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Application and admission

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Next application round opens in October 2019 with an application deadline 1 May 2020. To apply as a student at the Master of Headache Disorders programme, you must meet the admission criteria listed below.

Admission criteria

Both full programme students and single course students must

  • Hold a relevant bachelor's or master's degree or equivalent 
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience 
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have knowledge of Statistics equivalent to high-school Mathematics level A or B

Qualifying degrees
The following bachelor and master’s degrees are directly qualifying for admission into the programme: Pharmacy, medicine, psychology, public health or equivalent qualifications within the field of health sciences, from a recognized higher education institution in Denmark or abroad. In addition to this, Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and physiotherapy from a recognized higher education institution in Denmark (or the equivalent degrees from abroad) may also qualify for seeking admission into the programme.

Work experience
You must have at least two years of relevant neurological work experience after having completed the qualifying course of study. Relevant work experience is clinical competences and work experience from pain medicine and/or within the headache area.

English proficiency
If English is not you mother tongue, you must submit a proof of English language proficiency equivalent to English B level, for details see application requirements. 

Application requirements

Degree certificate
You must submit certified copies of the degree certificates/diplomas and transcript of records. If the document is not in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation. A certified copy is a copy of the academic document with an original stamp from the higher education institution or any other recognized legal/public body. Only copies of academic documents bearing original stamps are accepted.

Proof of English proficiency
Applicants from an English-speaking country and/or applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in English do not need further documentation of English proficiency. Applicants must submit documentation certifying that their Bachelor's/Master’s degree was earned in English.
Applicants from outside Scandinavia who speak or write English as a second language must pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS/Academic) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to document their qualifications in English. The minimum acceptable score for IELTS is 6.5 and for TOEFL 560 on the paper test, or 83 on the internet-based test. For more information about the tests: and

Statistics documentation
You are expected to provide relevant documentation of knowledge and skills in Statistics equivalent to high school Mathematics level A or B. Proof or documentation can be completion of course or courses in Basic Statistics or similar titles. Alternatively, you can provide a confirmation/certification from the employer that basic statistics is a competence required in the applicant's current line of work.

Statement of motivation
A one page statement about why you want to study in this programme/course should be submitted together with the application.

Two reference letters
You must submit two letters of references - one professional and/or academic.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on an evaluation of the applicants academic level as well as relevant work experience. Priority will be given to:

  • Academically outstanding applicants
  • Applicants whose workplace / country will benefit the most from undertaking the Master of Headache Disorders
  • Applicants with documented research experience

Individual course modules available

Most modules have a few available seats for single course students. Please read the admission requirements above.
Deadline for application to individual course modules is 8 weeks prior to course start.

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