Application and admission
The dates of the next application period for the Master of Headache Disorders will be announced here and via the programme newsletter.
Programme application period
October 2021 to April 2022
Course application deadline
8 weeks prior to course start
Admission criteria and documentation
To be admitted to the Master of Headache Disorders or individual courses within this programme, you must meet the following criteria:
Either a master’s degree in neurology, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, public health or similar, or a relevant bachelor’s degree in nursing, physiotherapy or similar.
The qualifying degree must be obtained from a recognised higher education institution in Denmark or abroad.
To apply, you must submit a certified copy of your degree certificate or diploma and may include an academic transcript. If the document is not in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation. A certified copy is a copy of an academic document with an original stamp or seal from the higher education institution that has been certified by a recognised legal or public body. Only copies of academic documents bearing the original stamp or seal will be accepted.
Certificates and diplomas must be presented in person during the first week of the programme.
After having completed the qualifying degree, you must have at least 2 years of relevant work experience demonstrating your clinical competence in pain medicine or headache management.
A curriculum vitae detailing your relevant work experience over at least two years. Your CV must clearly state workplaces, specific work periods and job responsibilities.
You must have a standard of English equivalent to level B in Danish secondary education.
You can demonstrate your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
Native English speakers from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland may submit a copy of the page of their passport that has their photograph as proof.
Nordic applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a certified copy of a high school diploma proving that they have passed English level B or by submitting a certified copy of a bachelor's or master’s diploma from a Nordic university.
Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a certified copy of their degree certificate if their degree was taught in English. A semester or year spent on a student exchange programme is not sufficient.
Applicants working in companies with English as the official working language can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a letter from their employer, on official headed paper, stating that their working language is English.
Applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency if they have passed a recognised English language proficiency test with an adequate score. We accept the following tests:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS/Academic): minimum score 6.5
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum is 560 for the paper test and 83 for the online test
- Cambridge Assessment English: minimum level C1 Advanced
IELTS and TOEFL tests older than 2 years will not be accepted (counted from the programme application deadline). The Cambridge Assessment English may have been gained at any time.
For applicants to the master’s programme
You must prepare a statement of motivation (1 or 2 pages) about why you want to enrol in the Master of Headache Disorders and submit this together with your application.
For applicants to individual courses
You must write a statement of motivation (approximately 500 words) about why you want to enrol in that course and submit this together with your application.
You may apply for enrolment to the full programme or to individual courses. Priority is given to students applying to the full master’s programme.
- Check whether you meet all the admission criteria.
- Collect all the required documentation, including getting copies certified, if necessary.
- Scan all the documents into a single file.
- Fill out the application form and press submit.
- Wait for us to assess your application.
- Look for the results in your registered email account.
You will be notified whether you are successful by email no later than 6 weeks after submitting your application. Note that the University of Copenhagen will maintain a record of your personal data related to your application and whether you were successful.
When applying for admission to the Master of Headache Disorders or to an individual course, you must submit the following documentation:
- A certified copy of your degree certificate or diploma (if submitting several documents, make sure these documents are uploaded as a single file).
- A CV detailing at least two years of relevant work experience.
- A proof of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language.
- A copy of your passport (photo page).
- A statement of motivation
Every other year, up to 25 students are admitted to the master's programme.
Programme selection criteria
The admission committee selects eligible students based on an overall evaluation of the application including evidence of qualifying degree, relevance of work experience in pain medicine and/or headache field, and the motivation and goals for applying to the programme.
Priority for admission on individual courses
Priority is given to students admitted on Master of Headache Disorders. Once the enrolled students have been admitted to individual courses, the remaining seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The admissions committee may admit applicants who are deemed to possess comparable qualifications.
Please note, that you will not be exempt from the requirement for 2 years of relevant work experience.