The Curriculum for Master in Intelligence and Cyber studies

Study Board for Continuing and Higher Education in Health & Social Sciences
Programme titles:
  • Master i intelligence og cyber studier
  • Master in Intelligence and Cyber studies
ECTS value: 60
Cities: Odense
Semesters: Autumn, Springx
Effective date of the curriculum: 01-09-2021
Applicable for students enrolled from : 01-09-2021

§ 1 - Description of the Programme

§ 1.1 - Programme

Programme titles

Master in Intelligence and Cyber studies (Master of)

Ministerial orders

Bekendtgørelse af lov om åben uddannelse (erhvervsrettet voksenuddannelse) m.v. (LBK nr 609 af 28/05/2019)

Bekendtgørelse om masteruddannelser ved universiteterne (masterbekendtgørelsen) (BEK nr 19 af 09/01/2020)

Bekendtgørelse om eksamen og censur ved universitetsuddannelser (eksamensbekendtgørelsen) (BEK nr 22 af 09/01/2020)

Bekendtgørelse om deltidsuddannelse ved universiteterne (deltidsbekendtgørelsen) (BEK nr 24 af 09/01/2020)

Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of Study Programmes Offered under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (the Grading Scale Order) (BEK nr 114 af 03/02/2015)

ECTS value


Academic Study Board

Study Board for Continuing and Higher Education in Health & Social Sciences


Danish, English




Autumn, Spring


Professional Master

§ 1.2 - Aim of Programme, including any professional profile and specialisations

Master's degrees are research-based higher educations within the continuing education system for adults, which aims to provide students with a practical professional experience and a previous educational background, a higher education in a specialised field or in a broader perspective in an academic or multidisciplinary field.

A Master's degree shall, on a scientific basis, provide students with knowledge, skills and competences that qualify them to be able to perform highly qualified functions in companies, institutions, etc. Each Master's degree must ensure that the student is able to use the scientific methods and concepts of the subject in connection with:

  • assessment and solution of theoretical and practical issues,
  • dissemination of professional issues and solution proposals to peers and non-specialists,
  • management and development of complex work situations,
  • self-establishment of professional and interdisciplinary cooperation, and
  • own professional development.

The Master's programme in Intelligence and Cyber studies is rated at 60 ECTS, which corresponds to the work of a full-time student for 1 year, but the teaching is organised so that full-time workers can follow and complete the degree over 2-4 years.

The study board’s additional provisions:

The Master´s programme entitles you to the designated title Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies (MICS) with a possible specialisation in either Intelligence or Cyber Studies. The English term for the Master´s programme is Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies (MICS) with the referred to specialisation.Specialisation is achieved in the 2nd and 3rd semesters through, for example, the selection of specialised subjects on either intelligence or cyber, or the option of selecting from a catalogue of electives covering both specialisations.  It is also possible to combine subjects crossing over to a more general profile.

Students who do not wish to participate in all elements of the Master´s programme can be enrolled as single subject students if the entry requirements for the individual subject in question are met by the student, and if the university finds the enrolment appropriate from a practical and pedagogical point of view. 

Due to the academic progression, the single subject student is expected to have acquired the same academic prerequisites as the ordinary students when choosing subjects.

Certificates will be issued for passed single subjects. 

The Master´s programme is offered in a cooperation between the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and the Royal Defence College (FAK). The teaching is divided between the two institutions in order to take advantage of the different core competences of the two institutions. teaching and residential courses can take place at both locations.

Specialisation opportunities 

  • The line of intelligence 

In a world characterised by uncertainty and large amounts of information, porous borders and the digitalisation of virtually all socially relevant functions the state and private actors are challenged by this. The field of intelligence and security policy is therefore a fast growing area, both as an academic subject and in a broader societal context, that extends far beyond the traditional intelligence environment. More than ever national governments, international agencies and international companies face a persistent challenge in organising themselves against a complex environment with many types of actors, threats and moments of uncertainty. The direction of intelligence prepares the students on how to control, limit and in some circumstances, exploit uncertainty. On the programme the students will work with the classical intelligence organisation and with other variations of both traditional and new forms of intelligence gathering and analysis. 

