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Admission requirements

Study life on campus. Photo: Tom Canning

Admission to a master’s degree programme in Global Development requires at minimum successful completion of a qualifying and recognised university degree 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.

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.

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

Does your bachelor's degree fulfill the academic requirements

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
  • 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, 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.