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Danish universities receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship you must be...

  • a citizen of a country outside the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland

  • enrolled in a full degree higher education programme

  • granted a time-limited residence permit in Denmark due to education

The scholarships are administered by the Danish universities, who each select the students, who are awarded with a scholarship. For further information about the government scholarship, please consult the admission details of the higher education institution of your choice.

Please note: The government scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs. However, since the scholarships are administered by the higher education institutions themselves, you should enquire at the institution of your choice for further details.


A Master's programme in Denmark is an advanced, research-based course that take two years. It consist of compulsory courses, elective courses and thematic courses. You can often choose between a general track, or a specialisation within your programme.

It includes a final dissertation (normally 30-60 ECTS credits) or, in certain subjects, a more practical project.

The main pedagogic model in Denmark is problem-based learning. Teaching is done through lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, study visits and project work. Your Master's studies will end after the production of a thesis, based on a large project corresponding to six or nine months of work. Some universities allow you to work on your thesis either independently or as a part of a group.

Universities often have good links with the private and public sector as well as other institutions, so there will be good opportunities to opt for placements and study abroad.

Candidatus is the name for a Master's in Denmark. The title of Master's is then made up of the degree (Cand., short for Candidatus) and the discipline in which it was studied.


If you wish to apply for admission to a Master's (candidatus) programme or an adult education programme (Academy Profession, Diploma or Master degree), please contact the educational institution directly. A guidance counsellor at the institution or faculty can help you find out whether your educational background is relevant to the programme that you want to study.

To be admitted to a Master’s programme, you must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree, professional Bachelor’s degree or another degree on the same level (European Qualification Framework level 6).

If, at the time of application, you await your Bachelor's diploma, please note that Non-EU/EEA applicants without an EU/EEA Bachelor's degree must submit their Bachelor's diploma, or an official confirmation of graduation from the university

Programme specific requirements

Most of our programmes have a number of minimum requirements regarding the academic content of your qualifying degree. As a rule, all academic requirements must be fulfilled in your Bachelor’s degree, though some programmes allow you to follow supplementary courses.

On the websites of the individual programmes you will find the academic requirements listed as well as information on any special admission procedures or documents to be included in the application for this particular programme.

Requirements are stated in terms of ECTS points. 1 ECTS point is equivalent to 25-30 hours workload.


If you are considering to study in Denmark, there are plenty of quality institutions to choose from. In fact, five universities in Denmark make the top 400 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Here is a list of programs taught in English:

  • IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

  • Roskilde University (RUC)

  • Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

  • Aarhus University (AU)

  • Aalborg University (AAU)

  • University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU) University Colleges

  • Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

  • University College South Denmark

  • University College of Northern Denmark (UCN)

  • UCL University College

  • University College Copenhagen

  • University College Absalon

  • VIA University College

  • Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC)

  • Aarhus school of Maritime and Technical Engineering

  • Copenhagen School of Maritime Education and Training

  • Maritime Training and Education Centre (MARTEC)

  • International Business Academy (IBA)

  • Dania Academy

  • Zealand - Academy of Technologies and Business

  • Business Academy Aarhus

  • Copenhagen Business Academy

  • Business Academy SouthWest

  • KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


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