The Danish society experiences together with the international community great challenges demanding future scientists to be able to integrate and combine scientific basic disciplines in new and untraditional ways. Furthermore, scientists of tomorrow will have to communicate and cooperate across traditional disciplinary boundaries even more.
The more knowledge we generate about means of action and effects of existing solutions, the better the solutions of tomorrows problems will be. Therefore the Faculty of Science at the University of Southern Denmark has developed the new MSc Honours Programme in Interdisciplinary Science Studies.
As a student of the MSc honours programme, your studies will take place in a stimulating environment formed by some of the leading research groups at the Faculty of Science, i.e. the faculty's excellent ground research centres Center for Biomembrane Physics (MEMPHYS), Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE), Nucleic Acid Center (NAC) and the centre for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT) - as well as e.g. Centre for Lake Restoration (CLEAR) and several large EU-sponsored projects.
All these groups are characterized by their focus on the interaction between several disciplines in order to create state-of-the art research results paving the way for solutions to the problems of tomorrow.
The MSc honours programme in Interdisciplinary science studies promotes the interaction between fundamental sciences, thus creating the setting for innovative fundamental research and optimized solutions for pressing societal needs.
With a degree in Interdisciplinary science studies you have many career opportunities in Denmark as well as abroad.
With a completed MSc in Interdisciplinary science studies you have the opportunity of applying for a position as PhD student at the Faculty of Science.
The quality and relevance of the programme are accredited by the Danish Accreditation Insitution
The MSc honours programme in Interdisciplinary science studies is the only programme of its kind in Denmark with its distinct interdisciplinary approach to a research field.
As a student of this degree programme, you will gain exhaustive knowledge of research and development in the crossover of two fundamental scientific disciplines, thus enabling you to integrate, illustrate and work on actual scientific issues as well as to use the interdisciplinary approach in a variety of professional settings.
As a graduate of the MSc honours programme in Interdisciplinary science studies, you will be able to identify and solve scientific problems by using tools from the interdisciplinary area between two fundamental disciplines.
The full degree programme also facilitates your promoting the cooperation and communication between the scientific fundamental disciplines. Having obtained the MSc degree, you possess obvious qualifications for continuing research-based studies at the PhD-level.
Graduates who have completed this master programme are entitled to use the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Interdisciplinary science studies.
The MSc honours programme in Interdisciplinary science studies is an individually composed full degree programme basing itself on your main bachelor subject (please see fig. 1 below for schematic outline). The standard of the degree course is set at 120 ECTS.
Based on the major subject, you develop your central subject from a qualifying bachelor degree with 20 ECTS constituent subjects from either chemistry, physics, nano-bioscience, biochemistry/molecular biology, biology, mathematics or computer science, depending on the major subject.
In addition, you will take 20 ECTS individual interdisciplinary upgrading. This curriculum is designed entirely individually for each student and is dependent upon choice of thesis and the interdisciplinary crossover. If you have chosen a major subject in Chemistry in order to work with Nano-Technology, e,g., and surface physics, the upgrade is taken in the pertaining area of Physics, combining existent study modules with individual study courses. Thus, the programme comprises standard teaching, individual projects and a significant element of personal supervision.
As a part of the honours profile, you have to acquire knowledge in an independent way at a higher level and at a greater pace than normally expected. There will also be an individual evaluation of the study courses.
Concomitantly with these courses, an independent study project of 10 ECTS is designed, where 3 to 5 honours students, gathered from across the disciplines, work on a scientific problem that by its very nature requires integration of various traditional disciplines. You and your fellow students will, therefore, as an integrative part of this process have to contribute with your major fields of expertise, and the competence objectives will be to actually point towards a solution model or a method dealing with the problem using an interdisciplinary work method.
The programme is crowned with a thesis of 60 ECTS (one year of full studies) in an interdisciplinary field. The thesis takes a prominent place in the programme, and the individual composition of the programme - above all the individual interdisciplinary upgrade - is dependent upon the choice of thesis´ subject. Hence, as a part of the admission process for the MSc honours programme, you have to hand in a preliminary description of the subject area, within which the thesis is planned to be carried out.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.
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The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6.
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).
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In order to be admitted to the MSc honours programme in Interdisciplinary science studies you must have completed a bachelor degree in Natural sciences from either a Danish or a foreign university. A bachelor degree in sports, geology or geography does not entitle to admission.
In addition, the following admission requirements apply:
a) Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English.
b) You must hand in a preliminary project description of the envisioned dissertation (approx. two pages).
On the basis of your application for admission you will be invited to an interview in which the study programme for the MSc will be discussed. As this is an Honours programme, we kindly draw your attention to the fact that your grades are expected to be placed in the top end of the grading scale (we recommend that you only apply if you have passed the qualifying bachelor degree with an average of at least 9.5 on the 7-point scale (corresponing to B on the ECTS scale). By average is meant that all grades are added and then divided by the number of exams. The average is estimated on the basis of all graded exams on your bachelor diploma).
In case of there being more applicants than seats, candidates will be selected on the basis of an admission test. The admission test has two parts with one being a multiple choice test and the other an interview.
The multiple choice test includes questions testing you in three areas - quantitative, critical and linguistic argumentations.
The interview will be structured in such a way that you will be tested in the following
Candidates are selected on the basis of their overall score in both tests.
Admittance will be based on a general assessment of all of the above. Application deadline for admission on 1 September is 1 February. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the programme in order to ensure its honours profile.
If you apply for the MSc honours in Interdisciplinary science studies, you must enclose:
If you don't have your enclosures ready for submission along with the application by 1 February, your enclosures must be uploaded no later than 1 July to the International Office.
Please notice that we unfortunately do not offer scholarships for undergraduate students.
Options for full-degree graduate students:
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Options for Exchange and Guest Students:
The scholarship helps cover living expenses.
Danish Government Scholarship – Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher EducationThe Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has launched a scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying a full degree at graduate level. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for highly talented students who have been admitted to a range of programmes.
The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has launched a scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying a full degree at graduate level. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for highly talented students who have been admitted to a range of programmes.
The board of the University of Southern Denmark decides from year to year which study programmes will benefit from the scholarships and the University will recommend the most qualified applicants in these programmes for a scholarship. Therefore it is not possible to apply for this scholarship. If you are a non-EU student and applying for a programme which offers this scholarship you will automatically be considered for it.
Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus
Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.
A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.
20 scholarships for MSc in Engineering
Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements) Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals
Iki Wakabayashi Foundation (A scholarship which can be applied by all SDU students who are leaving for a period of exchange or internship in Japan - or similar for a Japanese student being enrolled at SDU)
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