Study Structure – University of Copenhagen

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Study Structure

The study structure at the University of Copenhagen is divided into three levels and follows a 3+2+3 structure. Three years of undergraduate studies lead to a bachelor’s degree, and an additional two years lead to a master’s degree. Only the structures of a few degrees differ from this model. All master's degrees obtained from the University of Copenhagen can be extended with three more years of postgraduate work leading to a PhD degree.

Teaching and Exams

At the University of Copenhagen you will experience many different types of teaching during your studies. Each programme consists of a mix of lectures and tutorials. Some include student presentations and project-based work, and many programmes also have practical assignments as well as lab- and fieldwork.

Students are assessed after taking one of the following types of examinations: paper, written examination, oral examination or active participation. In addition, some courses may require the successful completion of written, oral or practical assignments during the course.

Credit System

The University of Copenhagen uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which defines a full study load for one year as 60 ECTS. The number of credits awarded for each course varies depending on the workload.

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters: Autumn semester (September to January) and spring semester (February to June). All faculties use the semester structure except for the Faculty of Science and, at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the
School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical
Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health. Here, the courses are organised in a block structure, dividing the academic year (60 ECTS) into four nine-week blocks.

The dates below give an overall view of the academic calendar (autumn and spring semester) at UCPH. Please contact the individual departments to confirm their specific teaching schedules.

Academic Year 2014/2015

  • Autumn semester: 1 September 2014 – 31 January 2015
    (classes typically end in December)
  • Spring semester: 1 February 2015 – 30 June 2015
    (classes typically end in May/early June)

For students at the Faculty of Science and, at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health, the year is divided into four blocks:

Block 1: 1 September - 2 November 2014
Block 2: 17 November 2014 - 18 January 2015
No teaching or exams: 23 December 2014 - 1 January 2015*

Block 3: 2 February - 29 March 2015
Block 4: 20 April - 14 June 2015
No teaching or exams: 30 March - 19 April 2015*

* The department may have study-related activities during this period including re-examinations.

Academic Year 2015/2016

• Autumn semester: 1 September 2015 – 31 January 2016
  (classes typically end in December)
• Spring semester: 1 February 2016 – 30 June 2016
  (classes typically end in May/early June)

For students at the Faculty of Science and, at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health, the year is divided into four blocks:

Block 1: 31 August - 8 November 2015
Block 2: 16 November 2014 - 31 January 2016
No teaching or exams: 23 December 2015 - 3 January 2016*

Block 3: 8 February – 17 April 2016
Block 4: 25 April - 26 June 2016
No teaching or exams: (period to be announced)*

* The department may have study-related activities during this period including re-examinations.