The Top-up Bachelor's degree in Software Development focuses on the challenges which developers face when working with large, often global systems' development projects. As a Bachelor in Software Development you know how to handle the back-end part of big distributed IT-systems based on large databases.

The Bachelor in Software Development is a 1½-year study programme (top-up) consisting of 3 semesters that includes an internship in a company abroad or in Denmark. The internship will give you the opportunity to use the competences that you have gained in class and put them into practice.

The programme is taught fully in English. You will be part of an international environment and will have the opportunity to meet students from Denmark, other European countries and other parts of the world. The Bachelor in Software Development is also offered as a Danish Bachelor programme (Softwareudvikling)

  • Admission requirements

    Graduates from the AP degree in Computer Science or from other programmes with a similar number of ECTS in programming and system development satisfy the admission requirements for the BA in Software Development.

    Applications are assessed and awarded points on basis of the following criteria:

    • Average grade from the qualifying exam
    • Grades and ECTS in programming and system development
    • Relevant work experience

    If there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be assessed based on their qualifications.

    English requirements - Top-up Bachelor's degrees

    • TOEFL paper-based score (Minimum score accepted: 550+)
    • TOEFL computer-based test score (Minimum score accepted: 213+)
    • TOEFL internet-based score (Minimum score accepted: 80)
    • IELTS academic score (Minimum score accepted: 6.0+)
    • Cambridge Advanced (Minimum score accepted: Grade C)
    • Cambridge Proficiency (Minimum score accepted: Grade C)
    • Danish students (Minimum score accepted: Level B)
    • Common European Framework for Languages (Minimum score accepted: Level B2)

    How to apply

    All applications must be submitted online.

    Find out what the deadline is for submitting your application form. Learn more about our application deadlines.

  • Content and structure

    The programme consists of three semesters which focuses on the challenges which developers face when working with large, often global systems' development projects. The Software Development programme is closely related to practice and the lessons are characterised by both lectures and exercises.

    The first two semesters consist of six courses focusing on different aspects of how to handle communication and coordination in large projects.

    The 3rd semester is a specialisation module, which include an internship in a company or an organisation in Denmark or abroad. This gives you the opportunity to apply principles in practice. It is important that you take an active part in finding the internship that matches the professional profile you want to acquire.

    The final bachelor project concludes the programme. The students choose the topic of their bachelor project in consultation with Cphbusiness and preferably with a company as well. Cphbusiness must approve the project outline.

    You have the opportunity of going abroad in the 2nd or 3rd semester.

    Read more about the semesters

  • Further education and job opportunities

    Job opportunities

    The demand for IT employees exceeds supply. The competences you acquire during the Bachelor programme in Software Development will be particularly relevant for companies with a great need for integration of IT systems, in which IT systems are critical to business survival; they will also be relevant in situations where development projects involve various types of outsourcing.

    As a graduate you will be able to apply for the following types of jobs:

    • System Developer
    • Backend Developer
    • System Integrator
    • Applications Architect
    • Systems Architect

    Further information

    At various times during your studies, the Study and Career Centre at Cphbusiness, your lecturers, Cphbusiness International and Cphbusiness Alumni will organize events in cooperation with several unions, unemployment insurance funds and job portals. These events are focused on introducing you to the Danish labour market and kick-start your job search.

    Useful links

    • it-jobbank – job searching portal for IT professionals
    • Work in Denmark – job searching portal and extra information about the Danish labour market in English
    • Copenhagen Capacity – information about living and working in Denmark

    Master programmes

    The Top-up Bachelor's degree in Software Development qualifies you to join the labour market immediately after graduation. It is possible to apply for a Master’s degree in Denmark or abroad after graduating with a Top-up Bachelor's degree in Software Development but admission is not guaranteed and you might have to take extra courses. 

    For more information please contact directly the education institution of your interest.

    Finances

    Tuition fee

    Precise and detailed information about tuition fees for a Master’s degree can be obtained by contacting the education institution of your interest directly. Cphbusiness cannot provide information about tuition fees at other education institutions.

    Study grant (SU)

    For detailed information about the possibility to receive SU, please check the SU website.

  • Learning environment and study activities

    At Cphbusiness, we see it as our most important task to contribute to your development so that you can help create the future business life.

    Thus, Cphbusiness’ study activities aim to develop your academic and personal skills, in order to let you navigate in an organisation and create value at a work place or start and run your own company.

    Study activities

    We believe that you learn best by working with specific tasks in practice. Therefore, our student activities are less focused on traditional teaching and to a greater extent built around activities where you play an active role yourself. You will have co-responsibility for and influence on your own learning, and feedback will be an important part of the study activities.

    Besides traditional teaching, the study activities will include project work, cases and assignment work, where you through cooperation and dialogue solve specific tasks along with your fellow students and with your lecturers as counsellors. Furthermore, you will be challenged in digital study activities.

    At Cphbusiness, all of the study programmes are scheduled as a full-time course of study. However, we try to create an environment where you can study full-time and also work at a part-time job. We do this in order to help you strengthen your business skills. As a result of this, you typically have two half days or one whole day off every week, which you can use on your part-time job, together with your study group or on your own preparation.

    Education with a world of opportunities

    At Cphbusiness, we offer you the opportunity to build and unfold your global, intercultural and linguistic skills through study activities, where you cooperate with students from all over the world. As a natural part of the study programme, the teaching activities including books and cases etc. will be in English.

    In every study programme, an obligatory internship is included where you can test your own skills in a company abroad or in an international company in Denmark. In doing so, you will prepare yourself for the global job market that waits for you when you graduate.

