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ECTS explained

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a method of measuring your study programme as academic currency. ECTS is used all over Europe and enables you to easily compare study programmes and transfer your academic qualifications from one educational institution to another. Its aim is to makes programmes and the performance of students of higher education more transparent and comparable European-wide and to replace or complement the different local (national) standards within Europe.

The use of ECTS points is compulsory in higher education in Europe. All Danish higher education programmes are described according to ECTS as a system for both credit transfer and academic credit accumulation towards the final degree.
ECTS-credits.

One year of studies corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits and one semester corresponds to 30 ECTS-credits . A 3-year Bachelors programme has therefore 180 ECTS-credits; a 2-year Masters programme 120 ECTS-credits. On average, one ECTS credit point equals between 25-30 working hours. The number of credits awarded for each course varies depending on the workload.

For more elaborate information about ECTS, please see the ECTS Users' guide...

ECTS grading scale vs. Danish grading scale