Human Nutrition

Master (2 years) of Science in Human Nutrition, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7300 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Diet plays a pivotal role in development of life style disease, 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 Human Nutrition programme 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.

Find out more about the structure of the programme

Career Opportunities  

As an MSc in Human Nutrition, you wil have many different job opportunities, for example:
  • Health coordinator, for example, 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 and 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 and Pharma Nord.
  • Admission to a three-year PhD programme at the university or another research environment. 


To be admitted to the programme, you will need to have completed a Bachelor degree that includes certain subjects and courses. Read about the specific admission requirements and selection criteria.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of University of Copenhagen.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you may contact University of Copenhagen directly. Please write by mail to

Application takes place via an online application portal. To find out how and when to apply, to to this page.

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is no tuition fee for  full-time degree studentsfrom the EU, EEA, or Switzerland.

Further Information

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About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

Frederiksberg Campus


The Frederiksberg Campus houses part of the Faculty of Science with areas of studies including natural and biosciences as well as part of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, including the University Hospital for Companion Animals. It is located a few kilometres west of the city centre in beautiful green surroundings. Frederiksberg is a popular residential area. The Frederiksberg Campus area includes beautful gardens with many facilities for students, including a student-run café in an old greenhouse.

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