    What we expect of you as a student

    Active participation in the study activities at Cphbusiness will, to a great extent, help you feel better equipped for your future job. Therefore, we expect that you:

    • participate in study activities with lecturers, in study groups and on an individual level;
    • participate in a mix of study activities (for example project work, workshops, digital learning activities and traditional teaching);
    • want to learn in groups along with your fellow students with a diverse background;
    • work full time with your studies – this means around 40 hours weekly besides a potential part-time job; and
    • want to be challenged in your international and linguistic skills.
  • Internship

    The purpose of the internship is to give the student an opportunity to apply his/her skills from the first semesters by working in a company in a relevant sector on a job-like basis.

    The companies are expected to contribute with best practice experience. During the internship, the student has a guidance teacher from his/her programme as well as a contact person in the company.

    The student and the guidance teacher together set goals for the student’s prfessional and personal development during the internship period, which will subsequently be normative for organizing the student’s job function.

    The internshipt is concluded with an evaluation meeting in which the student and the guidance teacher evaluates the student’s development from the internship against the initial goals.

    You may compare the internship to a full time job with the same demands to working hours, effort, commitment, and flexibility, the student is likely to meet in his/her first job.

  • Facts

    Programme

    Bachelor in Software Development

    Campus

    Cphbusiness Lyngby
    Nørgaardsvej 30
    DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby

    Duration

    1½ years.

    This is a full time study programme.

    ECTS points

    90

    Examples on topics

    • Databases for Systems Developers
    • Contract Based Systems Development
    • Systems Integration

    Structure

    • 1st and 2nd semester: Classroom teaching, projects, individual guidance, guest lecturing
    • 3rd semester: Internship and final bachelor project
  • Student counselling

    Cphbusiness Lyngby

    Nørgaardsvej 30, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby
    Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 9.00-14.00.
    Telephone hours: Monday - Thursday 9.00 - 12.00.

    E-mail: counsellinglyngby@cphbusiness.dk

    Guidance counsellor

      Søren Meyer, telephone: (+45) 36 15 45 14

  • Curriculum
  • Examinations and tests

    Examinations (number and form) depend on the individual programme. You can find detailed information about a specific semester examination in the exam catalogue of the specific educational programme.

    Compulsory assignments

    Throughout the semester you are continuously assessed by your lecturers. You must pass the required number of compulsory assignments in order to continue your studies.

    Semester exams

    At the end of each semester you are required to sit examinations. Most exams are interdisciplinary which means that they cover several subjects or themes. You must pass your semester exam(s) in order to enroll for next semester´s exams.

    An examination can have many forms: it can be based on a project, a case, a report or a portfolio which can be made on an individual basis or by a group of students. Often you will have to make a presentation for a group of students and/or an internal lecturer and sometimes for an external evaluator.

    Oral exams may also be based on an individual dialogue between you and a lecturer.

    Your exam may also have the form of a written exam. It can be a short multiple choice exam or a written exam lasting up to six hours.

    Internal/external examiners

    Some examinations are external some are internal. External tests are defined as tests which are assessed by internal and external examiners appointed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The external examiners are responsible for assuring the same standard for all examinations and thus their quality.

    Grading scale

    The grading system used in all state-regulated educations as from August/September 2007 is the 7-point grading scale. The grading scale is compatible with the ECTS grading scale. 02 is the minimum grade for passing an exam.

    Apart from the 7-point grading scale, pass/fail assessments may also be used.

    Learn more about the Danish grading system.

    Cheating in examinations

    Cheating in examinations is an offence which Cphbusiness looks upon with the utmost severity. At the beginning of your classes you will be thoroughly introduced to our definition of “cheating in examinations” and to the severe consequences of such a behavior.

    Examination regulations

  • Tuition fees and scholarships

    The following students do not pay a tuition fee:

    • Danish students.
    • Students from Nordic countries, EU-countries and Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
    • All international students regardless of citizenship who hold a permanent residence permit for Denmark or a residence permit in anticipation of permanent stay in Denmark.

    All other students must pay the following fees:

    AP degree

    Marketing Management

    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR) per semester
    • 4th semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)

    Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)
    • 4th semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR)

    Computer Science

    1. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester: DKK 40,000 (5,400 EUR) per semester
    2. 5th semester: DKK 30,000 (4,000 EUR)

    Multimedia Design and Communication

    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd semester: DKK 40,000 (5,400 EUR) per semester
    • 4th semester: DKK 30,000 (4,000 EUR)

    Top-up Bachelor's degrees

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)

    International Hospitality Management

    • 1st semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR)
    • 2nd semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)
    • 3rd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR)

    International Sales and Marketing Management

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)

    Sport Management

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 32,500 (4,350 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 25,000 (3,350 EUR)

    Software Development

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 40,000 (5,400 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 30,000 (4,000 EUR)

    Web Development

    • 1st and 2nd semester: DKK 40,000 (5,400 EUR) per semester
    • 3rd semester: DKK 30,000 (4,000 EUR)

    Scholarships

    The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has a scholarship programme for non-EU citizens. There are only few scholarships available for highly qualified students. The scholarship may be awarded in the form of a (partial) reduction of the tuition fee and/or a monthly grant. Only applicants nominated by Cphbusiness will be taken into consideration for a scholarship. An application form will be forwarded by Cphbusiness to potential candidates after completion of the first semester.

    To find more information about these scholarships please visit Tuition Fees & Scholarships | Study in Denmark.