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Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (University of Copenhagen)

LIFE-Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen 

LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences is one of Europe's leading university environments in the areas of veterinary science, food and natural resources. 

About the Faculty

LIFE-Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen 

LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences is one of Europe's leading university environments in the areas of veterinary science, food and natural resources.

Since 2007, the Faculty has been part of University of Copenhagen, the largest institution of research and education in Denmark.

Based in a country that has the world’s most environmentally friendly agricultural production and located in the so-called Medicon valley, among global pharmaceutical, biotech and food companies, LIFE is situated in the heart of one of the world's strongest life science environments.

Research and university education at LIFE focus on seven core competences:

  • Animals, ethics, welfare
  • Climate, energy, environment
  • Food and health
  • Plants and natural resources
  • Politics, economics, developing countries
  • Forest, land, urban development
  • Biotechnology

In touch with real life

The Faculty has an applied and business-oriented approach to the natural sciences.

We apply our knowledge to ensure the greatest possible benefit to the Danish and the international communities.

Our research and degree programmes, including PhD and international MSc programmes, are centered round knowledge and tools that can help secure a brighter future for humans, animals and plants.

The world-class research carried out at the eleven departments at LIFE covers the whole chain from farm to fork to health and wellbeing.

International competences

LIFE competes with and provides knowledge to a global market and is actively engaged in international cooperation. The Faculty has agreements with 180 partner universities all over the world.

Thirteen out of our 24 university degree programmes are taught entirely in English and each year LIFE welcomes more than 500 international students. Dedicated Student Services staff provide practical assistance, support and advice to international as well as Danish students.

All programmes are business-oriented and aim at giving our graduates the ability to be critical, analytical, creative and independent in their work.

Graduates from the Faculty of Life Sciences are in great demand in the public as well as the private sector - nationally as well as internationally.

A unique campus environment

LIFE is known for its fine learning environment and for having one of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in Denmark. In the campus gardens, surrounded by flowers, students run a café in a renovated greenhouse. With its attractive location in the middle of Denmark’s capital, this makes LIFE an oasis for students and staff and contributes to making LIFE an attractive and inspiring place to work.

LIFE also has a campus in Taastrup, just outside Copenhagen. The Taastrup facilities include a new, unique university hospital for large animals which has been built on the basis of the latest knowledge about the welfare and well-being of animals.

LIFE in figures:

· 11 departments

· 3500 students, including more than 800 international students

· 400 PhD students from all over the world

· 1,800 staff

· 24 study programmes (of which most are in English)

· 200 courses in English to choose from


Number 11 in Europe and number 44 in the world

University of Copenhagen is ranked number 11 in Europe and number 44 in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2012 published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The University's rankings in the Broad Subject Fields covered by the Faculty of Science are as follows: In the Natural Sciences and Mathematics field (SCI), University of Copenhagen is ranked 51-75. In the Life and Agricultural Sciences (LIFE) University of Copenhagen is also ranked 51-75.

Number 52 in the World

University of Copenhagen is number 52 on the 2011 list of the world's best universities published by QS World University Rankings. In this ranking, University of Copenhagen is the highest ranked Nordic university.

Number 135 in the World

The new Times Higher Education/Thompson Reuters list, World University Rankings, places University of Copenhagen number 135 in 2011, up more than 40 places from last year. See the top 200 list.

Number 9 on the the Scientist's list of the World's best places to work for life scientists

The Scientist's Best Places to Work Survey 2010 places University of Copenhagen number nine on a top ten list of the international research institutions that offer the best working conditions for life scientists.

Read more about the survey. See the whole list of the top ten institutions in The Scientist: Best Places to work 2010: Academia - Top 10 Academic Institutions. 

Number 3 on the list of most attractive workplaces among natural science students

A recent survey by Universum Graduate Survey – an annual, impartial questionnaire of Danish students’ career preferences -has ranked University of Copenhagen third on a list of the most desirable workplaces in the engineering/ natural science category.

For more information:

Faculty of Life Sciences

17 Bülowsvej

DK -1870 Frederiksberg C

(+45) 3528 2828

(+45) 3528 2079


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