Language requirements

To gain admission to a master's degree programme at University of Copenhagen that is taught in English, applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish upper secondary school 'English level B' with a weighted grade point average of at least 3.0 not rounding up.

We accept the following ways of documenting this:

1) English proficiency tests

Accepted tests and scores are the following:

  • TOEFL IBT internet-based test: minimum total score of 83 (there is no requirement of a specific score in the four disciplines) - please be advised that the Faculty of Social Sciences does not accept MyBest Scores. TOEFL test takers are required to choose the Faculty of Social Sciences (institution code: 8928) as recipient of the test results.
  • IELTS (academic) test: minimum overall band score of 6.5 (there is no requirement of a specific score in the four disciplines)
  • The following Cambridge English tests - minimum score 180 (C1-level)
    • C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
    • C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE

It is a requirement that the TOEFL and IELTS certificates are no more than 2 years old at the beginning of the degree studies, whereas there is no period of limitation for the Cambridge.

Due to the Corona situation we will extraordinarily accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for the 2020 student intake. You can read more about this test on the ETS website.

NOTICE: As of 1 September 2021, the MSc in Global Development will tighten the TOEFL and IELTS language score requirements to the following:
  • An overall IELTS band score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each discipline
  • An overall TOEFL score of at least 83 with a minimum of 20 in each discipline
Applicants who apply for admission to the September 2021 intake must, thus, provide documentary proof that they meet the new tighetened score requirement when submitting an IELTS or a TOELF as documentation of an adequate level of English language proficiency.

2) You have completed your upper secondary education in Denmark

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test if you submit documentary proof that you have completed your upper secondary education in Denmark with English on par with Danish B-level with a weighted grade point average of at least 3.0 not rounding up.

3) You have completed your upper secondary education in either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test, if you submit documentary proof that you have completed your upper secondary education in either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland and your upper secondary school leaving certificate includes courses which equals English on par with Danish B-level with a weighted grade point average of at least 3.0 not rounding up.

4) You have studied in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the US

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test, if you submit documentary proof that you either have completed your upper secondary education or have studied and passed a Bachelor's degree at university in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the US.

NOTE: The Faculty of Social Sciences does NOT accept personal recommendations and attestations of English proficiency from former universities, professors etc. as documentary proof of adequate English proficiency.