Admission Requirements - MSc in Physics – 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 Physics.

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’s degrees that grant direct access

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 Physics. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Physics from the University of Copenhagen (reserved access*)
  • BSc in Physics from another Danish or Nordic university
  • BSc in Nanoscience from the University of Copenhagen, another Danish or Nordic university
  • BSc in Science and IT with specialisation in physics from the University of Copgenhagen

* 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 Mathematics, Chemistry or Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen, or other Danish or Nordic universities may be admitted if they have passed the following:

1. Basic requirements:

  • Mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations) (min. 20 ECTS credits)
  • Classical mechanics (min. 10 ECTS credits)
  • Thermodynamics (min. 10 ECTS credits)
  • Electromagnetism (min. 10 ECTS credits)

2. Advanced requirements (min 30 ECTS credits):

  • Advanced physics within one or more of the following subjects: Quantum Physics, Modern Physics, Geophysics, Biophysics, Medical Physics and/or Astrophysics.

3. The combined total of basic requirements and advanced requirements must be min. 120 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 criteria

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

  1. bachelors with reserved access.
  2. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics
  3. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Nanoscience or Natural Science and IT with specialisation in Physics from the University of Copenhagen.
  4. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Chemistry or Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen, another Danish or international university.
  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 (listed below in prioritised order):
    • Total number of ECTS credits within the relevant academic field (physics) and the grades obtained. If different grading systems make comparison impossible, applicants will be prioritised on the basis of an individual evaluation by the Admission Committee.

Admission requirements for the academic year 2018/2019

Bachelor’s degrees that grant direct access

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 Physics. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Physics from the University of Copenhagen (reservd access*)
  • BSc in Physics from another Danish university
  • BSc in Science and IT with specialisation in physics from the University of Copgenhagen

* 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 Nanoscience, Mathematics, Chemistry or Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen, another Danish or Nordic university may be admitted if they have passed the following:

1. Basic requirements:

  • Mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations) (min. 20 ECTS credits)
  • Classical mechanics (min. 10 ECTS credits)
  • Thermodynamics (min. 10 ECTS credits)
  • Electromagnetism (min. 10 ECTS credits)

2. Advanced requirements (min 30 ECTS credits):

  • Advanced physics within one or more of the following subjects: Quantum Physics, Modern Physics, Geophysics, Biophysics, Medical Physics and/or Astronphysics.

3. The combined total of basic requirements and advanced requirements must be min. 120 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 criteria

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

  1. bachelors with reserved access.
  2. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Copenhagen
  3. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics
  4. applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Nanoscience, Natural Sciences and IT, Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer Science from the University of Copenhagen, or from another Danish or Nordic university
  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 (listed below in prioritised order):
    • Total number of ECTS credits within the relevant academic field (physics) and the grades obtained. If different grading systems make comparison impossible, applicants will be prioritised on the basis of an individual evaluation by the Admission Committee.