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About the programme 
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Copenhagen (Emdrup) or Aarhus  | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The programme aims, based on a qualifying first degree, to further develop students' knowledge and skills within the field of educational theory and curriculum studies with special emphasis on Danish.

The programme will enable students to acquire research-based:

  • insight into and knowledge of linguistic, literary and media didactic theories, concepts, methods and issues in their historical, sociocultural and theory of science contexts
  • broad knowledge of internationally rooted theories, concepts, methods and issues in relation to standard language education and learning
  • insight into and knowledge of Danish texts, methods and perspectives of importance for the initiation and evaluation of subject didactic decisions and initiatives and for the clarification of subject didactic problems
  • insight into and knowledge of the didactics of Danish as a field that deals with dynamic and complex fields of practice related to teaching, learning and the development of communicative competences
  • insight into and knowledge of humanistic theory and methodology of science, which enables the student to evaluate the quality and relevance of various research results.

Furthermore, the elective module Subject related educational research and development provides the basis for the student to launch, carry out and evaluate theoretically based (subject-related) educational research/development projects.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) requires that you have completed one of the following courses of study:

  • A Bachelor's degree programme in Danish, Scandinavian language and literature, linguistics or comparative literature.
  • A professional Bachelor’s degree as a primary and lower-secondary teacher specialising in Danish, and a Bachelor’s project relating to this.
  • Applicants having completed the following courses of study can be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) if they complete a supplementary course equivalent to a Bachelor's project:
  • Medium-cycle higher in education with Danish as the main subject.

You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study.

Admission on other terms

Following individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.


All applicants who meet the conditions set out in one of the admission categories are eligible for admission to the degree programme.

Admission to Emdrup or Aarhus?

The Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) is offered in both Emdrup and Aarhus, but you must choose whether you want to create an application for admission to this Master's degree programme in Emdrup or Aarhus. ONCE you have chosen 'Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) – summer intake', you will be asked where you want to study.

Programme structure

Academic regulations


Student life

The student body at the MA(Ed) programmes at IUP comprises mainly Bachelor graduates with a background in teaching, educational studies, nursing or social works.

A large part of the student body consists of mature students, who have used their qualifying examination for a few years before choosing to continue their post graduate studies.

Around 4000 students, full-time and part-time are enrolled at IUP. 2/3 of the students are women.

IUP has a large library and different student facilities such as a canteen and different study areas.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) is offered at the School of Education, located at the campus in Emdrup in the northern part of the capital of Copenhagen and at the DPU department at the University of Aarhus.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.


The programme enables students on a research basis to:

  • identify, specify precisely and evaluate subject didactic issues and indicate theoretically and empirically based possibilities and solutions. In combination with the competences acquired in Danish, this enables the student to organise, carry out and evaluate high-level teaching in the subject Danish
  • identify, specify precisely and evaluate the connections between decisions at different didactic levels: purposes, objectives, content, form and evaluation. This competence enables students to act as consultants in various educational contexts
  • evaluate - and with a relevant focus during the programme: initiate and carry out - theoretically based, (subject-related) educational research/development projects. This competence, combined with competence in didactics and a thorough knowledge of the humanistic perspective, enables students to contribute to innovation and new thinking within a broader work-related context.

Students are qualified for consultancy and for teaching, development, and management activities, including teaching at teacher's colleges and upper secondary schools, as well as to participate in research contexts on the basis of the understanding gained of research work and research ethics.

The programme may form the basis for the three-year research training programme leading to a PhD.

Further information (in Danish)

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.