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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 Global Development. 

Bachelor’s degrees
You must submit documentary proof that you meet the admission requirement along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements.

Learn about when and how to apply.

Admission requirements:

Danish applicants must fulfil the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • A bachelor degree in anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science, sociology or "Urban, Energy and Environmental planning" from a Danish university
  • The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • Proficiency in English corresponding to at least English B-level; cf. Section 11 of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities.

Foreign applicants must fulfil the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • A bachelor degree from a recognised university equivalent to the above BSc/BA degrees
  • The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • Proficiency in English corresponding to at least English B-level; cf. Section 11 of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities (For information on how to meet the language requirements, please click here...). 

Documentation for the admission requirements is explained in Application Procedures

Although knowledge of specific software is not a formal requirement for admission, prospective students should notice that the Stata software is frequently used in the first year at Global Development. We encourage students who are admitted to Global Development to familiarize themselves with the basic logic of the Stata software before semester start. 

Admission restrictions

If there are more qualified applicants than available spaces on the programme, the selection of admitted applicants is based on:

  • Grades achieved for bachelor courses relevant for the MSc in Global Development
  • Relevant job experience (from student jobs, voluntary work etc.)
  • International experience (during your bachelor studies, from working or studying abroad etc.)
  • Statement of purpose for wanting to study Global Development (maximum 1 page) covering your motivation for applying, relevant experiences (e.g. internships, travels, student jobs, etc.), and a description of the intended thesis work.

Priority is given to candidates with the most recent bachelor degree. However, if your degree is only a few years old this will not disqualify you, especially if you have used the time to gain relevant experience related to global development.

Degrees that do not qualify for admission are:

Communication and Media studies (including business communication)
Journalism
Language studies
Psychology
Tourism studies
Art studies
Social Work
Science degrees (biology, chemistry, mathematics etc)
Engineering
Graphical Design
Public Relations
Pharmacy
Law

Please note that these degrees do not qualify regardless of relevant experience, letter of motivation etc. If you hold one of these degrees please do not apply as your application will not be taken into consideration.

As a rule of thumb a degree based in the humanities does not qualify. These include History, Philosophy, Litterature, Cultural studies and Area studies (African Studies, Amerian Studies etc.). However, applicants whose humanities based degree contains half or more of ECTS/credits within the social sciences might be taken into consideration.

Please also note that we only accept BA´s/BSc´s from research based universities. This means that degrees such as Professionsbachelor/Top Up degrees from University Colleges (Metropol, Copenhagen Business Academy etc.) do not qualify for admission.

The admission capacity has been fixed to 60 slots per year (in 2016 we received 625 applications).

Supplementary activities

Solely the applicant’s bachelor degree will be considered when the applicant’s academic qualifications is assessed. This means that it is not possible to complete supplementary courses in order to meet the specific admission requirements.

The only exception to this is activities that have been passed before the bachelor degree was finished. These courses can either be a part of a previous education or taken as single courses. But no more than 30 ECTS credits like this can be taken into account in the assessment.

Please contact the Student Advisory Service, if you are in doubt about the rules or have questions about your entry qualifications.