IB DP curriculum at MH

The DP curriculum has been designed to allow students to study a wide range of subjects from different subject areas. All students must take a broad but balanced programme of six subjects, three at Higher level (HL) and three at Standard level (SL).  Students select one subject from groups 1-5. The sixth subject can be from group 6 or groups 1-4. See the model below. The subjects are both externarly (EA) and internally (IA) assessed.  In addition, students need to complete three core elements; considered as the heart of the programme. These are Theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, activity and service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE).


IB in MH follows the MH calendar and is split to four semesters.  Each subject is therefore four courses that are numbered. For example BIO HL: BIOL3AI07, BIOL3BI07, BIOL3CI07, BIOL3DI07. CAS and TOK are numbered in similar way.  Higher and standard level are usually taught together.

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Following IB subjects are available in MH:

Group 1 - Language A Literature:

Tought: English A Lit (ENGL) and Icelandic A Lit (ICEL). Both HL and SL available.

Self-taught: e.g. Polish, Russian, Chinese, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch. Only SL.

Group 2 - Second language:

English and Danish as HL B and SL B. French, German and Spanish as  HL B, SL B and Ab initio. The second languages are not special IB courses, the IB students attend regular MH courses, based on their skills.  Studying language B HL/SL requires some self-study under supervision of the language B coordinators.  It is highly recommended that applicants take replacement tests (Stöðupróf) in December/August. Find out more regarding the group 2 languages in MH here.

Group 3 - Individuals and societies:

History (HIST) and Psychology (PSYC). Both HL and SL available.

Group 4 - Experimental sciences:

Chemistry (CHEM), Physics (PHYS) and Biology (BIOL). Both HL and SL available.

Group 5 - Mathematics

Methods HL/SL (MATH) and Studies SL (MATS).

Group 6 - The arts:

Visual arts (ARTS). HL and SL available. Option A.


Síðast uppfært: 27. september 2018