The MSc programme in Parasitology focuses on the biology, prevalence and detection of parasites in animals and humans. University of Copenhagen is the only university in Scandinavia which offers this programme.
The programme is offered in English.
As a graduate from the MSc programme in Parasitology, you have knowledge about illnesses caused by parasites, for example malaria and schistosomiasis.
And you have an insight into how social, geographical or climatic conditions may affect the transmission of parasites to animals and humans and their significance for health, production and welfare.
As a student on the MSc programme in Parasitology, you also learn about the dynamics and the interaction between parasite populations and between the parasite and its host. You can, for example, study parasites in connection with organic domestic animal production.
The MSc programme in Parasitology is centered around parasites of importance to humans, domesticated animals, and wildlife. Parasites create serious challenges to public health and economic growth, especially in many developing countries, and the MSc programme in Parasitology will help you acquire the competences to make a difference.
The intriguing biology of parasites can sometimes be used to benefit man as part of biological control of pests or as medication against autoimmune diseases. The MSc programme in Parasitology will present examples of those and discuss future opportunities in this rapidly growing field of parasitology.
As a graduate from the MSc programme in Parasitology, you will be able to:
There is only one place in Scandinavia with a Parasitology programme – the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen!
Graduates from the MSc programme in Parasitology have excellent opportunities for an exciting career. Our graduates are employed within:
If you hold a citizenship from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland, you are covered by the rules of tuition fee.
The tuition fee applies per semester and must be paid by 1 May (for Autumn semester) and 1 December (for Spring semester).
The MSc programme in Parasitology is taught in English and is targeted at both Danish and international students with a BSc in natural science.
The first year of study comprises four compulsory courses: Basic Parasitology, Human Parasitology, Parasitic Zoonoses and Animal Parasitology. The courses will give you comprehensive knowledge of and a good introduction to the subject area.
You are free to choose the elective courses among the faculty’s courses as well as those at other universities in Denmark and abroad. The elective courses help you to create your academic profile and specialisation. The thesis concludes the programme and gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a specific subject. For example:
In the last year of the programme, you will concentrate on your thesis, and you gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Parasitology. (in Danish: cand.scient.)
Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.
The lecturers on the programme will make efforts to ensure that you will be working with the challenges which are also important outside the University’s walls. And there is a well-established collaboration with the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.
It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; e.g. take a summer school course.
The BSc Programme in Animal Science (Husdyrvidenskab) qualifies graduates directly for admission to the MSc Programme in Parasitology.
Students holding on of the following BSc degrees:
are admitted provided that their examinatin includes specified courses within:
Bachelors from other faculties under University of Copenhagen or from other national and international universities must have equivalent qualifications and their admission will be assessed on an individual basis.
To gain admission to an MSc in the English language, non-Danish applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school ‘English level B'. The Faculty of Science accepts the following 3 ways of documenting this:
If you are citizen of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit any proof of English proficiency. Your copy of your passport will suffice as sufficient proof.
Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline)
No work experience is required.
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