Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctor

About Honorary Doctorates

Honorary doctorates are the highest academic accolade that the University confers without the recipient first having defended a doctoral thesis in Denmark.

The vast majority of honorary doctorates are conferred on non-Danish scientists who, as visiting teachers or through international research collaboration, have played a significant role in research and researcher training at the University of Copenhagen.

Researchers and research environments at the University of Copenhagen nominate candidates for honorary doctorates. The academic councils of the faculties concerned then recommend selected nominees to the Rector for final approval.

To qualify for consideration, it is a prerequisite that the individual concerned has conducted extensive and significant research of high international quality.

Read more about the rules and nomination procedure

Honorary doctorates in 2022

At the Annual Commemoration on 25 November 2022, the University of Copenhagen conferred honorary doctorates on:

Frédéric Mégret
Faculty of Law
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Ernst Fehr
Department of Economics
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Department of Anthropology
Stanford University, USA
Anthropology and psychology

Tom Eirik Mollnes
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway

Nora Volkow
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
North Bethesda, USA