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Top 10: Grade requirements for University of Copenhagen programmes in 2021

Competition still high for popular subjects like psychology and molecular biomedicine.

Incoming Danish students found out what the future holds for them on the night of 28 July.

Replies to their applications, and offers of places, were sent out to almost 67,500 students. This is the second-highest number ever, only surpassed by the corona pandemic year of 2020, where students’ gap years and travelling was postponed, and where the number of new student places was increased. 7,652 students were offered a place this year on one of the bachelor’s degree programmes at the University of Copenhagen.

At the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), the list of the ten highest required grade point averages contains a number of repeats from previous years. See the list at the bottom of this article, or all the admission requirements and numbers here.

Top grade requirement has decreased

For the second year in a row, the top grade average requirement for admission to the University of Copenhagen has decreased, and this year there are no studies at university that need an upper secondary school average of more than 11 on the Danish 12-point scale.

Up until the 2020 admissions year, a bonus let you multiply your grade point average by 1.08 if you applied for university within two years after graduating from upper secondary school.

The bonus boosted entrance requirements for some of the most popular courses. In 2019, the psychology programme required a grade average of 11.8 at the University of Copenhagen. In 2021, psychology is still at the top of the list, but with a slightly more humane admissions requirement of 10.8.

More women in STEM

On the top 10 list this year, there are more study programmes in STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering) fields. According to the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, there has been a huge boost in the numbers of women who have been admitted to STEM programmes.

In 2021, 34 per cent of all new students enrolled on a STEM programme are women. This is a 10 per cent increase over 2019, and corresponds to 473 more admitted students.

»I’m very pleased to see a 10 per cent increase in the number of women in STEM programmes since 2019. We need to bring all the talent into play regardless of gender,« says the Minister for Higher Education and science Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen (Social Democrat) in a press release.


The ten highest admission requirements at the University of Copenhagen in 2021:

  1. Psychology 10.8
  2. Actuarial mathematics 10.7
  3. Molecular biomedicine 10.6
  4. Medicine 10.5
  5. Political science 10.3
  6. Veterinary medicine 10.3
  7. Dentistry 10.2
  8. Anthropology 10.1
  9. Mathematics – economics 9.8
  10. Sociology 9.8