Human Biology

Master (2 years) of Science in Human Biology, 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus North Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 8400 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The MSc in Human Biology focuses on the study of the biological processes affecting human beings. The broad study of human biology combined with substantial research and experimentation work gives students a unique set of biomedical and research skills. Graduates of the programme will be able to conduct independent research, as well as to evaluate and consult on complex problems relating to human health.

After passing the exams in animal science and isotope techniques students will obtain legal licenses to perform independent research with these techniques. 

About the degree

The degree is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree from within all fields of health or natural sciences.

Career Opportunities  

With a degree in Human Biology you are prepared for a wide range of careers within research, development and consulting and is an excellent foundation for further PhD research. Over 50% of Human Biology students continue onto a PhD.

Graduates have found both public and private sector employment, in e.g. the biomedical industry, the environment sector, large biotechnology companies, food technology firms as well as research centers, hospitals and academic institutions.

The Human Biology programme has also established a committee made up of members of the National Research Council, scientists from private and public research groups, University lecturers as well as representatives from the programme itself who can assist students in networking and provide guidance on job prospects.


To qualify for admission to the MSc programme in Human Biology, applicants must have a relevant Bachelor's degree, and meet the language requirements.
To achieve admission, students must have completed a Bachelor's degree in the health or natural sciences, or have equivalent professional qualifications from a university or institute of higher education with university status. Previous applicants have held Bachelor's degrees in, among other:
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Sports Science
  • Biophysics
  • Odontology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medicine

The Bachelor's degree upon which applicants base their application must have been passed within five years before the initiation of the first semester of the master's programme. The Bachelor's degree must have been passed with a weighted grade average of 7 or above (Danish marking scale).

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of University of Copenhagen.

Apply directly at University of Copenhagen with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact University of Copenhagen directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

North Campus


North Campus

With the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) as the next door neighbour, the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are very well placed in the North Campus. North Campus is an ideal setting for interdisciplinary reseach fields. Massive investments in research infrastructure, including the construction of the Niels Bohr Building and the Maersk Building,  are currently being made to develop the area around the North Campus into Copenhagen Science City. North Campus is very centrally located and transport links are excellent. Many students and teacher  also use their bike, and biking in Copenhagen is easy and convenient.
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