Study structure – University of Copenhagen

Study structure

The study structure at the University of Copenhagen is divided into three levels and follows a 3+2+3 structure. Three years of undergraduate studies lead to a bachelor’s degree, and an additional two years lead to a master’s degree. Only the structures of a few degrees differ from this model. All master's degrees obtained from the University of Copenhagen can be extended with three more years of postgraduate work leading to a PhD degree.

Teaching and exams

At the University of Copenhagen you will experience many different types of teaching during your studies. Each programme consists of a mix of lectures and tutorials. Some include student presentations and project-based work, and many programmes also have practical assignments as well as lab- and fieldwork.

Students are assessed after taking one of the following types of examinations: paper, written examination, oral examination, or active participation. In addition, some courses may require the successful completion of written, oral, or practical assignments during the course.

Credit system

The University of Copenhagen uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which defines a full study load for one year as 60 ECTS. The number of credits awarded for each course varies depending on the workload.

Academic calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters: autumn semester (September to January) and spring semester (February to June). All faculties use the semester structure except for the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health. Here, the courses are organised in a block structure, dividing the academic year (60 ECTS) into four nine-week blocks.

The dates below give an overall view of the academic calendar (autumn and spring semester) at UCPH. Please contact the individual departments to confirm their specific teaching schedules.

Academic year 2018/2019

Autumn semester: 1 September 2018 – 31 January 2019
(classes typically end in December)
Spring semester: 1 February 2019 – 30 June 2019
(classes typically end in May/early June)

Academic Calendar of the Faculty of Science.
Academic Calendar of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health: Please write to exchangeincoming@sund.ku.dk

General holidays and breaks:

Autumn holiday: 15 - 19 October 2018
Christmas and New Year: 22 December 2018 - 1 January 2019
Easter Holidays: 18  -  22 April 2019
Labour Day: 1 May 2019
Prayer day: 17 May 2019 
Ascension Day: 30 May 2019 
Constitution Day: 5 June 2019
Whit Monday: 10 June 2019

Academic year 2019/2020

Autumn semester: 1 September 2019 – 31 January 2020
(classes typically end in December)
Spring semester: 1 February 2020 – 30 June 2020
(classes typically end in May/early June)

Academic Calendar of the Faculty of Science.
Academic Calendar of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Master’s programme in Global Health: Please write to exchangeincoming@sund.ku.dk

General holidays and breaks:

Autumn holiday: 14 - 18 October 2019
Christmas and New Year: 23 December 2019 - 1 January 2020
Easter Holidays: 9 to 13 April 2020
Labour Day: 1 May 2020
Prayer day: 8 May 2020
Ascension Day: 21 May 2020
Constitution Day: 5 June 2020
Whit Monday: 1 June 2020

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