University of Copenhagen
With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries.
Research at the University of Copenhagen
The motivational force of the University's research activities is financially and politically independent, i.e. free basic research; however, specific collaborative endeavours with other institutions and companies also have a place among the countless research activities. The dissemination of knowledge and findings to other research environments and the general public is a natural element of the University's research efforts.
The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is the University of Copenhagen's distinguishing feature and strength. Within the shared framework, the University is divided into six academic fields referred to as faculties. The faculties are further divided into departments and institutes acting as the primary workplace for the University's researchers. The University is also home to a number of centres, interdisciplinary projects and other units typically focusing their work on research in more specific academic areas.
A merger with The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and The Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2007 has led to the formation of one of the largest Health and Life Science centres in Northern Europe consisting of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
Education at the University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen is the largest educational institution in Denmark. Together, the six faculties offer over 200 programmes for study in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology.
The University aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobs in the private and public sectors. For this reason, education at the University covers specific skills and scientific methods as well as other more theoretical skills that will enable graduates to improve their qualifications. Teaching and research are closely integrated in order to achieve this, first and foremost by according them equal importance in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff and whenever possible basing the teaching on research.
The University of Copenhagen offers several degrees of education in a variety of subjects. The degree structure is divided into three levels. 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 the theological, medical and dentistry degrees differ from this model. All masters degrees obtained from the University of Copenhagen can be extended with three more years of postgraduate work leading to a PhD degree.
The University of Copenhagen offers a significant number of courses in English each semester. This allows exchange students to put together a comprehensive study programme, which will meet the demands of their home institutions.
Quality assurance of study programmes
Study programmes at the University of Copenhagen have to meet the most stringent international standards for higher education. The University of Copenhagen’s quality assurance system is based on Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area and the Danish Accreditation Institution’s guidelines.