  • The line of cyber

Hostile actions in the cyber domain are an increasingly present threat that could challenge the cohesive force, policy-making, economic and social foundations of any organisation, whether this be a state, public institutions or a private business. The technological development, digitalisation and increased dependence on networked systems have led to new vulnerabilities in every corner of society. The line of cyber prepares the students on how active engagement in the cyber domain can help counteract risks and exploit the cyber domain´s potential for the benefit of the individual company or organisation. The cyber line on the MICS programme builds up and strengthens the ability to apply social science approaches to cyber studies with a focus on the political, economical and social dimensions of the cyber domain. Likewise the programme will provide practical knowledge and tools on legislation in the field, cyber security and cyber awareness. 

  • The line of intelligence and cyber

On the general line the subjects on cyber and intelligence are combined forming a more general profile to match the individual students professional background and interests. The student can choose between the electives and (if there is space) specialisation subjects, and workshop subjects.

§ 1.3 - Didactic and pedagogical basis

The underlying educational principles at the University of Southern Denmark are Active Teaching and Learning. Teaching at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences must live up to these principles, and the students, staff and management share the responsibility of ensuring that the principles are met throughout the entire course of study. The overall goal is to improve student learning on the basis of academic competency, academic development and pedagogical innovation in a committed learning community.

The study board's comments on the local implementation of the guiding principles in relation to the programme

The underlying educational principles are enabling teaching and active learning based on the students' own practical experience. The overall goal is to increase student learning outcomes based on academic competency, academic development and pedagogical innovation in a binding learning community. The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Royal Defence College have a shared responsibility to ensure that the teaching can live up to these principles, as the students and the teachers of the Master´s programme are jointly responsible for the realisation of the principles throughout the course of study. The guiding principles are implemented at the level of education and teaching on the initiative of the individual head of studies and professional lecturer with support from the Department of Political Science at SDU and from the Department of Military Technology and the Institute of Military Operations at the Royal Defence College. The impact of the implementation for the Master´s programme as a whole is stated in the curriculum, and the importance of the planning of and conduction of teaching and examinations is unfolded in the individual course description and teaching plan.

Based on the competence profile, the Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies is particularly focused on teaching forms that ensure the transfer of the learned from the learning situation to the master's student's own practice and the intelligence or cyber-related challenges that he or she faces in his or her day-to-day work within public authorities, relevant institutions or in private companies.

The teaching is supported as much as possible by action learning principles and based on the participants' own cases and problems. Teaching and testing/examinations will link specific issues and key challenges from the participant's own environment to theory and concepts that can help structure and strengthen the work with specific intelligence or cyber-related issues. This form of teaching presupposes that the participant is motivated to work actively with his own practice during the course of the programme, which can thus also lead to an expectation that the teachers, to the best of their abilities, are able to understand the practical challenges that the master student faces in his or her daily work.

Professional and societal connection

The Master´s programme is rooted in a strong and prioritised security policy research environment, focusing on socially relevant issues and the consequences of rapid change at a national, international and global level. The Master´s programme thus reflects on the actual development of society and an increasing need for new knowledge-building and new competences within both the government and the private sector.

An Advisory Board has been set up to advise the Master´s programme´s studies management:

  • by contributing to visions of the future and to the development of strategies that reflect societal development and needs;
  • on changing competency requirements in intelligence and cyber-related matters
  • by asking critical questions about the overall content and structural planning of the Master´s programme, and
  • by generally dealing with internal and external evaluations of the Master´s programme and also by proposing new measures to the Master´s programme.

The professional competency goals of the Master´s programme is evident under the section The structure of the programme

§ 2 - Enrollment

§ 2.1 - The programme´s academic prerequisites and requirements for occupation/professional experience

The applicant must have at least two years of relevant professional experience after the qualifying exam. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the applicant's professional experience as a whole to the master programme.

The applicant should have English language skills that are adequate enough for English language teaching to be followed and read, and also be able to understand the English-language curriculum.

See § 2.3 for details. 

§ 2.2 - Tuition

Master's degree is a self paying programme as in accordance with the rules of the Ministerial Order on Part-Time Courses at Universities (part-time ministerial order). There is a charge for participation in the teaching, including tests and other assessments.

Information on payment, pricing structure and what the payment covers can be found under on the study side of the Master´s programme. See also under the section Forms of assessment for provisions around test trials and payment.  

The university may terminate enrolment when the payment no longer covers this. 

Students enrolled as single subject students will pay the current price for the subject.

