About Denmark


There are eight universities, 10 university colleges and 9 Academies of Professional Higher Education in Denmark. All three types of higher education institution teach some courses in English. Currently there are around 330 taught Master’s programmes offered in English and these are mostly offered at the eight universities.

The Danish higher education system focuses on finding solutions to global problems so courses involve traditional lectures, industry collaborations and innovative teaching methods to encourage students to think outside the box. Typically the reputation of Danish higher education is highest in fields such as engineering, life sciences and environmental studies although there is excellence in every sector.

The Danish University Colleges are quite different to institutions with the same status elsewhere. They perform a similar function to Universities of Applied Sciences in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland etc. Since 2013 University Colleges have expanded their remit beyond the teaching of vocational subjects to develop applied research in their fields of excellence. These are usually still directly related to particular professions such as business, teacher training, physiotherapy, engineering, applied ICT etc. Previously, research and development, within specific professional areas were undertaken solely by universities. In addition to carrying out applied R&D, the University Colleges must ensure that the new knowledge is transferrable into practice by delivering more research-based teaching. This could see an increase in Master’s degrees in English over the coming years as more researchers with PhD’s are recruited to work there. However, the strict demarcation between subject areas will continue meaning that postgraduate education at research universities and University Colleges should not overlap as it might in the United Kingdom, for example.

Master’s degrees in Denmark are designated as Candidatus followed by the subject area in Latin. This is equivalent to MA, MSc etc. Degrees typically last two years and comprise 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Some Master’s degrees are longer. Examples include medicine and veterinary medicine. Approximately six to nine months of your Master’s study will be spent writing your thesis.

Accreditation and Recognition

Higher education in Denmark is regulated by the state. Danish educational institutions enjoy a high degree of autonomy but are required to follow national regulations in terms of teacher qualifications, degree structures and examination processes.

This ensures that all students in Denmark obtain an education of high international quality and relevance that meets a minimum guaranteed standard.

All higher education institutions in Denmark have agreed to a set of ethical guidelines (Code of Conduct) for the recruitment, admission and education of international students. This is your guarantee that you will receive proper information, guidance and treatment as an international student in Denmark. The Code of Conduct applies to both exchange students and full degree students.

You can download the code of conduct here: http://dkuni.dk/Internationalt/~/~/media/EAF3BA3FFA4A4A23A7511EF8D2EE17B0.ashx