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Higher education

More than 600 programmes are taught in English.

  • Universities

Most universities are multi-faculty institutions covering a wide range of disciplines with a few specializing in science and technology, IT, business, architecture, fine arts and music.

  • University Colleges

The university colleges combine theoretical studies with practical application in a range of subject areas. Work placements are always included in the programmes, which prepare you to enter specific professions. Courses are offered in areas such as business, education, engineering, IT, nursing, social work, etc.

  • Academies of Professional Higher Education (AP programmes)

The programmes offered at the academies of professional higher education combine theory with practice. They are available in a range of disciplines, including business, technology, IT, multimedia, food industry, tourism, etc.

  • University level institutions of fine and performing arts, design and architecture

University level institutions of fine and performing arts, design and architecture offer research-based programs starting from Bachelors and continuing with Masters and PhD programmes.


Undergraduate level

Academy Profession Programmes (AP)

  • 2 years (120 ECTS credits)
  • offer a niche set of programmes: communications, computer science, design and technology, hospitality and tourism management, marketing management and multimedia design
  • tend to be smaller than universities

Bachelors degrees

Professional Bachelor Programme = three to four and a half years

Subject areas: engineering, IT management, nursing, health and nutrition, teacher training, journalism and social education. Most programmes give access to further study at the postgraduate level.

University Bachelor Programme = three years

Teaching is research-based. It provides students with abroad academic foundation, as well as specialized knowledge. Towards the end of the programme you are required to submit a final project. The programme qualifies you to either enter the labor market or to pursue postgraduate studies.

Postgraduate level

Candidatus / Masters degrees = two years

It includes a final dissertation (normally 30-60 ECTS credits) or, in certain subjects, a more practical project. Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to enter the labor market or undertake further studies (e.g. a PhD).

PhD studies = three years

They are offered at research institutions and universities that have established a PhD school. These educational establishments all offer excellent research, library and laboratory facilities.

Find your study programme

Use the official website  "study in denmark".


Entry requirements for an undergraduate programme

  • secondary school leaving diploma
  • good knowledge of Danish for programmes taught in Danish
  • good knowledge of English for programmes taught in English

English tests

Apply online

You can apply for up to 8 different programmes online on OPTAGELSE.DK from 1st February to 15th March. You have to you prioritize the applications according to where you prefer to study.

Distance learning

A few master programmes are offered on a part-time and/or distance learning basis and can therefore be completed while working full-time. Check the information on the websites of the universities.

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