§ 2.3 - Entry requirements

According to the Master's ministerial order, access to the master programmes is subject to the completion of at least one of the following relevant  educational qualifications:

  • Master degree
  • bachelor's degree,
  • professional bachelor´s degree, 
  • diploma training completed as a regulated course, or 
  • foreign education at the same level. 

Applicants must have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience after completion of a qualifying education. 

The university may enroll applicants who do not meet the conditions above but who, on the basis of a specific assessment, are deemed to have equivalent educational qualifications, including applicants who have completed a diploma as a flexible course. The university may establish that the applicant shall submit additional tests no later than before the commencement of study.

The study board´s additional provisions:

Below are examples of further education that give access to admission to the MICS programme, subject to relevant work experience:

  • Professional bachelor´s degree within the areas of public administration, IT, bachelor of engineering, communication, security, strategy and economics.
  • Bachelor´s or a full time Master´s degree within the areas of political science, law, psychology, language, economics, physics, mathematics, computer science and software development.

The educational institution can grant access to the Master´s programme in MICS for those applicants who do not meet the educational requirements, but who, based on a correct professional assessment are deemed to have the necessary prerequisites to be able to complete the programme with. Such a concrete assessment can include a motivational application including a biography and if possible a personal interview together with/ or an additional test. The additional test must be passed. 

An exemption from the work experience requirements is not possible. 

Language proficiency when tendering in English

Applicants must be able to document their English skills in accordance with SDU´s applicable language requirements

§ 3 - Structure and Progression

§ 3.1 - The structure of the programme

The Study Board’s additional provision:

A Master's degree constitutes an independently rounded programme. The Master´s programme allows for ample flexibility as well as specialisation along the way. In addition to this teaching will be conducted either online or as focused teaching days and residential courses.

The Master´s programme ends with a Master´s thesis on a self-selected subject. The Master´s programme can also be completed with a Certificate Project after completing subjects totaling 30 ECTS-points, as the certificate course consists of 35 ECTS-points in total. A certificate course cannot include merited subjects from other Master´s programmes.

The Master´s programme is structured in a way resembling that of a "tunnel principle", where in the first semester the students have the choice of 3 basic subjects (the first basic subject is mandatory for those wishing to take either the full Master´s programme or the certificate project of 35 ECTS-points). Together they build on a broad knowledge of the historical and institutional development of, and the practical challenges within the field. The second semester focuses on practical and craftsmanlike issues and methods, either within the field of intelligence or cyber. The semester ends with a practical foresight analysis workshop. In the third semester there is the possibility of immersion in electives, preparation of the Master´s thesis as well as an Intelligence simulation workshop. The fourth semester focuses exclusively on the Master´s thesis

The Master´s programme consists of the following elements:

Mandatory subjects see below.

  • Basic subjects in cyber and intelligence (3 x 5 ECTS- points), basic subject 1 From Cold War Espionage to Cyberwars is mandatory for all those who aim to complete the full master programme.
  • Practice based specialisation course within either intelligence or cyber (10 ECTS-points) - specialisation subject + at least one elective within specialisation is mandatory, if specialisation is preferred.
  • Practical workshop - based courses ( 2x 5 ECTS- points)
  • Electives within both specialisation subjects ( minimum 5 ECTS-points)
  • Preparation of the Master´s thesis (5 ECTS-points) - mandatory subjects for all those who aim to write a master´s project
  • Master´s thesis (15 ECTS-points) - mandatory
  • Optional certificate project (5 ECTS-points) after completion of courses totaling 30 ECTS-points - this subject is mandatory if the certification course is requested.

1st semester (autumn) The Master´s programme begins with three basic subjects. Basic subject 1 introduces the key concepts and the historical development, which focuses on the institutional and legal basis for managing the cyber and intelligence field at a national and international level. This subject is recommended at the beginning of the programme. In basic subject 2, the many challenges associated with strategic planning and decision-making in a changing world are examined. In basic subject 3, the focus is on the ethical, legal, political and methodological / practical issues and dilemmas associated with cyber and intelligence activity. 

In the 2nd semester (spring) the Master´s programme becomes more practical oriented as the students choose the specialisation subjects in either intelligence, cyber or a combination hereof.

