Admission Requirements - MSc in Biology – University of Copenhagen

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Admission Requirements

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a Bachelor’s programme you are eligible to apply for the Master’s programme in Biology.

Regardless of what university you are enrolled at, you can - if you meet the language requirements - apply on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree that grants direct access or another relevant Bachelor’s degree.

Admission requirements for the academic year 2017/2018

Bachelor degrees that grant direct acces

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you are considered to meet all admission requirements and have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Biology. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Biology from the University of Copenhagen (reserved access*)
  • BSc in Biology from other Danish or Nordic universities

* If your Bachelor’s degree grants reserved access, you are guaranteed a place on the Master’s programme if you apply before the application deadline during the first application period after you complete your Bachelor’s degree.

Other Bachelor’s degrees

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements. Learn about when and how to apply.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from international universities may also be admitted if their programme includes the following:

  • Organismal Biology, Ecology, Evolution Biology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology.
  • Statistics, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS credits

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree within the areas of Plant Science, Animal Science, Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Biology-Biotechnology, Molecular Biomedicine or related subjects from the University of Copenhagen or other Danish, Nordic or international universities may also be admitted if their programme includes the following:

  • Organismal Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology.
  • Statistics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS credits

In addition, you may be admitted, if you after an individual assessment, are deemed to possess educational/academic qualifications equivalent to the requirements listed above.

Language requirements

If you have a Nordic Bachelor’s degree, you must as a minimum be able to document English language qualifications comparable to a Danish upper secondary school English B level.

If you have a non-Nordic Bachelor’s degree you must be able to document your English language skills. Find information about language requirements here.

Prioritisation of applicants

If the number of qualified applicants to the programme exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised as follows:

  1. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen seeking admission by way of direct extension of their completed BSc programme (reserved access).
  2. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
  3. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen.
  4. Other applicants.

If the number of qualified applicants within a category exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised according to the following criteria (listed below in prioritised order):

Their qualitative fulfilment of the following requirements

  • Organismal Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology.
  • Statistics, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS credits.
  • Obtained marks.

Admission requirements for the academic year 2018/2019

Bachelor degrees that grant direct acces

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you are considered to meet all admission requirements and have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Biology. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Biology from the University of Copenhagen (reserved access*)

* If your Bachelor’s degree grants reserved access, you are guaranteed a place on the Master’s programme if you apply before the application deadline during the first application period after you complete your Bachelor’s degree.

Other Bachelor’s degrees

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements. Learn about when and how to apply.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from other Danish, Nordic or international universities may also be admitted if their programme includes the following:

  • A minimum of 5 ECTS credits within each of the following areas: organismal biology, ecology, evolution biology, cell biology, physiology, molecular biology and microbiology, statistics, chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS credits

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree within the areas of Plant Science, Animal Science, Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Biology-Biotechnology, Molecular Biomedicine or related subjects from the University of Copenhagen or other Danish, Nordic or international universities may also be admitted if their programme includes the following:

  • A minimum of 5 ECTS credits within each of the following areas: organismal biology, ecology, evolution biology, cell biology, physiology, molecular biology and microbiology, statistics, chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS credits.

The Faculty may also admit applicants who, after an individual academic assessment, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required above.

Language requirements

If you have a Nordic Bachelor’s degree, you must as a minimum be able to document English language qualifications comparable to a Danish upper secondary school English B level.

If you have a non-Nordic Bachelor’s degree you must be able to document your English language skills. Find information about language requirements here.

Prioritisation of applicants

If the number of qualified applicants to the programme exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised as follows:

  1. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen seeking admission by way of direct extension of their completed BSc programme (reserved access).
  2. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Copenhagen University.
  3. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen.
  5. Other applicants.

If the number of qualified applicants within a category exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised according to the following criteria:

Highest number of ECTS credits achieved within the following areas (not listed in prioritised order):

  • Organismal biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Cell biology
  • Physiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Practical skills within laboratory and field work within the main areas of biology