Field work – University of Copenhagen

Field work

The field trip module covers nine weeks and is divided into the following parts:

  • 2½ weeks of preparation in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 5 weeks of field work in one of two possible destinations within Europe and Africa
  • 1½ weeks of working on the field work report in Copenhagen

2½ weeks of preparation

The 2½ weeks of preparation for the field work takes place in Copenhagen. Through lectures, presentations and group work around specific cases, you will become further skilled in applied research methodologies, building on previous courses.

5 weeks of field work

During the five weeks of field-based study period, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience related to the use of the research methods taught in Copenhagen. You will obtain valuable information regarding environmental and public health services, disease patterns and other issues related to the country or region of the host institution.

During the field work you will visit field sites and receive lectures and supervision by local as well as accompanying staff. You will be working in groups as well as individually, collecting and analysing data, and will start writing up your field report.

1½ weeks of working on the field work report

Upon returning to Copenhagen, you will continue working on your data analysis and field reports. You will present your findings to each other and give and get feedback on your work by fellow students as well as supervisors, before writing up the final report.


The teaching, supervision and other academic activities taking place as part of the field work module – both in Copenhagen and abroad – is covered as part of the programme.

However, students must bear the expenses connected with travel, insurance, vaccinations, food, and lodging for the field trip themselves. These expenses depend on the destination, as the travel to a destination in Europe will be less expensive than going to Africa.