I have a bachelor's degree in Oenology and Beverage Technology and I would like to apply for a master's degree in Brewing Science and Technology. However, my bachelor's ECTS in mathematics and statistics are far fewer than those required by the M.Sc. Is there a way to add more ECTS to my degree? Could I take a course to reach the minimum requirements?

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    What is an ETCS?
    – JeffE
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 11:13
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    European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) . This is a sort of credits that are awarded after completing semesters of studies. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 11:19
  • @llia_Phylis Can you add more details about your country ? Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 11:21
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    In the U.S., you wouldn't add credits to the previous degree, you'd just have additional credits taken as what's often termed a "non-degree student", and it's relatively common. From my experience with Spain/Portugal, ECTS are designed to be highly portable, but I don't know how universities handle people that don't want to be in a degree program and just want to meet prerequisites for other programs. Hopefully someone from the country you're in can give more specific information. Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 18:32
  • I'm so sorry for my late reply! @ Blue_Elephant I'm from Greece and as far as I know there are no courses that can add to someone's ECTS here, unless you study for another bachelor's degree. I plan to apply for the master's degree in about a year, and use the time in between to meet all the requirements. Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 17:39

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Adding ECTS to your degree after you graduated is probably not possible.

However at least some European universities will let you enrol to a single course/module: you can attend one or more courses without being enrolled for a degree and earn a certificate for the ECTS you need. You are after some generic not-too-advanced Mathematics/Statistics training which you can find in many scientific (Biology?) degrees at most institutions, so it should be quite easy to find something suitable for you.

For example you can find information about this at University of Milan or London.

Depending on the circumstances this could be expensive, demanding and takes some time (if you really need the credits before applying you need to wait at least one semester, possibly one year), so it is probably better to contact the department offering the MSc you are interested in to try to decide whether it's worth doing.


I agree with the other answer that it most likely is not possible to add credits to your current degree.

However, sometimes pre-master courses are offered, specifically to fill any gaps between your background and the background expected for the master's program. You should check with the department/institution where you want to do the M.Sc. if they offer such an option.

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