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Entry requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Biology you need a relevant Bachelor's degree:

When you finish a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Southern Denmark, you have a legal claim for admission to the Master's programme if you apply within three years after obtaining your Bachelor's degree.

You can also apply if you hold one of the following Bachelor's degrees:

  • Biology from Aalborg University
  • Biology from University of Copenhagen
  • Biology from University of the Faroe Islands.

Additionally, you can apply if you hold a similar degree containing basic courses in mathematics, chemistry and statistics, as well as 60 ECTS within biology. The biological courses must cover:

  • The structures and functions of biomolecules and cells
  • The systematics, structures, development and functions of organisms
  • The interaction between organisms and their environment
  • The evolution of life

Once you have applied, the study board will assess whether your degree is qualifying.

English language requirements

The programme is taught in English. If your Bachelor’s degree is not from SDU, you are required to submit proof of your proficiency in English. See the English language requirements.

Selection criteria

There is a limited number of study places in the programme. If there are more qualified applicants than study places, the following criteria are used for the selection of applicants without a legal claim. Each criterion weighs 50% in the overall assessment.

  • The grade point average of your qualifying degree. If the degree is not completed at the time of application, the grade point average is calculated based on the courses passed at the time of application
  • Statement of academic interest covering the following topics and no longer than one page:
    - Demonstrate specific knowledge about the Master's program in Biology at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense. 
    - Reflect on the individual elements of the program. 
    - Describe your academic background and explain why this particular progamme is of interest to you.

Each criterion is covered 50%.

As a bachelor's student at SDU, you can apply for permission to follow up to 30 ECTS Master's level courses even though you have yet to complete your Bachelor's degree.

You can be granted permission if you have the necessary academic qualifications. The progression of your Bachelor’s programme is crucial to the outcome of your application.

Check to see whether you fulfil the conditions

By choosing your faculty below you can see which conditions you generally must fulfil to be permitted to take Master’s level courses. Please acquaint yourself with the rules before you apply for permission since you must indicate in your application whether you fulfil the conditions or not. Read more here.

If you have previously been admitted to the programme, or already are, then special rules may apply when you apply for admission.

Find the scenario that suits you and read more: Re-enrolment, transferring and change og programme

Have you completed a Master's programme?

If you've already obtained a Master's degree, you can only be admitted to a new programme if there are vacant study places in the programme.

Learn more about rule and the possibility to apply for exemption

Have you completed another type of study programme?

As long as you do not hold a Master's degree, you are free to apply for admission to a new programme.