In the 3rd semester (autumn) there is the possibility for further specialisation through the selection of a research-based elective in either intelligence or cyber, as well as a practical intelligence simulation exercise based on a cyber scenario. For the students who wish to take the full Master´s degree, the 3rd semester will also include a preparatory course for the Master´s thesis, where the use of theory, method and research design is taught. For those students wishing to finish with a Certificate Project then individual guidance will be offered for the Certificate Project.

4th semester is dedicated to the Master´s thesis, of which is a major written assignment, that must document skills in applying scientific theories and methods in a professionally defined topic. The Master´s thesis offers a great opportunity to make it´s own mark on the course of study. An example of this is the possibility of writing a business-based theses in cooperation with the participant´s workplace.


The Master´s programme is characterised by the possibility of and amount of flexibility there is for adaption of individuals wishes and the need for specific skills. The Master´s programme´s course will therefore to a large extent be dependent on the choices made by the student and are based on: 

  • whether the Master´s programme is studied as a full Master´s course over 2, 3 or 4 years
  • whether individual courses are chosen which may end with a Certificate Project
  • whether intelligence or cyber is chosen as the specialisation subject
  • whether only the English-language subjects of the programme are chosen

A large part of the Master´s programme is offered online, while the practical elements are based on presence, either in the form of entire teaching days or as residential courses. It is recommended that, where possible, one participates in the join activities in either Copenhagen or Odense. Each semester starts with a teaching day where all of the semester´s courses are introduced and where interdisciplinary social activities are held with networking opportunities. 

§ 3.2 - Course of study

Master in Intelligence and Cyber studies - Intelligence profile

Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies - Cyber Studies profile

Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies

§ 4 - Course Descriptions

§ 4.1 - Course Descriptions

Profile divided course descriptions 

Master in Intelligence and Cyber studies - Intelligence profile

Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies - Cyber Studies profile

Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies

Course descriptions in the curriculum 

From Cold War Espionage to Cyberwars: history, theory, and practice of intelligence and cybersecurity

§ 5 - Provisions on exams and tests

§ 5.1 - Programme passing requirements

An exam is passed when the assesment is passed, or the grade 02 or higher is obtained. Passed exams cannot be retaken. The Master's program is passed when all exams are passed.

The Faculty´s additional provision:

As a general rule, the grade 00 can be included in the assessment of partial tests. If the overall test is passed, partial tests with the grade 00 cannot be retaken. In courses, where the grades 00 and -3 cannot be included in the assessment of the tests, all partial tests must be passed with minimum 02, in order to pass the course, if this is the case, it will appear from the course description.  

The Study Board’s additional provision:

A weighted average of the programme is not calculated. 

§ 5.2 - Special exams/tests

The Faculty´s additional provision:

In exceptional cases, the faculty may authorise oral master's defence to be held outside the University of Southern Denmark

The Study Board’s additional provision:

A student may, where specific circumstances justify this, be allowed to hold exams on a Danish representation or other pre-determined places abroad, where the representation agrees. Applications for this must be submitted to the study board. For more information, please refer to the programme website at 

§ 5.3 - Spelling and writing skills

The Study Board’s additional provision:

For written assignments, the given result is primarily based on an assessment of the academic content. The impact of the student’s spelling and writing skills on the grade is limited, unless there are considerable marked deviations from the usual academic language. This is especially relevant for major written papers.

§ 5.4 - Internal or external exams/tests

Examinations can be either internal or external.
External examinations are graded by one or more examiners and by one or more external examiners appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Internal examinations are graded by one or more teachers (examiners) appointed by the university among the teachers at the university. 

At least 1/3 of a programme’s total ECTS points must be obtained at external examinations. External examinations must cover the important parts of the programme, including the Master thesis. This does not, however, apply to examinations for which credits have been transferred.

It is evident from the individual course description whether a test is internally or externally assessed.

§ 5.5 - Examination language

Examinations are conducted in Danish unless part of the purpose of the examination is to document the students’ abilities in a foreign language. The examinations may be conducted in Swedish and Norwegian instead, unless part of the purpose of the examination is to document the students’ abilities in Danish. 

The University may, if circumstances make it possible, allow the student to conduct the examination in a foreign language, unless the purpose of the examination is to document the students’ abilities in Danish or in a specific foreign language. 

If a course has been taught in a foreign language, the examinations will be held in that language, unless the purpose of the examination is to document the students’ abilities in another language. The University may grant exemptions from this rule.

If the programme is offered in English or another foreign language, the examinations will be conducted in the same language, unless the purpose of the examination is to document the students’ abilities in another language. The University may grant exemptions from this rule. 

The Study Board’s additional provision: 
Teaching and examination language will be stated in the course description. Teaching and examination in both languages can be expected to varying degrees , whilst examination languages will in most cases be optional in relation to Danish or English. 

§ 5.6 - Forms of assessment

Choice of the form of examination in each individual course must take several factors into account. There must be a clear connection between the individual course’s purpose, content, learning activities and examination form, so that the examination result in the individual course reflects the student's level of achievement of the learning objectives of the course. 

For the programme as a whole, the aim is to have a variation of examination forms across courses, so that the students overall are tested in the different types of knowledge, skills and competencies that are represented in the competency profile. This is to ensure that the student's overall examination results reflects the student's level of achievement of the programme's learning objectives.

§ 5.7 - Irregularities at exams/tests

Disciplinary measures may be taken in cases of cheating in exams or disruptive behaviour during exams, cf.Rules regarding disciplinary measures for students at the University of Southern Denmark.

If a task is rejected or a test is cancelled due to documented irregularities, a retest shall be charged afterwards if the course of events resumes. For further information, please refer to the training website under "General rules for payment".

§ 5.8 - Special conditions

The university may offer special examination conditions to students with physical or mental disabilities and to students whose mother tongue is not Danish when the university finds it is necessary to equate these students with others in the examination situation. It is a prerequisite that the offer does not lower the examination standard. Reference is made to § 7 in the Examination Order and the homepage of the study (eksamensbekendtgørelsen).

§ 5.9 - Individual examinations/tests and group examinations

The regulations regarding registration for courses and examinations at SDU (Regler for tilmelding til fag og prøver på SDU) apply to the undergraduate and graduate students at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.

Examinations are arranged individually or as group examinations. An assessment of the student´s individual performance must be given for individual as well as group examinations, and an individual grade must be given.

It is evident from the individual course description if an examination is arranged as a group examination. If an examination is arranged as a group examination, the maximum number of students per group, and whether students have the option of choosing an individual examination, is evident from the individual course description. 

If a written assignment does not meet the requirements regarding individualisation or other formal requirements determined in the individual course description, the assignment can be rejected. If the assesment is rejected, an assessment will not be given and the student has used an examination attempt, reference is made to § 24, subsection 3 in the Examination Order (eksamensbekendtgørelsen).

The reader is referred to § 4 of the Examination Order (eksamensbekendtgørelsen) and to the examination requirements for the respective course descriptions.

The Study Board’s additional provision:
The number of students in a group examination can, as a general rule, be a maximum of 3. The Study Board can decide to deviate from this rule. This will be evident in the course description. The scope of written assignments is set so that the scope of pages or time for oral examination  with 2 persons is +50%, with 3 persons +75%. In written assignments devised by multiple students it must be stated who is responsible for which parts of the assignment/project. Although the introduction, resumé and conclusion can be a joint group effort.

§ 5.10 - Reexams

If no special provisions for re-examination have been specified for an examination/ re-examination, it applies that that the re-examination is held as the ordinary examination. 

The Board of Studies supplementary provisions:
Re-examination is held as a rule for the autumn subjects in February and for the spring subjects in August. The Board of Studies may decide to hold further re-examinations in the next examination term. This will be evident in the respective subject descriptions. Participation In the re-examination requires that you have participated in the ordinary examination in the same examination term. 
The Study Board may decide to change the examination form and assessment form for the re-examination. This will, if applicable, be published after the registration deadline. 

Students who have participated in an ordinary examination without having passed it have the opportunity of retaking the examination in the same examination term. If the re-examination is not passed, the student has the opportunity of participating in the next ordinary examination. Late withdrawal or absence from the examination counts as an examination attempt, and the student does not have the right to re-take the examination. 

The Board of Studies may grant access to a re-examination after the application for exemption, where there is a case of unusual circumstances. Unusual circumstances relate to specific, individual conditions with the student and of which were difficult to foresee or are not to blame for. Being busy at work, for example, is not an unusual circumstance. 

If the Study Board grants an exemption, the used-up examination attempt is cancelled. If the Study Board does not grant an exemption, the student has an opportunity of participating in the next ordinary examination.

