Student life

Academic environment

The MSc in Security Risk Management is part of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. The Department of Political Science provides an active academic environment with its about 1700 students and strong and international research in a wide range of areas within political science. In terms of security and risk research the department is one of the leading in the world today having established the research centres Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and Centre for Military Studies (CMS). Together these three centres both provide research in security theory, risk and peace as well as military solutions to world conflicts. Furthermore, they offer various lectures and workshops in which students can participate. In addition to security and risk, the department also provides strong research in organisation and management as well as researchers specialised in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Social environment

Being a student in the MSc programme in Security Risk Management is not only an academic experience. The Department of Political Science is situated right in the heart of Copenhagen only a few steps from the city centre. The old buildings of what used to be a hospital set the frame for a vibrant student life with student cafés, a very popular weekly Friday bar, various student associations and many other social events. Moreover, the University of Copenhagen has a sports association, USG, which offers all students more than 80 different sporting activities. There are thus plenty of opportunities to meet and socialise with fellow students. Please click here for more information about student life and studying at UCPH


Since it can be difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen, foreign students are strongly advised to make arrangements concerning accommodation before leaving for Denmark.

International Education at the University of Copenhagen has some very useful information on their website about finding your own accommodation in Copenhagen.

Information from International Education is primarily intended for exchange students. However, as a full-degree student, you can also apply for student accommodation. An useful website:


Tuition at Danish educational institutions is free of charge for EU/EEA students. Support for students’ living costs is awarded by the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (Danish acronym: SU). If you are not a Danish citizen, you must meet certain conditions to apply.

Find out whether you are entitled to apply for SU at SU as a foreign citizen.

All students have to pay for their own living expenses. For more information on living in Denmark and an estimate of living expenses and other useful information, please visit e.g. Study in Denmark or the website of International Education at the University of Copenhagen.