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Introduction to research at the University of Copenhagen

Basic research and research-based study programmes are the foundation on which education at the University of Copenhagen is built. Research generates new knowledge and understanding – about everything from the malaria-bearing mosquito to new philosophical theories about the self.

Research-based education enables the private and public sectors to recruit expert staff and access the latest knowledge in such diverse areas as health, food, biological production and globalisation.

Interdisciplinary approach

Increasingly, social challenges demand an interdisciplinary approach, as part of which researchers from different disciplines, and with different academic approaches, work together to understand and shed light on these problems – for example, sociology, political science and natural and health sciences are all vital to research into the developing world. The University of Copenhagen has a wide range of interdisciplinary priorities and areas of strength such as climate and sustainability, Asia and global health.

Research range

A polar station on Greenland. Mapping the DNA of indigenous Australians. Research into proteins, papyrus scrolls and new media. Languages, international courts and food. The 4,000 researchers at the University cover almost every academic discipline and study every part of the universe and aspect of life. The University runs eight museums, two animal hospitals and has staff based in the biggest hospitals in Greater Copenhagen.

Historical roots

The University of Copenhagen is famous around the world for the impact that people associated with it have made on society, people who have helped lay the foundations for the strong international-class research environments for which the University is renowned today, people whose work still attracts researchers from all over the world to the city. They include Ole Rømer, Søren Kierkegaard, Hans Christian Ørsted, August Krogh and Niels Bohr, all of whom raised the bar and set new standards for how we see ourselves and the world around us. As part of its ambition to follow in these distinguished footsteps, the University is now home to the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, the Metabolism Centre, Dark Cosmology Centre and a host of other academically strong research environments with international reputations.