Admission requirements

Study life on campus. Photo: Tom Canning

Admission to the MSc Global Development programme requires the completion of a qualifying bachelor’s degree from a recognised/accredited university. The degree must be equivalent in level and content to a Danish bachelor’s degree.

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a bachelor’s degree programme you are eligible to apply for the master’s degree programme in Global Development.

You are required to document proficiency in English according to your background; see the language requirements.

Assessment of academic qualifications

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.

Improved grades are not considered

Any improved grades are not considered. This is due to the fact that in Denmark it is not possible to improve grades in courses that has already been passed on the Bachelor's degree programme. Thus, if you have been awarded more than one grade in the same course, we will only consider the grade that you were awarded the first time that you passed the course when calculating your grade point average.

All applicants from non-Danish universities must, consequently, upload a complete transcript showing all examination attempts, the date of each examination attempt and the appurtenant exam result. If the applicant is unable to obtain a complete transcript from the home university, a confirmation that the applicant's transcript does not contain improved grades issued by the current home university is required instead.

Random checks of the applicant's basis for admission may also be made to the home university. In the case of admitted students, any fraudulent information in terms of grades may result in the student being deregistered from the degree programme in case of admission without entitlement.

However, any grade awarded on the basis of an appeal against the original grade will be considered. In this case, it must be clearly stated that this is an improved grade as a result of a complaint. Any such grade must be made available to the Faculty no later than the deadline for applications. Otherwise, the grade can only be considered in subsequent application rounds.

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



In order to be admitted into the Master’s programme in Global Development, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • A bachelor degree anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science, public health, sociology or urban, energy and environmental planning from a Danish university, or
  • A bachelor degree from a recognised university equivalent to the above BSc degrees
  • The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Please read more under abilities in research 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...).

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.

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, Literature, Cultural studies and Area studies (African Studies, American Studies etc.). However, applicants whose humanities based degree contains half or more of ECTS/credits within the social sciences might be taken into consideration.