Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in International Security and Law, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold a Bachelor's degree within one of the following areas:

  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Social science
  • Economics
  • History (major)

You can also apply if you hold a relevant degree within Humanities. The guiding principle is that the bachelor degree must include subjects amounting to 45 ECTS within:

  • Law
  • Social issues
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university, but have gained equivalent – e.g. professional – experience of relevance to the programme, you can also apply (e.g. military officers, applicants with international aid work experience or experience from the central administration or similar). Relevant professional experience entails that you:

  • have had extensive experience with international relations
  • have had extensive experience with international conflict management
  • in other ways through your professional employment have acquired knowledge and qualifications that will contribute to the progression of the Master's program.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Read more about supplementing for a Master's degree programme

Language requirements

The programme is taught in English. Therefore, you need a proficiency in English equivalent to level B in a Danish high school. Please note that the deadline for submitting language test results or other documentation of your proficiency is May 15.

English language tests
You can prove your English proficiency by passing a language test. We accept the following tests if the test is no more than two years old:

  • TOEFL IBT test with a minimum score of 88. For validation, we need to receive a score report directly from the test center. To select University of Southern Denmark as recipient, use the code 7969. Please choose "other - department not listed". If you have already taken the test, you can still make a request for the test center to forward the report. Please inform us once you have made such a request. 
  • IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • CAE with a minimum result of C (only accepted from a Cambridge Network). For verification of your results, please make sure to give us your ID number (e.g.  EPA123456) and your secret number (4 digits)
  • CPE from University of Michigan

High school English
If you hold a secondary school diploma from a country within EU/EEA, a Nordic country or from Switzerland, you may be able to prove your English proficiency by way of your secondary school diploma (high school). Along with your diploma, you have to upload a document from your school stating the number of English lessons you attended during the last three years of high school. The letter must be in English. Based on the provided material, we will assess whether your high school English is equivalent to a Danish level B. We encourage you to send us your papers in advance via
SPOC for a pre-assessment.

If your entire bachelor’s degree was taken in the USA, Canada (English speaking part), Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland, further documentation is not required.  This only applies if the entire degree was taken in one of these countries. Furthermore, distance-learning programmes do not qualify for an exemption.

If you hold a Professional Bachelor's degree from Denmark taught in English, you are also exempted. However, we need a confirmation from the issuing institution that the programme was taught in English.

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 selection of applicants:

  • 70 percent of the total number of study places are offered to the applicants with the highest grade point average in the qualifying degree. If you have not passed your bachelor's yet, the grade point average is calculated based on the courses passed at the time of application. 
  •  If you are not offered a study place based on your grade point average, you will be considered for one of the remaining 30 % of the study places. The remaining applicants are ranked based on an overall assessment where the following criteria are taken into account:
    • the relevance of your educational as well as professional experience
    • your grade point average
    • your 'statement of intent' which you must upload in your application: In a maximum of 4.800 keystrokes, including spaces and punctuation, you must answer the question: “What is the most important contemporary security issue facing the world, and what is the best way to address it?” Although you are free to draw on academic sources to answer the question, the statement of intent does not require references or a bibliography.
How to apply

To apply, you have to submit an application via the application portal.

 It is important that you submit the following enclosures for evaluation:

  • You graduate diploma, including a transcript of records.
  • If you have not yet passed your degree: Your newest official transcript of passed as well as registered courses. If you use the data exchange function in the application portal, please be aware that only passed courses are included in the generated file. Therefore, if you are registered for courses with specific relevance to the entry requirements, you have to upload a separate transcript of your course registration.
  • Proof of any supplementary courses you might have passed.
  • Statement of intent: In a maximum of 4800 keystrokes, inclusive of spaces and punctuation, you must answer the question: “What is the most important contemporary security issue facing the world, and what is the best way to address it?” Although you are free to draw on academic sources to answer the question, the statement of intent does not require references or a bibliography.
  • Resume
  • Proof of your English proficiency
  • Course description for each of course on your bachelor diploma/transcript.

Read more about the general requirements for submitted enclosures.

Application deadlines

The application deadlines for study start September 1st are:

  • February 1st for non EU/EEA citizens
  • March 1st for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and applicants holding a Danish residence permit
Application portal - DANS

Application form for study start September 1st - opens on January 1st


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