Below you will find the answers to the following questions:

Admission and application

How do I prove my academic qualifications and English skills/do I have to take an IELTS/TOEFL test?



Admission and application

Q: Does my degree qualify?

A: Unfortunately, it is not possible to get an answer before the round of admission. Applications are only assessed by the Board of Admission during the round of admission which means you have to apply in order to know. In the meantime, you can have a look at our admission requirements and compare them with your own academic qualifications.

Q: I  have passed a Master programme of 60 ECTS after finishing my bachelor degree, can it count as part of my admission?

A: No, 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.

Q: I have passed courses during my bachelor’s degree which was not a part of my bachelor degree, can it count as part of my admission?

A: Activities that have been passed before the bachelor degree was finished will be considered when the applicant’s academic qualifications is assessed. No more than 30 ECTS credits like this can be taken into account in the assessment.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: You can read more about the deadlines under Application Procedure

Q: How do I apply?

A: Applicants are to apply through the University of Copenhagen's online application portal. Follow these links for more information on the online application procedure, the application procedure and admission requirements.

Q: How many students are admitted into the MSc in Security Risk Management?

A: A maximum of 50 students will be admitted.

Q: Can I apply even though I do not have a bachelor degree in Political Science, Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, International Studies, International Business and Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology or equivalent from a recognized university?

A: In order to be admitted into the Master’s programme in Security Risk Management, applicants must have passed a bachelor degree in one of the above-mentioned or equivalent from a recognized university. You will not get admitted if your bachelor degree differs. You can read more about degrees that do not qualify and degrees based in humanities or business studies here.

Q: What is the tuition fee for the MSc in Security Risk Management?

A: EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not have to pay tuition fee, but non-EU/EEA citizens have to pay tuition fee. See the amount at tuition fee.

Q: What should I include in my statement of purpose?

A: The statement of purpose for wanting to study MSc in Security Risk Management should be at maximum 1 page covering your

  • motivation for applying,
  • knowledge of the programme and relevant experience (for example; internships, student jobs, academic publications, military experience).

Q: When will I know whether I have been accepted to the programme or not?

A: It depends on whether you are an EU applicant or a Non-EU/EEA applicants. Please read more at the page for Application Procedure.

Q: I have yet to finish my bachelor programme and have therefore yet to receive my qualifying degree; can I still apply?

A: If you are on your last semester of you bachelor's degree (or equivalent), you may apply without a degree certificate. You must enclose documentation of the courses, which you will complete during the last semester of your bachelor programme.

Q: Is it possible to have my academic qualifications assessed before applying in order to know whether I qualify for admission?

A: The staff at the Department of Political Science is unable to determine in advance whether or not you qualify for admission. A detailed individual academic assessment is only made by the Board of Admission during the round of admission.

How do I prove my academic qualifications and English skills/do I have to take an IELTS/TOEFL test?

Q: How do I prove my English skills?

A: You can find information on how to document your English language level here.

The Department of Political Science does not make exemptions from this requirement.

Q: Which documents should I send with the application?

A: The application should enclose a list of important documentation in order for the Board of Admission to assess your application. We have made a list of all the required documentation. Please have a look here for applicants from Denmark, EU/EEA and Schwitzerland and here for applicants from outside EU/EEA and Schwitzerland.

Q: How do I prove the admissions requirement of 15 ECTS ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods within the social sciences?

To guarantee the best assessment of your application, it is important to send short description (approximately 1-2 pages) of how the requirement of 15 ECTS of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods within the social sciences is covered in the qualifying bachelor degree. You can read more about this criteria here.

Q: Should I include documents in my application in addition to those required?

A: No, only the documents listed here will be taken into consideration in the Board of Admission's assessment of your application.


Q: Is it possible to arrange an internship as part of the programme?

A: Academic internships may replace subject elements corresponding to no more than 7,5 ECTS credits. During an academic internship, a project assignment is written in connection with a formal job placement. A permanent, salaried post cannot be approved as an academic internship. A project supervisor must be attached to both the academic internship and the project assignment.

Q: Is it possible to arrange a stay abroad as part of the programme?

A: Students in the MSc Programme in Security Risk Management are entitled to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits from another university in Denmark or abroad. However, courses must correspond to the courses in the MSc programme.

Q: Can I transfer credits form previous studies to the master programme?

A: Credits from previous studies can only be transferred if they are equivalent to courses within the MSc programme in Security Risk Management and are at a master’s level. Applications for credit transfers can only be processed after admission to the programme.

Q: Does any of the courses have compulsory attendance?

A: In the course Security Risk Management on the first semester an overall attendance of 75% is required.


Q: Does the university provide students in the MSc programme on Security Risk Management with housing?

A: The University of Copenhagen is unable to assist students in finding accommodation.  Students thus have to find housing on their own. For more information on housing in Copenhagen, please see the International Office's general information about housing or Study in Denmark

It can be difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen, so we recommend that you arrive well ahead in order to search for accommodation.

Q: When should I arrive in Copenhagen?

A: That is up to you, but we recommend that you arrive at least few days prior to commencing the programme in order to settle in and get to know the city.

The semester begins during the first week of September. but there will be some introduction days in the end of August.

Q: What kind of student jobs are available for international students in Copenhagen?

A: As a student in Denmark, you are able to work part time. A good place to look for job ads is the University of Copenhagen's general job site.

Q: Where do I find information about living, legal matters, insurance etc.?

A: You can get help with questions regarding living, legal matters, insurance and health issues at this website: studies.ku.dk/welcome.

You may also contact the Faculty of Social Science: admissions@samf.ku.dk for questions concerning application procedure, admission requirements, residence permit and work permit.