Frequently Asked Questions – University of Copenhagen

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FAQ about Global Development


Does my degree qualify for admission?


We receive more than 600 applications for the 60 places at Global Development and therefore we ask you to make sure that your degree qualifies before applying for admission. In case your degree does not qualify we kindly ask you not to apply as it will not be taken into consideration. 

Degrees that qualify for admission are:

Anthropology
Economics
Geography
Geoinformatics
Natural resources
Political science
Sociology
Development Studies
Business studies/administration (however not pure marketing degress)
International Relations
- or any combination of the above degrees

The above degrees only qualify if they contain at least 15 ECTS points of qualitative and/or quantitative social science methods. By social science methods we are referring to statistics, ethnography, econometrics, survey research, participant observation or the like.


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 you will not under any circumstance 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.

Read more about our Admission Requirements here


Do you have detailed descriptions of the courses you offer as part of the programme?

If you look at the Programme Structure you find a diagram of the courses we are currently offering. If you click on each course you will find more information about the course, the names of the course responsible and the teachers of the course.

The courses currently listed at http://kurser.ku.dk are the running courses and are therefore subject to change.

You can also find more information in the curriculum

Do you have information on the teachers and course responsible?

Under "Programme Structure" we have a description of the teachers currently involved in Global Development.

As the Msc in Global Development is an interdisciplinary master that consists of interdisciplinary courses based on the collaboration of teachers coming from various social scientific areas and specializations the list of teachers involved in the program is subject to change. Here you can read more about some of the teachers who are involved in Global Development.

For the most updated list look at the course descriptions under "Programme Structure". Here you’ll find a diagram of all the courses we offer. If you click on each course title you will be led to kurser.ku.dk. Here all the courses are specified and explained – and here the names of the course responsible and teachers are also listed.

How is a typical week structured in regards to lectures and seminars?

You find the current weekplan under Programme Structure.

Be aware that this is the current weekplan (for the first semester) and it is therefore subject to change. It should however give you an indication of the structure.

What is the typical profile of a GD student?

A student at global development has a Bsc/BA in anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science or sociology with a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Furthermore, we also accept some interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees within the social sciences.

Furthermore, a GD student is a skilled student (marks well above average) who has relevant job experience from international or local companies/organizations/NGOs who in some way operate in relation to the global south.

A GD student is open to the interdisciplinary approach of the programme which includes seeing things from new perspectives and learning from, as well as working closely with, fellow students.

Finally, a GD student has a special interest and motivation in issues related to global development and relations between the global north and global south.

In 2016 we received more than 600 applications for our 60 places.

How does the MSc in Global Development distinguish itself from similar programs?

Global Development is unique in that it is a truly interdisciplinary programme involving five departments and three different faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The courses at the programme have all been developed in close collaboration between at least two teachers from different departments which ensures a cross-disciplinary take on all subjects that form part of the programme.

Furthermore the programme also emphasizes cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration between the students. At the beginning of the first semester the students are divided into smaller study groups where they, for the first year, will work closely with students from other academic backgrounds than their own. That way the students are constantly encouraged to share their experiences, views and knowledge.

What do you mean by the requirement of 15 ECTS in qualitative/quantitative methods?

Applicants for GD have to fulfill the requirement of having obtained 15 ECTS points of qualitative and/or quantitative methods during their bachelor’s degree. This could be within statistics, econometrics, survey research, ethnography, or training in methods such as interviewing, focus groups, participant observation etc.

The admission board is aware that not all social scientific bachelors have “pure” methodological courses. In that case we ask you to write us half a page describing how you have obtained the theoretical and practical methodological knowledge, equivalent to 15 ECTS, during your bachelor’s degree.

How are my job perspectives after having studied the MSc in Global Develeopment?

Under “Profile and Career” you will find information about job perspectives – including a one hour presentation of the master and the need for masters in Global Development in private-, organizational- as well as in public sectors. You can see the podcast here.

Is there a fee for studying the MSc in Global Development?

If you are a EU/EEA/Swiss citizen it is free to study Global Development. If you are not a EU/EEA/Swiss citizen the fee is 10.000 Euro per year. You can see more about fees under “Application Procedure”.

How does the online application system work?

If you click on “Application Procedure” and choose your citizenship you will find a complete checklist on what to upload – if you click on “Link to Information and User Guide” you will find a lot of helpful information regarding the application procedure; the IT service contact is listed here (in case you experience any trouble) . The Student Advisory Service can also help you with your questions – you find our contact information under “Contact”.

Where can I find a check list regarding what to upload in the application?

If you click on “Application Procedure” and choose your citizenship you will find a complete checklist on what to upload – and a guide on how to do it.

Do you offer scholarships?

Currently we have no scholarships to offer at Global Development. However the Faculty of Social Science at UCPH has for the last couple of years awarded a limited number of scholarships of which a couple have been awarded to students at Global Development. You can read more about it here.

How is the housing situation in Copenhagen and can you help me find a place to live?

It can be difficult for students to find a place to stay in Copenhagen. We recommend our students to start looking for a place as soon as they are admitted to Global Development as it may take a while to find housing.

The University of Copenhagen does currently not provide housing or accommodation. We recommend that you get in touch with the International Office who will do what they can to assist you. http://studies.ku.dk/masters/living-in-denmark/ (find their contact information under “contact” to the left).

There are a lot of internet pages where housings are offered and requested. We recommend you to look at the various housing portals online. You can read more about housing at UCPH´s Welcome International Students page. We also recommend that you have a look at this article from The University Post to get an overview of the options.

Do you have general information about living and working in Denmark?

At the website Study in Denmark you will find a lot of different information about living in Denmark, including: permits, visas, health, accommodation, work etc.

Do you have any information about practical issues related to the study start?

At the website Study start – MSc students you can read more about studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCPH.

How do I obtain my residence permit and registration certificate after being admitted?

As a student enrolled in the MSc in Global Development you must apply for a student residence permit. As you are staying in Denmark for more than the three months (the maximum time period one is allowed to stay in DK through the visa permit) you have to have a residence permit.

- If you are a EU/EEA or Swiss citizen – read more here (registration certificate/registration card) http://www.statsforvaltningen.dk/site.aspx?p=6394

- If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen – read more here (residence permit)http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/studies/studies.htm

How do I get a 'CPR-number' (Social security number)

When your residence permit, registration certificate or registration card is obtained (depending on your citizenship) you can apply for a CPR-number. In order to get this CPR-number (your personal ID-number - the Civil Registration Number) you have to register through the Danish Civil Registration System (Den Centrale Personregistrering) at the local municipality (Københavns Kommune). You need to have a CPR-number in order to open a bank-account, apply for educational grant (SU) etc. When you have a CPR-number you will automatically receive a health card (sundhedskort).

Read much more on how to obtain the CPR-number here:
https://cpr.dk/english/moving-to-denmark/