close ties to the business community are crucial to DTU.”

There is nothing new about students combining their studies with practical work experience. In recent years, however, The Study Progress Reform has meant reduced flexibility for students completing programmes in the prescribed time. Thanks to the pilot scheme, students will now have the opportunity to forge close, relevant ties with the business community—something that DTU truly welcomes, says Philip John Binning.

He makes no secret of the fact that the scheme will require both committed and disciplined students. Even though the study programme is part-time, the students must—as mentioned—work a minimum of 25 hours a week. The scheme will also require a degree of flexibility during particularly busy periods—from both the University and the workplace.

“The academic requirements will not be compromised. The students will simply have two more years in which to complete their degree, which is why, generally speaking, a 25-hour working week is a realistic threshold. For DTU, the part-time study programme is ideal. Collaboration with the business sector is a vital part of our DNA, and already half of our student projects are being developed in close cooperation with the business sector,” he says.

The scheme also exists for those engaged in business start-ups. They will continue to be able to operate their business with a minimum of 25 hours of work per week. The dean also expects the scheme to be of interest to BEng graduates with a few years’ professional experience behind them. The idea of supplementing their studies with an master's degree has perhaps been on their mind for a few years, but they wanted to continue working—now they can do both.