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University of Copenhagen

  • SIZE> 12,000 students

  • AGEMature

  • STATUS Private


  • FOCUS Comprehensive


The University of Copenhagen is a research-led university which provides research and education of the highest international standards.

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. According to QS World University Rankings® 2016, UCPH is the highest ranked university in the Nordic region and number 20 in Europe.

The University of Copenhagen is a member of globally leading international research alliances such as IARU (International Alliance of Research Universities) and LERU (League of European Research Universities).

The university has partnerships with private sector companies such as for example GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes and VELUX. Talented researchers collaborate to bring scientific discoveries from the laboratory to society. In addition, UCPH signs approx. 800 collaboration agreements every year with both public and private companies.

Competitive research funds make up 40% of the total research budget, and UCPH is among the top 5 universities in Europe in attracting grants from the European Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

International full-degree students make up 10% of the total student population and, in addition, UCPH welcomes approximately 2,000 international exchange students every year. UCPH partners with world class institutions around the world to attract talented students and researchers, and the university’s international study environment is supported by an increasing number of international researchers and academic staff.

The University of Copenhagen is located in the city of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. It is the geographic centre of Greater Copenhagen – Northern Europe’s Hub for Science and Innovation with a high number of research institutions and a flourishing start-up environment.

The university was founded in 1479 and is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. It has four campuses, each with its unique atmosphere and environment. The campus structures range from historic buildings in the city centre to high-technology laboratories and auditoriums.

The university is comprised of six faculties with more than 100 departments and research centres.


Education at the University of Copenhagen

UCPH offers two-year master’s degree programmes, PhD programmes as well as one-year professional master’s programmes, summer courses and free online courses all taught in English. The bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish.

The University of Copenhagen is a research intensive university where teaching and research go hand-in-hand.

Education at the University of Copenhagen is designed to promote creativity, innovation as well as analytical and critical thinking. It combines traditional lectures and tutorials with teaching and assignments that help students develop a critical approach, strong problem solving skills and collaborative skills.


Copenhagen: the capital of Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark with a population of 1.2 million. In addition to being a vibrant, efficient and sustainable city, Copenhagen captivates visitors and residents alike with its historical charm.

Internationally, the city continues to rank amongst the cleanest, safest and most livable cities in the world. It is easy to get around on a bicycle or by public transportation.

  • 69.2
    Overall Score
  • 81.7
    Academic Reputation
  • 26.9
    Citations per Faculty
  • 54.2
    Employer Reputation
  • 99.9
    Faculty Student
  • 84.9
    International Faculty
  • 26.5
    International Students
  • 85.6
    Overall Score
  • 81.3
    Academic Reputation
  • 90.2
    Citations per Paper
  • 79.8
    Employer Reputation
  • 87.2
    H-index Citations
Graduate Employability Ranking
  • 48.6-49.9
    Overall Score
  • 77.8
    Alumni Outcomes
  • 37.5
    Employer Reputation
  • 57.7
    Partnerships with Employers
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

Number of academic faculty staff

In total

Number of students

Postgraduate 49%
Undergraduate 51%

Number of international students

Postgraduate 61%
Undergraduate 39%
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

Undergraduate Offers

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54 Postgraduate Courses

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English Language Proficiency Requirements

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