Application and admission
The next application period for the Master of Disaster Management programme opens in October 2022.
Open from October 2022
Course application deadline
8 weeks prior to course start
Admission criteria and documentation
To be admitted to the Master of Disaster Management programme or individual courses within this programme, you must meet the following criteria:
Any Bachelor's or Master’s degree obtained from a recognized higher education institution in Denmark or abroad can qualify for admission to Master of Disaster Management.
We only accepts certified copies of the degree certificates/diplomas and transcript of records. If the document is not in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation. A certified copy is a copy of the academic document with an original stamp from the higher education institution or any other recognized legal/public body. Only copies of academic documents bearing original stamps are accepted.
Certificates/diplomas must be presented in person the first week of the programme.
You must have at least 2 years of relevant work experience after having completed the qualifying degree. Work experience must be full time (minimum 25 hours/week). In special circumstances, the admission committee can assess internship and volunteer work as professional work experience.
A Curriculum Vitae detailing your relevant work experience of at least two years. Your CV must clearly state workplaces, specific work periods and job responsibilities.
If your 2 years' work experience consists of internship and/or volunteer work, you must document the work tasks and work hours with an employment contract or a statement from your employer.
You must document English qualifications equivalent to the Danish secondary school 'English level B’.
You can document your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
Native English speakers from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland may submit a copy of their passport as documentation.
Nordic applicants can document English proficiency with a high school diploma proving you have passed “English level B” or a Bachelor's or Master’s diploma from a Nordic university.
Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland must submit documentation certifying that their Bachelor's and/or Master’s degree was earned in English. A student exchange semester/year will not be sufficient to prove English language proficiency.
Applicants working in companies with English as the official work language, can document their English proficiency by sending documentation from their employer stating that your work language is English.
Applicants with a valid English language proficiency test must document adequate scores. We accept the following tests:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS/Academic). The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6.5;
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 560 on the paper test, or 83 on the internet-based test.
- Cambridge English Certificate: Advanced (CAE) – level C1.
IELTS and TOEFL tests older than 2 years are not accepted (counted from the programme application deadline). There is no period of limitation for validity of the Cambridge English Certificate.
For programme applicants
You must prepare a statement of motivation (1-2 pages) about why you want to study Master of Disaster Management and submit this together with your application.
For individual course applicants
You must write a brief statement of motivation about why you want to participate in the course.
You may apply for enrolment on the full programme or individual courses. Priority is given to students enrolled on the Master of Disaster Management programme.
Be notified that University of Copenhagen records your personal data related to, and the result of, the application process.
- Make sure you meet the admission criteria, see below
- Collect all required documentation, see below
- Fill out the application form and press submit
- Allow for academic assessment of your application
- Look for the result in your registered email account
You will be notified directly by email no later that 6 weeks after submission of the application.
When you apply for admission on Master of Disaster Management or on an individual course, you must submit the following documentation:
- Copy of your transcripts and certificates (if submitting several documents, make sure these documents are uploaded as a single file).
- A CV detailing at least two years’ relevant work experience.
- A proof of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language.
- A copy of your passport (photo page).
- A statement of motivation
Applications are processed as they come in. Once the admission committee has determined your eligibility, you will be notified of the decision. If you are accepted, you will be asked to confirm your interest in the programme.
Admission of eligible candidates is based on a first-come, first-served basis from the application period start.
The admission committee may admit applicants who are deemed to possess comparable qualifications.
Please note, that you will not be exempt from the requirement of 2 years of relevant work experience.