Admission Requirements - MA in African Studies – University of Copenhagen

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Admission Requirements

Danish bachelor degrees
The following bachelor degrees from a Danish university qualify for admission to the MA programme in African Studies: A bachelor degree in political science, anthropology, geography, history, religion, international studies, cultural encounters and public health.

Foreign bachelor degrees
Students with a foreign bachelor degree in the above mentioned areas from a recognised university may be considered qualified for admission. Admission will only be granted if applicants, after a thorough assessment, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required to qualify for admission

Other bachelor degrees
Students with a Danish or foreign bachelor degree in other fields related to African Studies or in the Social Science and Humanities may be considered qualified for admission. Admission will only be granted if applicants, after a thorough assessment by the Assessment Committee, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required to qualify for admission.

Professional bachelor degrees
Following a specific, individual assessment, applicants holding a professional bachelor’s degree can be admitted if the Assessment Committee deems that they have the appropriate educational background and the basic academic qualifications equivalent to the background and qualifications acquired through a bachelor’s degree from a university (cf. 7). The Assessment Committee may decide to have one of the programme’s instructors conduct an interview with such applicants. The purpose of the interview is to clarify the academic qualifications of the applicant.

Maxmum Intake and Prioritisation Criteria

The maximum intake is:
49 students in 2017
44 students in 2018
40 students in 2019
36 students in 2020

If more applicants than the maximum intake fulfill the admission requirements, a selection will be made on the basis of a comprehensive evaluation, with emphasis on the following criteria:

• General proficiency/grades in the qualifying degree programme.
• Grades achieved in subjects especially relevant to the applied programme.
• Relevant academic experience with Africa.
• Academic qualifications which relate to the disciplines that makes up the applied programme.
• Statement of how your academic profile fits the programme, outline of your academic knowledge of Africa, a description of the intended Master’s thesis work, and your motivation for applying.

Applicants who have completed a two-year Master’s degree can only be admitted if the admission limits have not been met.

Language requirements
To gain admission non-Danish applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school ‘English level B'. Centre of African Studies accepts the following three ways of documenting this:

1) English is your native language. The Centre of African Studies accepts The University of Purdue view that citizens of the following countries are exempted from taking an English Language Proficiency exam:

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) Prior studies completed in the English language/in an English speaking country. For example, if you have studied your Bachelor degree in Australia you are not required to complete an English language proficiency exam. Furthermore, applicants from Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.

3) Applicants with English as their second language (except Scandinavians) 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
• Computer-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 213 points
• 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: minimum level C1, e.g. the CPE

Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline)