Denmark has constantly ranked among the top 3 countries in the World Happiness Index in the last years. This says a lot about their society, development, prosperity, and overall quality of life.
And while Denmark also has excellent universities, which attract numerous international students, is it a good destination for an English-taught Medical degree? And which Danish med schools should you consider?
Let’s find out!
How many English-taught medical schools are there in Denmark?
Based on the courses listed on our portals, 7 Danish universities offer around 20 English-taught Medical degrees in Denmark. Most of these degrees are at Master’s level and are offered as Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes.
But why this low number of universities and studies? It’s simple: Denmark has a relatively small population (around 5.8 million), and therefore it has fewer universities than other countries.
Don’t let this fool you, though! Danish universities are constantly present among the top-ranked academic institutions, both in Europe and globally.
How do I know if a Medical degree is taught in English?
Here, at Studyportals, we only list English-taught degrees, so as long as you search for a Medical degree on our portals, you should be just fine. You can even check out specific English language requirements for each study programme.
Of course, Danish universities (or other websites) can list additional Medical courses on their web pages. In that case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if they’re open to international students. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.
To apply at most med schools in Denmark, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
The best English-taught medical schools in Denmark
Based on insights from the latest QS Rankings, the following are the best Danish universities that offer Medical degrees in English:
- University of Copenhagen
- Aarhus University
- University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
- Aalborg University
- Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Discover other top-ranked med schools worldwide.
Free English-taught medical schools in Denmark
Students who come from the EU/EEA can study free of charge at public universities in Denmark, and yes, this applies to med schools too.
Non-EU/EEA students should expect to pay anywhere between 6,000–16,000 EUR per academic year depending on the university, study programme, and other factors.
Private universities are more expensive and usually charge all international students, regardless of their country of origin.
Look for scholarship opportunities to help you achieve your dream of studying Medicine in Denmark.
Application requirements at English-taught med schools in Denmark
The most common application requirements include, but aren’t limited to:
- previous diplomas: high school, Bachelor’s (some med schools require a Bachelor’s in a discipline related to Medicine)
- academic transcript of grade/records
- proof of English language proficiency
- letter of motivation
- CV (only at some universities)
How to become a doctor in Denmark
Here’s where things get more complicated. All the English-taught Medical degrees we’ve mentioned above allow you to work in the broad field of Medicine, but they don’t allow you to become a doctor in Denmark.
To do that, you need to go through a combined 3-year Bachelor’s followed by a 3-year Master’s in Medicine. And you can only enrol if you speak the Danish language. So while universities might offer Danish courses for international students, you should start learning a lot sooner if you want to go down this route.
After 6 years of studies, you’ll do at least 1 year of residency or practice before you can register as a doctor with the Danish Patient Safety Authority.
But what if you’re already a licensed doctor from the EU? In that case, you can register as a doctor with the Danish Patient Safety Authority, but you’ll still have to learn Danish.
This process is also available to doctors from other countries, but they often need to provide other qualifications or undergo additional examinations.