When illness prevents the student from participating in an examination, they will have the opportunity of re-taking the examination. This requires that the Master´s secretariat is contacted by no later than the day of the examination, and that medical documentation of the illness can be obtained from your own general practitioner or other relevant authority as soon as possible. 
The declaration must contain the date or period in which you have been ill, and this must coincide with the examination period. The student must cover the costs for a medical certificate. 

The medical documentation is sent by e-mail to the Master´s secretariat as soon as possible, and no later than one month after the date of the examination. In the event of long-term illness, The Study Board must be contacted. 

If the student does not pass the re-examination, they are not entitled to a new re-examination, but will still have the opportunity of participating in the next ordinary examination. 

Re-examination is held in accordance with the same provisions as those that apply to the ordinary examination, unless the provisions for the examination in question explicitly stipulate deviating provisions regarding re-examination, or if the number of participants in a written re-examination dictates that It can most aptly be held as an oral examination. 

For the Master´s project, students who obtain the grade 00 or less are given the opportunity to process the project so that it can be re-assessed. 

§ 5.11 - Exam attempts

The Study Board’s additional provision:

The student has 3 attempts to pass an exam. The payment covers participation in the course once and potentially 3 exams to be held within a year of study. For the master project, special regulations applies, the payment covers 2 exam attemps; the ordinary exam and a reexam.

The 3 exam attempts consist of:

  1. The exam immediately following the course or module's completion.
  2. The corresponding re-exam (if you do not pass the ordinary exam).
  3. The next ordinary exam, to be held within one year of the first ordinary exam

§ 5.12 - Requirements for participating in exams/tests

If the student does not meet the prerequisites set by the university to participate in the examination, an examination attempt has been used. A prerequisite can, for example, be participation in the teaching lessons and will be evident in the subject description. 

It is only possible to participate in the re-examination if the prerequisites set by the university are met. If the student does not meet the prerequisites set by the university to participate in the examination, then an examination attempt has been used. 

Prerequisites for participation in examinations that have been met before the first ordinary examination must not be repeated at a possible new examination attempt. 

§ 5.13 - Digital examinations/tests and aids

All written exams at The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences are digital.

Allowed exam aids will be decribed in the course description. Further reference is made to SDU’s code of practice for written campus-based examinations and Rules for Exams at The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

§ 5.14 - Description of course curriculum

The examination syllabus is available on the current e- platform in use.  Examination will always be held according to the most recent syllabus.

§ 6 - Credit transfer

§ 6.1 - Credit

The Study Board may, in individual cases, grant credit transfer for courses from another master's degree. Please refer to Section 16 of the Master's Order and the Study Board website on merit in

The Study Board’s additional provision:

Merit is granted upon application to the Study Board and applied for through the application portal SPOC. Single subjects from SDU and FAK´s Master´s programmes offered part time can be approved by the head of studies beforehand. Master subjects (full degree) and courses cannot be merited into MICS cf. the Master´s Order regulation on merit. Subjects from other Master´s programmes (part time) must be applied for via The Study Board. No certificate can be issued on the basis of merit.

The study board's assessment, which is always individual, includes several factors, including the scope and level of the syllabus in the subject in question, the professional relevance of Master of Intelligence and Cyber studies as well as the topicality of the subject. Maximum credit transfer for the whole programme is 20 ECTS-points.

§ 7 - Provisions on the organisation of the programme

§ 7.1 - Enrollment and withdrawal from teaching and exams/tests

Registration for teaching and tests:

The period of registration for Master´s programmes and courses is set by the university. The registration deadline is published on the programme website.

When a student is enrolled in a course, the student is automatically enrolled in the first ordinary exam. Registration for subsequent exams is scheduled with the programme administration well in advance of the exam.

Notification of withdrawal from courses and exams
Cancellation of registration to courses is done to the Master secretariat no later than September 15 (autumn courses) or February 15 (spring courses).

Cancellation of registration to the exams is done to the Master Secretariat. The time limit for cancellation of registration to an exam (ordinary exam as well as re-exam) is set in such a way that timely cancelation gives the right to attend the exam at the next ordinary examination period. It is assumed that the payment covers further exams. Timely cancellation does not give the right to attend the reexam in the same semester as the ordinary exam. If the deadline for cancellation is exceeded and exam attempt will be used. 

