• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Diet plays a pivotal role in development of life style diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to the burden for the individual, these diseases are expected to constitute the largest global health problem by 2020, and thereby increase the burden on the health system and the society.

The MSc in Human Nutrition programme at the 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.

Profile and Career

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, 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.

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

Programme Structure

At Human Nutrition the teaching is comprised of lectures, seminars and practical and theoretical exercises. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

The programme consists of compulsory, restricted elective and elective courses as well as a final thesis.


The compulsory courses are the foundation of the programme. In the compulsory courses, you learn how to create health-promoting activities in the area of nutrition, acquire knowledge about the content of nutrients in foods and their metabolism as well as their importance for health.

You may choose between a small selection of restricted elective courses that are particulary relevant to the programme. The thematic course in block 3 will extend your skills in defining and analysing a nutrition-related problem. The work is project-based and problem-oriented and the main part of the course consists of group work, supplemented by some lectures and seminars.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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    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.

Academic Requirements

Regardless of what university you are enrolled at, you can - if you meet the language requirements - apply on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree that grants direct access or another relevant Bachelor’s degree.

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you  have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Human Nutrition.

  • BSc in Food Science with the specialisation Food, Health and Nutrition from the University of Copenhagen (reserved access*)

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition fee for the MSc in Human Nutrition per semester: DKK 55,000

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 Faculty of Sciene has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. The scholarships are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The scolarships are granted to cover the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases both tuition fee and living expenses.

All non-EU/EEA applicants with a grade point average above 80% of their bachelor's degree are considered for the scholarships/tuition fee waivers.

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