Get an introduction to the welcome programme for international students at Faculty of Science in this short video.
High quality education in English, a flexible study structure, excellent facilities, a truly international study environment, attractive and green campus areas and the opportunity to experience life in Copenhagen, the cool capital of Denmark. These are some of the qualities about studying at Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) at University of Copenhagen that our many international students value.
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) has four campus areas in Copenhagen. The Physics MSc programme is primarily based at North Campus, more specifically at the Niels Bohr Institute which is part of an exciting and international research environment.
The University’s North Campus, home to scientific, pharmaceutical and health science research and neighbour to the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Metropolitan University College and Fælledparken, is centrally located.
Many exciting building activities are going on at the campus areas at the moment, including the construction of a new Natural History Museum and the Niels Bohr Building at North Campus. In general, North Campus, home to scientific, pharmaceutical and health science research and neighbour to the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Metropolitan University College and Fælledparken, is being developed into a coherent district, Copenhagen Science City, based on the concepts of science, health and interdisciplinarity.
International student environment
Roughly 9,500 students, including around 1,200 international students, are engaged in the Faculty's 21 BSc and 33 MSc programmes. An additional 1150 PhD students, many of whom are also from international backgrounds, round out the student population. The study and research environment at SCIENCE is, therefore, very international.
Throughout the year, various social activities are arranged for all SCIENCE students and for international students specifically. These activities include Introduction Days for new students, orientation programmes for international students, international dinners, courses, lectures, sports activities such as fun runs or bicycle races, and career workshops.
Students live in residence halls outside campus or share a flat in the Copenhagen area. It is easy to go to or move between the different campus areas. The relatively small size of Copenhagen makes it easy to get around, even by bike.
The safe atmosphere, the well-developed infrastructure, the low level of pollution and the many cultural events all contribute to making Copenhagen one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The Physics programme takes place at the Niels Bohr Institute, where friendships evolve through both study and the numerous opportunities for students to engage in academic associations and social events.
A professional physics environment with easy access to researchers
The Niels Bohr Institute is characterised by a professional atmosphere with a diverse international research staff whose doors are (nearly) always open for student questions, suggestions or guidance.
As students, you will learn to work as physicists via instruction in experiments and both analytical and numerical problem solving, as well as in lectures. Introductory core coursework ensures that all physics students obtain a solid foundation in general physics areas including quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, classical mechanics, the theory of relativity and electromagnetism.
A lively environment for physics’ students
Campus life breeds close interaction among students, educators and researchers. The department’s spirit is influenced by many student-run activities, including the comedy revue, FysikRevyTM, student politics, via the study council, and the Science Playroom, known in Danish as “Den Naturvidenskabelige Legestue”.
Social activities range from a football team to the weekly Friday Bar. Find out more:
Teaching, laboratory exercises and seminars
The academic year is divided into four nine-week blocks. The MSc programme includes many small, highly specialised courses. The result is that you will often experience lectures, calculation exercises and possible lab or computer-based exercises among small groups of fellow students. This provides a great opportunity to become well acquainted with instructors.
Student involvement is an important part of instruction, and a tradition of lively discussion and cooperation is well established within the department. For instance, many physics courses incorporate colloquiums and seminars.
Housing Foundation Copenhagen is an independent entity which assists international students and researchers at University of Copenhagen in finding accommodation.
You may also choose to find housing on you own. In that case, you may wish to make use of some our tips on how to get started.