M.Sc. Parasitology

University of Copenhagen

Application deadline: EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens -1 April 2015 ; Non-EU/EEA Citizens -15 January 2015
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.

Profile and Career
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:

* Understand the basic biology of major groups of parasites, including how they are transmitted, and how they interact with their hosts.
* Diagnose and assess parasite pathology in their hosts and evaluate the associated problems to human and animal welfare.
* Conduct, analyse and discuss practical research on parasites in both experimental and natural environments.
* Participate in discussions about ethical and scientific issues in respect of animal testing in connection with disease research.

There is only one place in Scandinavia with a Parasitology programme the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen!

Competence Description

* You will learn methodologies to identify parasites and parasite infections
* You will learn parasite control methodologies
* You will learn how to use parasites as experimental models in research
* You will learn about the importance of parasites in developing countries
* You will learn the skills to design, conduct, and analyse parasite research
* You will learn to effectively communicate your own research verbally and in writing.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MSc programme in Parasitology have excellent opportunities for an exciting career. Our graduates are employed within:

* Research and education at universities and government research institutions.
* The food sector and the environmental field.
* Biotechnological research in Denmark and abroad, for example within the pharmaceutical industry.
* DANIDA, WHO and the UNs Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO as consultants.


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.

Elective courses
You are free to choose the elective courses among the facultys 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:

* Tropical parasites
* Medical parasitology
* Parasites in foods
* Parasites in livestock production
* Parasite zoonoses
* The population biology of parasites

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.)

Teaching on the MSc programme in Parasitology
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 Universitys 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.

Study Abroad
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:

* BSc in Biology-biotechnology (Biologi-bioteknologi)
* BSc in Nature Resources (Naturressourcer) (all core modules)
* BSc in Veterinary Medicine (Veterinærmedicin)
* BSc in Natural Sciences (Naturvidenskab)

are admitted provided that their examinatin includes specified courses within:

* Zoology
* Physiology and anatomy
* Biochemistry and statistics

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.

Language Requirements
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:

* English is your native language. The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, accepts The University of Purdue view that citizens of the following countries are exempted from taking an English Language Proficiency exam: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales and United States of America

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.

* Prior studies completed in the English language/in an English speaking country. For example, if you have studied your Bachelor degree in England you are not required to complete an English language proficiency exam. We ask such students to provide a signed statement from the Educational institution (with the institution's stamp on it) stating that English is the main language of instruction. Furthermore, applicants from Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.
* Applicants with English as their second language (except Scandinavians) must pass an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced English test before being admitted. The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, accepts the following tests and scores:

* IELTS-test (British Council) with a minimum score of 6.5
* Computer-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 213 points
* Paper-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 points
* Internet-based TOEFL-test with a min score of 83 points

Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83

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