Admission requirements

Students at campus. Photo: Jakob DallAdmission to the MSc in Social Data Science requires the completion of a qualifying Bachelor’s degree from a recognised/accredited university. The degree must be equivalent in level and content to a Danish Bachelor’s degree.

If you have completed a qualifying Bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a qualifying Bachelor’s degree programme, you are eligible to apply for admission to the MSc in Social Data Science.

You are required to document an adequate level of proficiency in English; see the language requirements

Assessment of academic qualifications

Only the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree will be considered when the applicant’s academic qualifications are assessed. This means that it is not possible to complete supplementary courses in order to meet the specific admission requirements.

The only exception to this are courses which have been completed before the Bachelor’s degree was finished. These courses can either be part of a previous study programme or have been taken as single courses. But no more than 30 ECTS credits from such courses can be taken into account in the assessment.

Improved grades are not considered

Any improved grades are not considered. This is due to the fact that in Denmark it is not possible to improve grades in courses that has already been passed on the Bachelor's degree programme. Thus, if you have been awarded more than one grade in the same course, we will only consider the grade that you were awarded the first time that you passed the course when calculating your grade point average.

All applicants from non-Danish universities must, consequently, upload a complete transcript showing all examination attempts, the date of each examination attempt and the appurtenant exam result. If the applicant is unable to obtain a complete transcript from the home university, a confirmation that the applicant's transcript does not contain improved grades issued by the current home university is required instead.

Random checks of the applicant's basis for admission may also be made to the home university. In the case of admitted students, any fraudulent information in terms of grades may result in the student being deregistered from the degree programme in case of admission without entitlement.

However, any grade awarded on the basis of an appeal against the original grade will be considered. In this case, it must be clearly stated that this is an improved grade as a result of a complaint. Any such grade must be made available to the Faculty no later than the deadline for applications. Otherwise, the grade can only be considered in subsequent application rounds.

Please contact the admissions office if you are in doubt about the rules or have questions about your entry qualifications.



In order to be admitted into the MSc in Social Data Science, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold one of the following Bachelor’s degrees from a Danish university, a Bachelor’s degree from a Danish university equivalent to any of the fields below or a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised international university equivalent to any of the fields below:

Agricultural economics

Global business informatics


International business and politics

Business administration and digital management


Business administration and project management

Organisational learning

Business administration and psychology

Political science

Business administration and sociology


Digital design and interactive technologies

Public administration


Public health

Economics and business administration

Social science

Education science


European business

Sociology and cultural analysis

European ethnology


    • As of 1 September 2022 (i.e., from the Summer 2022 intake), the Bachelor's degree in Data Science does not automatically fulfil the admission requirements. This means that, in each individual case, the University will make an individual assessment of whether the degree programme fulfils the admission requirements stipulated below.

    • Or hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Danish or international university with at least 30 ECTS credits from social sciences courses of which at least one should be a practical methods course. Social sciences courses include, among other things, social statistics courses, ethnography courses and other courses on qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis; courses on culture, organisation, leadership, innovation, management or related topics which involve empirical data collection, processing or analysis; and Bachelor and other self-defined projects which include social data collection, processing or analysis.

    • And proficiency in English corresponding to at least English B-level; cf. Section 11 of the Danish Ministerial Order on Admission at Universities. For information on how to meet the language requirements, please click here.

    Degrees that do not qualify for admission:

    For your guidance the following Danish degrees do not qualify for admission:

    • Professionsbachelor i Eksport og teknologi
    • Professionsbachelor i Finans
    • Professionsbachelor i Leisure Management
    • Professionsbachelor i Value Chain Management
    • Professionsbachelor i Økonomi og informationsteknologi
    • Professionsbachelor i Offentlig administration
    • Professionsbachelor i Skat
    • Professionsbachelor Socialrådgiver

     The list is not exhaustive.

    Check which master’s programmes at UCPH your bachelor programme is pre-approved for admission to. Please note that the admission tool is only available in Danish.