Questions and Answers – University of Copenhagen

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Frequently Asked Questions

1) Am I eligible for the MSc programme?

Eg. I have a Bachelor from _____ university in Science, with core studies in Chemistry, is this enough to qualify me for the MSc in Chemistry?

We are unable to ascertain via email, in person or via telephone whether or not you are eligible for one of our MSc programmes without a completed application including all the relevant attached documentation. It is up to you to consider whether you meet the eligibility requirements for the individual MSc according to the guidelines listed under the MSc description. Note that we ask that your Bachelor be from within the same FIELD as the MSc you are applying for.
If unsure, we encourage you to apply and await the decision of the Head of Studies to determine whether or not you have the prior knowledge to be admitted. The course descriptions from your BA are a major part of determining whether your Bachelor degree has provided you with the prerequisites needed.

Please note, that the transcript in itself is not sufficient. We need the full course outline for your courses (including the readings, class hours, lab time, content and outcomes) to understand the nature of your Bachelor degree.

We do not have a list of universities we accept or reject. Applications are assessed on an individual basis both on prior knowledge and the applicant's own ability.

2) Can I submit my application online, with scanned copies?

Eg. The postal service in my country is slow and I think it will be faster for me to send you my application with scanned copies of the originals via email, is this possible?

Yes, we only accept appliacations through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. We are not receiving hard copy any longer.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

3) Can I study an MSc programme part-time or online by distance education?

Eg. I am working full-time but would like to complete a Masters at the same time, is it possible to study some of your courses in the evenings only?

Currently none of our MSc programmes are offered on a part-time basis or via distance education. The degree is a 2 year full time degree, completing 120 ECTS points. Likewise, due to laboratory work, in person lectures and for use of facilities none of our MSc can be taken online at this stage.

4) Are there any scholarships available?

I cannot afford to study at your university, can I apply for a scholarship or can you offer me financial aid?

The Faculty of Science has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. The scholarships are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The scholarships are granted to cover the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases both tuition fee and living expenses.

All non-EU/EEA applicants with a grade point average above 80% of their bachelor's degree are considered for the scholarships/tuition fee waivers.

5) When will I find out the outcome of my application?

Once we receive your application you will receive confirmation via email, and by notified if your application is incomplete and whether or not you need to forward further documents.
Applicants are notified within the following deadlines:
EU applicants: 10 June
Non-EU applicants: 15 March

6) Can I go on exchange while undertaking my MSc?

This depends on many factors, however, yes, it is possible. Students are unable to undertake their thesis while abroad however there are possibilities to go on exchange from the 2nd to 3rd semester. Further details can be provided by a study and career guidance counsellor in SCIENCE Student Services.

7) How can I see the courses on offer from the MSc?

You are welcome to look at our courses website:, and follow the faculty, degree and block you are after. Please remember that courses can be changed, cancelled or replaced by others and they should be taken as a guideline only.

8) Have you received my application/TOEFL or IELTS test?

We will notify you when we have received any documentation in relation to your application. TOEFL and IELTS test results can often take some time to arrive however you are welcome to confirm that you have sent the correct test centre number (0177).

9) What are the living costs in Denmark?

Please see the following site.

10) What are official certified copies?

An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers, embassies and most cases banks can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

11) What kind of jobs are available for international students in Copenhagen?

As a student in Denmark you are able to work part time outside of your university studies. Many students can receive jobs in bars, restaurants and other service industries. Study related jobs are rare but are often advertised on the university job board: (and choose English).

12) How do I apply for a visa?

Eg. I am Colombian and I want to apply for admission to a MSc, do I need to apply for a visa first?

Once you have been offered admission, we at SCIENCE Student Services will initiate your visa process and walk you through the process. You are not required to do anything prior to your application.