Letter of motivation – University of Copenhagen

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Letter of motivation

A letter of motivation is a text, where you present your qualifications and your motivation for applying for admission to the study programme.

In the letter of motivation, you must academically and professionally state the reasons for your motivation, your choice of education, and how your previous experiences could be utilized in the study programme. Your letter of motivation should look forward in time, while your CV faces backwards.

Good advice for your letter of motivation

A letter of motivation is personal, which means that there is no manual for writing a good letter. However, we recommend that you look to the following guiding principles:

  • the letter of motivation should cover 1-2 pages
  • the letter of motivation should target only one study programme
  • the letter of motivation must be in English
  • the letter of motivation must be carefully prepared - without spelling mistakes or grammatical errors

If you are applying for admission to more than one study programme, you must write a letter of motivation for each of the study programmes for which you are applying.

Please make sure that the competencies you highlight in your letter of motivation correspond to your CV, and that it matches in your additional documentation.

Remember the following

When you write your letter of motivation, you should consider the content of it thoroughly. Here are some points that are worth remembering:

  • The study programme should be in focus, not you
  • You should demonstrate that you have understood the content and structure of the study programme
  • You should describe your qualifications and experiences, and reflect on the relevancy for the study programme
  • You should reflect on what your goal is upon admission to the study programme
  • You should describe which experiences make you capable of completing the study programme. This means that you should argue for your potential as an excellent student in this programme (e.g. participation in research projects or as a co-writer in scientific articles).

Make a great start on your letter of motivation

When you are writing your letter of motivation, get started well in advance and form a general idea of your competencies. Based on your CV, you can map your competencies through these three steps:

  • Reflect upon which experiences and competencies every activity on your CV has given you
  • Select the most relevant experiences for the specific study programme to which you are applying for admission
  • Translate the chosen experiences to arguments that you can apply in your letter of motivation