Admission – University of Copenhagen

Admission criteria

To apply to the Master of Disaster Management, students must meet the following admission criteria:

  • A Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, medicine, social sciences, science, journalism, etc.) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution

An applicant must submit 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.

  • At least two years of work experience

This may be a paid or unpaid employment (regular employment, internship, volunteer work, practicum, job placement, etc.) obtained after your qualifying degree. Work experience obtained before or during your qualifying degree can in special circumstances be taken into consideration.

  • English language requirements

    To gain admission to a master's programme at University of Copenhagen, non-Danish applicants must document qualifications equal to the Danish secondary school 'English level B'.

    We accept the following documentation:

    1) English is your native language

    Consequently, if you are from the following countries, you do not need to present an English language proficiency test:

    • Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales and United States of America.

    2) You have studied in English

    Studies completed in English and/or in an English speaking country. For example, if you have studied your bachelor’s degree in Australia, you are not required to complete an English language proficiency test.

    3) English is your second language

    If English is your second language you must pass an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English test before being admitted.

    We accept the following tests and scores:

    • IELTS-test (British Council) with a minimum score of 6.5
    • Paper-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 points
    • Internet-based TOEFL-test with a min score of 83 points
    • Passed Cambridge English Certificate: Advanced (CAE) – level C1

    Language tests older than 2 years from the application deadline will not be accepted.

    If you are from a Scandinavian country (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) and hold a bachelor’s degree from Danish or Scandinavian university, you do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.

  • A draft thesis proposal

    Applicants with other backgrounds may be considered on an individual basis.

    Admission to individual courses

    Since all courses are followed by both students pursuing the Master of Disaster Management degree and students just enrolled for that particular course, it is required that the students applying for individual courses also live up to the criteria listed above, with exception of the draft thesis proposal.