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Human Nutrition, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #29 (ARWU) ,
The Human Nutrition programme at University of Copenhagen gives you comprehensive knowledge of the importance of nutrition to human health and a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science.


In the course of the two-year MSc programme, you will learn about the conversion of energy and nutrients in the human body, the importance of nutrition in the various stages of life and the effects of nutrition on health and disease.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will be an expert on diet, nutrition and health, and you can therefore contribute to handling the global health challenges.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Human Nutrition, you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of nutritional science. You obtain knowledge of the conversion of energy and nutrients and of the importance of the diet in the various stages of life. You also gain insight into the effects of nutrition on health and disease.

Competence description

With an MSc degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen, you master methods of measuring and assessing nutrient intakes and energy requirements. You can initiate and manage prevention initiatives, as you learn through your studies to define target groups, set intervention levels, select specific activities and plan evaluations.

In addition, you are able to monitor and consider aspects that influence people’s relationship to food. You can identify Danish players within the health sector and their areas of responsibility. And you will be qualified to understand the interests of the international, national and local players in the nutrition-related treatment of disease.

During the programme all courses are taught in English. You can create an international profile by taking some of your elective or restricted elective courses at one of our partner universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. You also have plenty of opportunities to write your thesis in collaboration with a private enterprise or as part of a larger scientific project, e.g. by doing a project in practice.

Career Opportunities

As an MSc in Human Nutrition, you wil have many different job opportunities, for example:

  • Health coordinator, for example, responsible for planning dietary information campaigns.
  • Management and teaching within higher health education.
  • Management of projects and development work, including nutrition-related assessment of food products, for example, at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration or the National Board of Health, Denmark.
  • Gathering, processing and assessing nutrition scientific knowledge about, for example, the development of new dietary supplements or functional food, at companies like Nestlé or Unilever.
  • Nutrition consultant in patients’ associations and special interest groups, for example, the Danish Cancer Society or the Danish Heart Foundation.
  • Consultancy  in countries with undernourishment and malnutrition problems.
  • Teamwork in respect to designing, conducting and assessing nutrition-related studies and clinical tests, for example,  at Novo Nordisk or Pharma Nord.
  • Admission to a three-year PhD programme at the university or another research environment. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physiological Adaptations to Strength Training
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Food Consumer Research
  • Bioactive Food Components and Health
  • Nutrition in Global Health
  • Thematic course: Human Nutrition
  • The Sociology of Food Consumption
  • Nutrition and Physiological Activity for the Improvement of Health in the Aged
  • Project in Practice
  • Nutrition in Global Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you are considered to meet all academic requirements. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Food Science with the specialisation Food, Health and Nutrition from the University of Copenhagen

Other bachelor’s degrees

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14780 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7390 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fee for the MSc in Human Nutrition per semester: DKK 55,000
  • Citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees.

Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) offers a limited number of tuition waivers and grants through the Danish Government Scholarship programme. The scholarships are competitive and offered to highly talented students with outstanding academic records from non-EU/EEU countries. All non-EU/EEA applicants offered admission will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

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