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


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The Master’s degree programme in education science focuses on issues such as:

  • How can education equip our society to meet the challenges of the future?
  • How can knowledge be turned into innovation?
  • How can the Danish education system be supported and improved?
  • How can we motivate people to develop their knowledge and competences?

The education science programme focuses on education, learning and competence development, and it is multi-disciplinary – based on elements of sociological, educational, anthropological, psychological, philosophical, economic and administrative knowledge. A Master’s degree in education science equips you to deal with the challenges facing knowledge-intensive institutions in the public and private sectors.

Political science in the field of education

Society is currently experiencing an increase in the demand for Master’s graduates who can meet the needs of the knowledge society for learning, development and innovation. On the Master’s degree programme in education science you will learn about educational profiles and policies, the administration of education, organisation, culture and innovation, and learning and the development of competences.

The degree programme offers a variety of options for specialisation, for instance with regard to the administration of education or HR. A Master’s degree in education science will give you a unique combination of knowledge of education science and pedagogy, as well as social-scientific insight into politics, statistics, micro-economics and administration within the field of education.

The Master’s degree programme gives you time for in-depth study and the opportunity to harvest the fruits of the skills you have acquired during your Bachelor’s or professional Bachelor’s degree programme. On this Master’s degree programme you learn to combine the methods you have learned as well as specialising in a specific area so you end up with exactly the right professional profile to match your future wishes.

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Education Science. 

  • Bachelor's degree in education science
  • Bachelor's degree in education with a Bachelor's project or modules with a relevant educational science content equivalent to minimum 30 ECTS.

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.

Legal right of admission

Students on the Bachelor's degree programme in education science at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Education Science on condition that application for admission is made with a view to starting the Master's degree programme immediately after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme. This legal right of admission is conditional upon the application being received by Aarhus University by the applicable deadline. Read more about legal right of admission.

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Education Science is restricted. There is no waiting list for the Master's degree in Education Science.

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the degree programme exceeds the number of places, an academic assessment committee will be appointed to select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application. Read more about calculating average marks.

NB: A qualifying average mark (GPA) is no longer calculated as the average mark is included in the overall assessment.

2. Description of educational relevance. The academic assessment committee assesses the applicants on the basis of an enclosed description of educational relevance as well as documentation in the form of certificate/transcript of records, academic regulations (if any) and any further documentation at Bachelor's and/or Master's degree level. What does a description of educational relevance contain?

Change in application requirements for summer admissions 2021

As a consequence of a change in the law, if you apply to a degree programme at DPU with restricted admission, you can now include relevant experience (including job experience) in your application. This will apply starting with applications for enrolment in September 2021.

Language requirements

Admission to the Master's programme in educational science requires Danish at A level or equivalent. See more about the documentation of the Danish requirement here. In order to complete the programme, it is also a prerequisite that you can read literature and attend courses in English.

Admission to Emdrup or Aarhus?

The Master's degree programmes in educational psychology, educational sociology, education science and general education are offered in both Emdrup and Aarhus. You can create an application for admission to these Master's degree programmes in both Emdrup and Aarhus. If you do so, you will be asked to state which degree programme/study location is your first priority when submitting your second application. You CANNOT decide yourself whether you want to be admitted to Emdrup or Aarhus. This is determined on the basis of the priorities you have stated for degree programmes/study locations to which you have applied for admission and the selection of applications to the Master's degree programmes in the two locations. Please note that even though you apply for admission to the same degree programme in both study locations, there is no guarantee of admission to the programme.

Before creating an application for admission to both Emdrup and Aarhus, you should decide whether you really want to study in, for example, Aarhus if you live on Zealand (or vice versa). If you feel that it would not be realistic for you to attend courses in one of the locations, we advise you to apply for one priority only. It is very difficult to transfer from one location to another, so we strongly recommend that you do not apply for admission to both locations in the expectation that you will be able to transfer to the other location at a later date.


It is not possible to apply for transfer from other Master's degree programmes to the Master's Degree Programme in Education Science.

Programme structure

The standard length of the Master’s degree programme comprises 120 ECTS credits, involving two years of full-time study. The first three semesters are divided into modules, and in the fourth semester the students write their thesis.

Academic regulations

Student life

Your chance to leave your mark

A degree programme at the School of Education is not a pre-packaged deal. You have plenty of scope to shape your degree programme and make it fit your own particular needs and interests.

Student guidance is the cornerstone of our approach, but you should also be prepared to look for knowledge yourself, choose your own path through the programme and collaborate with others. In short, we’ll be testing your knowledge, your attitudes and your ability to present valid arguments. In other words: education is not something you will be given, it is something you will have to take.

Spend your time wisely

Timetabled teaching constitutes only a small part of an academic programme. This means that on a day-to-day basis you’re largely free to plan your own study activities.

On this Master’s degree programme you might only have teaching a couple of times a week, but you should anticipate a much larger workload. So you should think very carefully about how much paid work you take on in addition to your studies. And if you’ve got a family, it might also be a good idea to involve them in the planning process.

Communities and networking

The academic and social environments are closely connected at the university. Study groups form the basis of both academic exchanges and social activities.

Your fellow students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, and many of them also have experience of the job market. Not only will you make new friends; you will also establish a strong professional network that you can draw on – even after you have finished the programme.

Study locations

Aarhus Campus

1,400 students (one-third of all the students at the School of Education) study in Aarhus. The Aarhus department is located at Trøjborg and shares classrooms with the rest of the university.

Road map for Trøjborg

Emdrup Campus

In Copenhagen the School of Education is located at Emdrup Campus. Here you will find modern teaching facilities and a concentrated study environment where research and education go hand in hand.

Road map for Emdrup Campus

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2017 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.

A Master’s degree programme in education science can give you a profile that is in great demand both in the business community and in the public sector. Thanks to the knowledge you gain of education and social science, your Master’s degree can lead to jobs in a wide variety of institutions and companies in which education has high priority. Knowledge-intensive companies have an ongoing need for improved qualifications, competences and further education among their staff, for instance because the continuing development of internal knowledge in the business community ensures high levels of competitiveness and staff satisfaction.

A Master’s degree programme in education science equips you to deal with tasks related to planning, development and evaluation activities in the fields of education and the administration of education, HR and competence development, and consultancy in both public and private companies and organisations.

From knowledge about practice to knowledge in practice

Educational institutions and companies need concrete answers to the question of which educational methods, tools and processes are best when it comes to motivating people to develop their knowledge and competences – and to learn from themselves, from each other and together. Which is why a new need has arisen for professional human resource consultants who can create attractive learning environments which utilise human resources as effectively as possible. In general, the state needs staff who can work in carefully considered fashion with education, learning and knowledge as well as documenting the quality, relevance and effect of educational processes.

The typical employers of future graduates are medium-sized and large companies and organisations working with education and competence development, companies of consultants, university colleges, universities, advice and knowledge centres, residential schools for adults, trade unions, business organisations, municipalities, regions and ministries.

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.