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Impressive admission to DTU’s study programmes

Tuesday 28 Jul 20


Lars D. Christoffersen
Senior Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs
Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs
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DTU’s 38 study programmes have once again seen an increase in admissions. 2,641 new students will start at DTU compared to 2,426 last year—an increase of 9%.

As a result of the government’s and the Danish parliament’s agreement on more study places for higher education in the light of COVID-19, DTU has this year expanded its number of study places by a total of 330 compared to last year. They are distributed with 265 more study places in the BSc Eng programme and 65 more in the BEng programme.

In the BSc programme, DTU has this year offered study places to a total of 1,623 new undergraduate students compared to 1,367 last year, an increase of 19% compared to 2019.  In the BEng programmes, 1,018 young people have been offered a study place, down 4% on last year.

“We are pleased that so many qualified students have applied to DTU and that this year we have been able to admit even more of our talented applicants,” says Lars D. Christoffersen, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs.

The increase in the BSc programme is mainly due to the expansion of study places in the courses Artificial Intelligence and Data, Design of Sustainable Energy Systems, Human Life Science Engineering, and Software Technology. These courses account for 152 of the additional 265 study places that DTU has offered this year in the BSc Eng programme.

Proportion of women maintained

The significant increase in the number of study places and the removal of the quick start bonus, where students could multiply their grade average according to the 7-point grade scale by 1.08, if they applied for admission within two years of graduation, have resulted in a general fall in the grade averages for higher education in Denmark. This is also true at DTU. However, for nine of DTU’s BSc Eng programmes, the grade average this year is still above 8.0.

In recent years, DTU has had special focus on ensuring a better gender balance at DTU, which is why Lars D. Christoffersen is pleased that DTU has maintained a 37% share of women in the BSc programmes:

“This year has been very different and we have significantly increased enrolment in a number of courses. Some of these are traditionally most popular among men, which is why I’m very pleased that we can maintain last year’s fair share of women in our BSc programmes. For our BEng programmes, the proportion is slightly lower compared to last year—from 28 to 26%—but is still higher than in 2018 and the years before,” he says.

Admission to the two courses DTU offers in Sisimiut in Greenland has almost doubled this year. Last year, 12 were offered a study place; this year it is 23. The new students are distributed with 16 for Arctic Technology and 7 for Fisheries Technology, which was offered for the first time last year.

Vacant places after 28 July

The many new engineering students will be welcomed at DTU on Friday 21 August and will get a broad introduction to the engineering programme during the intro days on the campuses during the weekend and the following week.

The start of the semester and the first day of class for all new DTU students is Monday, 31 September.

Most of DTU’s programmes are full, but from Tuesday 28 July 2020, it will be possible to apply for one of the available study places on The application deadline is 7 August, and applicants will be notified on 14 August.