FAQ Security Risk Management – University of Copenhagen

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Frequently asked questions 

Below you will find the answers to the following questions:

Admission and application

How do I prove my academic qualifications and English skills/do I have to take an IELTS/TOEFL test?



Admission and application

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: you can read more about the deadlines at the Application Procedure

Q: How do I apply?

A: Applicants are to apply through the University of Copenhagen online application portal. Follow these links for more information on the online application procedure, the application procedure and admission requirements.

Q: How many students are admitted into the MSc in Security Risk Management?

A: A maximum of 50 students will be admitted.

Q: Can I apply even though I do not have a bachelor degree within the Social Sciences or Business Studies?

A: In order to be admitted into the Master’s programme in Security Risk Management, applicants must have passed a bachelor programme or a programme at a similar level within the Social Sciences, including bachelor programmes within Business Studies, in Denmark or abroad.

Q: What is the tuition fee for the MSc in Security Risk Management?

A: EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not have to pay tuition fee, but non-EU/EEA citizens have to pay tuition fee. See the amount at tuition fee.

Q: What should I include in my motivational letter?

A: As a general guide, the motivational letter should include (maximum of 2-3 pages):

  • Your academic background
  • Your motivation for applying to the MSc in Security Risk Management
  • What you hope to gain from the MSc in Security Risk Management
  • Any relevant interests, strengths, ambitions or research interests

Q: When will I know whether I have been accepted to the programme or not?

A: It depends on whether you are an EU applicant or a Non-EU/EEA applicants. Please read more at the page for Application Procedure.

Q: I have yet to finish my bachelor programme and have therefore yet to receive my qualifying degree; can I still apply?

A: If you are on your last semester of you bachelor's degree (or equivalent), you may apply without a degree certificate. You must enclose documentation of the courses, which you will complete during the last semester of your bachelor programme.

Q: Is it possible to have my academic qualifications assessed before applying in order to know whether I qualify for admission?

A: No. The staff at the Department of Political Science is unable to determine in advance whether or not you qualify for admission. A detailed individual academic assessment is only made by the Board of Admission during the round of admission.

How do I prove my academic qualifications and English skills/do I have to take an IELTS/TOEFL test?

Q: How do I prove my English skills?

A: If you are a Scandinavian ( including Danish) applicant you meet the language requirements if you have what corresponds to English B level on a Danish high school diploma. Applicants from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland can check if their high school English level corresponds to a Danish level B in the level guide (in Danish) offered by the Guidance and Admission office at the University of Copenhagen.

Applicants from outside Scandinavia who speaks or writes English as a second language, must prove their English skills through an IELTS (with a minimum score of 6.5) or TOEFL (with minimum score of 213 (computer-based) or 560 (paper-based) or 83 (Internet-based)) test. Language tests older than two years (by the application deadline) are not accepted. Documentation on language requirements must be certified by the organization conduction the test.

The Department of Political Science does not make exemptions from this rule.

Q: Which documents should I send with the application?

A: The application should enclose the application form, documentation of your qualifying degree, official transcripts, description of qualifying academic programme, documentation of subject specific admission requirements, documentation of English proficiency, documentation of citizenship, letter of motivation (2-3 pages), academic references (max. 2) and updated curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages).

To guarantee the best assessment of your application, it is important to send reading plans and syllables for courses within qualitative and qualitative methods and other relevant courses. Make sure that all documents are in English. All documents must be in Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish. Documents in other languages must be translated into English or Danish by a state authorised translator or be verified by a state authorised translator. All pages should be stamped by the translator. Contact information (email and address) of the authorised translator must appear on the translations.

Q: Should I include documents in my application in addition to those required?

A: No, only the documents listed here will be taken into consideration in the Board of Admission's assessment of your application.


Q: Is it possible to arrange an internship as part of the programme?

A: Academic internships may replace subject elements corresponding to no more than 7,5 ECTS credits. During an academic internship, a project assignment is written in connection with a formal job placement. A permanent, salaried post cannot be approved as an academic internship. A project supervisor must be attached to both the academic internship and the project assignment. Supervision is normally conducted by assistant professors, associate professors or professors. Students are responsible for finding their own project supervisor.

Q: Is it possible to arrange a stay abroad as part of the programme?

A: Students in the MSc Programme in Security Risk Management are entitled to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits from another university in Denmark or abroad. However, courses must correspond to the courses in the MSc programme and you are only allowed to replace optional courses.

Q: Can I transfer credits form previous studies to the master programme?

A: Credits from previous studies can only be transferred if they are equivalent to courses within the MSc programme in Security Risk Management and are at a master’s level. Applications for credit transfers can only be processed after admission to the programme.

Q: Does any of the courses have compulsory attendance?

A: In the course Security Risk Management on the first semester an overall attendance of 75% is required.


Q: Does the university provide students in the MSc programme on Security Risk Management with housing?

A: The University of Copenhagen is unable to assist students in finding accommodation.  Students thus have to find housing on their own. For more information on housing in Copenhagen, please see the International Office's general information about housing or Study in Denmark

Q: When should I arrive in Copenhagen?

A: That is up to you, but we recommend that you arrive at least few days prior to commencing the programme in order to settle in and get to know the city.

The semester begins during the first week of September. but there will be some introduction days in the end of August.

It cna be difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen, so we recommend that you arrive well ahead in order to search for accommodation.

Q: What kind of student jobs are available for international students in Copenhagen?

A: As a student in Denmark, you are able to work part time. A good place to look for job ads is the University of Copenhagen's general job site. Job ads are also available on major Danish job sites, such as Jobindex.

Q: Where do I find information about living, legal matters, insurance etc.?

A: You can get help with questions regarding living, legal matters, insurance and health issues at this website: studies.ku.dk/welcome.

You may also contact the Faculty of Social Science: admissions@samf.ku.dk for questions concerning application procedure, admission requirements, residence permit and work permit.