Applicant without formal eligibility master´s level

This is how DOCH assesses prior learning and applications for exemption to the master´s level.

Prior learning/exemption

You can apply for recognition of prior learning/applications for exemption if you do not have the formal qualifications and grades needed for the entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements.

For programmes in the second cycle (master studies)

This is based on the higher education Ordinance ch. 7 paragraph 3 of section 28, as well as on the local regulations on DOCH.

Prior learning and exemptions

You can apply for recognition of prior learning/application for exemptions from the general entry requirements if you don't have a Bachelor's degree and/or if you do not meet possible specific entry requirements.

Prior learning

An applicant may be considered to have acquired skills equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, by other studies than university studies and/or by work experience.

In order to apply for recognition of prior learning, you have to send in a letter (enclosure 4) where you explain why you think you have the skills equivalent to the general entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements. You should also send documentation of studies and/or work experience. DOCH then compares the stated entry requirements to the skills you've referred to. The head of the department decides if your prior learning meet the general entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements for the programme you apply to.


If DOCH can’t give you recognition of prior learning we will assess whether or not we can grant exemption from the entry requirements. DOCH can only grant exemptions from the entry requirements if we estimate that you will be able to cope with the studies. When you apply for recognition of prior learning/application for exemption, you should specify from which entry requirement/s that you want an exemption, and explain why you consider that you will cope with the studies. The head of Department decides on exemptions. When we assess whether or not you should be granted the exemption, we look at the same documents as for the decision on recognition of prior learning.

For your application for recognition of prior learning/exemption, you should send in:

  • A letter in which you apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption and justify why you think you will cope with the studies

The CV that you submit with your application has to be detailed and supported by attachments. You can support your CV with certificates from employers, or others who you have worked with, programmes, reviews, or similar. The CV should contain your professional experience within the art field, but also other professional experience that can provide the skills contained in the expected learning outcomes of a Bachelor's degree. (see below). Trainings/courses are also important.

After the last date of application, DOCH will invite you to take a test at DOCH. You will receive information on how the test will be done. DOCH will assess your prior learning or the possibility to give you an exemption from how you demonstrate that you can use your skills in comparison to the learning outcomes that are described below. We will make an overall assessment of your letter, the merits you show in your CV and how you've solved the task.

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