The following deadlines for cancellation of registration apply: The examinee must de-registrate to the Master Secretariat no later than the day of the week before the first day of examination for each course. The first day of the examination is defines as follows:
  1. Written home work: Date of delivery
  2. Written home assignment with bound subject/questions provided: The day of issue of the subject/question
  3. Written place test is the day itself
  4. Oral on the basis of written product is the date of delivery of the written product
  5. Oral examination is the day of the test itself, but the first day of the examination if the test runs over several days;
In case of disease on the day of the examination, the Master Secretariat must be contacted no later than the day of the examination. If the examee does not do so, the right to a re-exam will be lost and you will have to attend the next ordinary exam. 

In the case of special circumstances, e.g. illness or other unforeseen events, you can apply for an exemption from the Study Board.

§ 7.2 - Deadline for programme completion

The programme is organised over 2 years and must be completed within a maximum of 4 years. The programme also provides ample flexibility since the programme can be followed over a 4-year period or, if applicable, can be completed with a Certificate Project after completing courses corresponding to 30 ECTS. Application for an extension of the programme is done by the Study Board 

§ 7.3 - Master project

The Master´s thesis in Master of Intelligence and Cyberstudies constitutes 15 ECTS, and is described in the course description. The Master´s thesis can be offered full-time by decision of the Board of Studies. The Master´s thesis completes the programme. If a line of specialisation is chosen then the Master´s thesis must be written within the specialisation.

When choosing a line of specialisation, this will be stated on the diploma with an addition to the title: Master in Intelligence and Cyber Studies with a specialisation in Cyber Studies / Intelligence.

§ 7.4 - Limitation on the number of entries

In the event of a limitation of participants in individual subjects, which is described in more detail in the course description, admission is given in order of priority based on the following criteria:

1. Applicants who have a professional specialisation related to the applied for subject, of which is documented with a CV or similar documentation. Priority is given so that 1 point is awarded for meeting the professional specialisation requirements, and 0 points is for failure to meet the professional specialisation requirements. 

2. In addition to this, priority is given in relation to enrollment status in the programme:

MICS candidates who have applied in time are awarded 2 points
Single course candidates who have applied in time are awarded 1 point
Applicants who have applied after the application deadline are awarded 0 points
3 points is hence the maximum amount of points whilst 0 is the minimum amount of points. With regards to punctuality, priority is given to applicants who have been enrolled on the Master´s programme the longest.

§ 7.5 - Electives

Electives are offered on the programme, primarily in the autumn semester, but these can be placed flexibly throughout the programme. Electives can also be included in the 30 ECTS- points that must be passed, if there is a desire to write a certificate project after the 30 ECTS-points have been passed. 

Single subjects at SDU and FAK´s other Master´s programmes offered part time can be approved by the head of studies as single subjects before commencement of the subject/subjects. Workshop subjects can also be derived and replaced with electives. Subjects from other part time Master´s programmes must be applied for through The Study Board. Merit for this is met by the Board of Studies for EVU. There can be applied through SPOC

§ 8 - Exemptions and complaints procedures

§ 8.1 - Dispensation from University regulations

If justified by special circumstances, the Study Board can grant exemption from rules in the curriculum that are established solely by the university. 

§ 8.2 - Complaints over exams/tests

Complaints about exams or other assessment included in the exam must be submitted to the university within 2 weeks after the results of the exam are announced. The complaint must be in writing and justified.

For further information and guidance on complaints about the exam, please refer to the study's website at and chapter 7 in the Examination Order (eksamensbekendtgørelsen).

§ 8.3 - Complaints over University decisions

According to this Ministerial Order § 21 and § 25 in the Ministerial Order on Part - time courses, the university´s adjudications may be brought to the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education when the complaint concerns legal questions.

The deadline for filing a complaint is 2 weeks from the date on which the decision is notified to the complainant. The complaint is submitted to the university, who gives their opinion on the matter. The complainant must have the opportunity to comment on the university´s opinion within a period of at least 1 week. The university sends the complaint to the Government Agency enclosing the opinion and any comments from the complainant.

§ 9 - The affiliation of the programme

§ 9.1 - Study Board

Study Board for Continuing and Higher Education in Health & Social Sciences

§ 9.2 - External examiners

External examiners in Political Science

§ 9.3 - Effective date of the curriculum


§ 9.4 - Applicable for students enrolled from


§ 9.5 - Date of Study Board Approval


§ 9.6 - Date of Deans Approval