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Overview of Danish diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Danish diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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VET Diploma

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2,3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if the applicant’s results comply with the chosen university’s and/or study programme’s standard requirements.

Højere Handelseksamen (HHX)/Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Studentereksamenbevis (STX)/Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Academy Profession degree (AK)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher professional education (Professionsbachelor), sometimes with exemptions.

Professional Bachelor’s degree/professionsbachelor

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in university education (Candidatus/Master’s degree).

Bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) (universiteit)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in university education (Candidatus/Master’s degree).

Candidatus degree (MA/MSc)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.