FAQ about Global Development
We receive more than 600 applications for the 60 places at Global Development and therefore we ask you to make sure that your degree qualifies before applying for admission. In case your degree does not qualify we kindly ask you not to apply as it will not be taken into consideration.
Degrees that qualify for admission are:
- Natural resources
- Political science
- Development Studies
- Business studies/administration (however not pure marketing degrees)
- International Relation
or any combination of the above degrees
The above degrees only qualify if they contain at least 15 ECTS points of qualitative and/or quantitative social science methods. By social science methods we are referring to statistics, ethnography, econometrics, survey research, participant observation or the like.
Degrees that do not qualify for admission are:
- Communication and Media studies (including business communication)
- Language studies
- Tourism studies
- Art studies
- Social Work
- Science degrees (biology, chemistry, mathematics etc)
- Graphical Design
- Public Relations
Please note that these degrees do not qualify regardless of relevant experience, letter of motivation etc. and 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.
If you look at the Programme Structure you find a diagram of the courses we are currently offering. If you click on each course you will find more information about the course, the names of the course responsible and the teachers of the course.
The courses currently listed at https://kurser.ku.dk are the running courses and are therefore subject to change.
You can also find more information in the curriculum.
You find the current weekplan under Programme Structure.
Be aware that this is the current weekplan (for the first semester) and it is therefore subject to change. It should however give you an indication of the structure.
A student at global development has a Bsc/BA in anthropology, economics, geography, geoinformatics, natural resources, political science or sociology with a minimum of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Furthermore, we also accept some interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees within the social sciences.
Furthermore, a GD student is a skilled student (marks well above average) who has relevant job experience from international or local companies/organizations/NGOs who in some way operate in relation to the global south.
A GD student is open to the interdisciplinary approach of the programme which includes seeing things from new perspectives and learning from, as well as working closely with, fellow students.
Finally, a GD student has a special interest and motivation in issues related to global development and relations between the global north and global south.
In 2016 we received more than 600 applications for our 60 places.
Global Development is unique in that it is a truly interdisciplinary programme involving five departments and three different faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The courses at the programme have all been developed in close collaboration between at least two teachers from different departments which ensures a cross-disciplinary take on all subjects that form part of the programme.
Furthermore the programme also emphasizes cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration between the students. At the beginning of the first semester the students are divided into smaller study groups where they, for the first year, will work closely with students from other academic backgrounds than their own. That way the students are constantly encouraged to share their experiences, views and knowledge.
Applicants for GD have to fulfill the requirement of having obtained 15 ECTS points of qualitative and/or quantitative methods during their bachelor’s degree. This could be within statistics, econometrics, survey research, ethnography, or training in methods such as interviewing, focus groups, participant observation etc.
The admission board is aware that not all social scientific bachelors have “pure” methodological courses. In that case we ask you to write us half a page describing how you have obtained the theoretical and practical methodological knowledge, equivalent to 15 ECTS, during your bachelor’s degree.
Under “Profile and Career” you will find information about job perspectives and the need for masters in Global Development in private-, organizational- as well as in public sectors.
If you are a EU/EEA/Swiss citizen it is free to study Global Development. If you are not a EU/EEA/Swiss citizen the fee is DKK 75.000 per academic year. For non EU/EEA/Swiss citizens an application fee applies. You can see more about fees under “Application Procedure”.
If you click on “Application Procedure” and choose your citizenship you will find a complete checklist on what to upload – if you click on “Link to Information and User Guide” you will find a lot of helpful information regarding the application procedure. The Student Advisory Service can also help you with your questions – you find our contact information under “Contact”.
If you click on “Application Procedure” and choose your citizenship you will find a complete checklist on what to upload – and a guide on how to do it.
It can be difficult for students to find a place to stay in Copenhagen. We recommend our students to start looking for a place as soon as they are admitted to Global Development as it may take a while to find housing.
The Faculty of Social Sciences is not able to provide housing or accommodation to its MSc degree students.
There are a lot of internet pages where housings are offered and requested. We recommend you to look at the various housing portals online. You can read more about housing at UCPH´s Welcome International Students page, and go to "Housing and money. We also recommend that you have a look at this article from The University Post to get an overview of the options.
At the website Study in Denmark you will find a lot of different information about living in Denmark, including: permits, visas, health, accommodation, work etc.
At the website Study start – MSc students you can read more about studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCPH.
The rules for Danish residence documents – including work permits – depend on your citizenship.
If you are offered admission to the MSc degree programme in Global development, the Faculty will send you elaborate information about how and when to apply for .
Read more about the rules for obtaining Danish residence permits here.
CPR stands for Det Centrale Personregister, which translates to the Civil Registration System.
A CPR number is a personal identification number which, among other things, facilitates accurate linkage between all Danish national registers.
Your CPR number consists of ten digits. The first six digits are your date of birth, and the last four are your unique identification number. The last digit of your CPR number indicates your sex. If it is an odd digit you are male, and if it is an even digit you are female.
Residents of Denmark are legally required to have a CPR number. You will also notice that your CPR number grants your access to a number of services in Denmark. You will need it in order to open a bank account, get a Danish phone number, borrow books at the library, take out insurance, etc.
If you are offered admission to the MSc degree in Global Development, the Faculty will send elaborate information on how to obtain your CPR number.