Roskilde University

World University Rankings 2024
Young University Rankings 2022
P.O. Box 260, Roskilde, Copenhagen, DK- 4000, Denmark

More about Roskilde University

Roskilde University is a public, research-driven university founded in 1972. The university builds on innovative and student-centred forms of learning, strong interdisciplinary research environments, and a shared focus on the great social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges in the world around us.

Roskilde University offers English-taught undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes within social sciences, business studies, arts and humanities, science, technology, health care and environmental assessment.

The university employs 570 researchers at four departments: Communication and Arts, People and Technology, Science and Environment, Social Sciences and Business.

Educational principles includes interdisciplinarity, problem-oriented project work, participant direction and joint responsibility. From enrolment to graduation, students learn to identify and define problems scientifically, assess and select the relevant theories and methods, and conduct independent scientific analyses.

Half of the student’s time is spent in a project group under the supervision of a researcher. The students define a problem and present arguments for solutions through scientific exploration. The problems defined in project work often target real life challenges in the surrounding world, thereby bridging the gap between academia and society. The other half of the student’s time is devoted to courses in subject-specific methodology and theory.

International students at Roskilde University learn methods and theories within their subject fields, they acquire skills in project management and they encounter Danish culture in an informal, creative and democratic student environment.

On arrival at Roskilde University, students are assigned a personal mentor and they enrol on a 2-week foundation course that ensures they receive the best possible introduction to Roskilde University and to Denmark.

Roskilde University consists of one large campus area, which includes a large research library, a state-of-the-art laboratory building, a student house, organic canteen, sports club, International Student Club and many outdoor facilities etc.

The campus is located at the outskirts of the city of Roskilde. Roskilde hosts one of Europe's largest culture and music festivals, the Roskilde Festival. The city has a rich social and recreational life and more than one thousand years of history as an important harbour and trading city, dating back to the Viking era. Roskilde is a mere 25 minutes by train from the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Programmes offered at Roskilde University

International undergraduate programmes
International graduate programmes
Ph.d. programmes
Exchange and guest students at Roskilde University

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Key statistics

  • 6,050
    Number of FTE Students
  • 15.8
    No. of students per staff
  • 22%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 65 : 35
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 15%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Find a course at Roskilde University

  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Education

    • Education
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences