University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science

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Faculty of Science
Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Seal of the Faculty of Science
Latin: Facultatis Naturalis
Established 1850 (as an independent faculty)
Type Public university
Dean John Renner Hansen
Students 6200
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Affiliations EUA, LAOTSE
Buildings in the H. C. Ørsted Institute

The Faculty of Science (Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet in Danish) at the University of Copenhagen consists of both mathematical and natural sciences, and is divided into 11 institutes including the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Some institutes are in turn divided into a number of sections and laboratories, and the faculty also encompasses several national and international research centres, and has a number of field stations in Denmark and in Greenland, among them the Arctic Station in central West Greenland.

All institutes are situated in the central part of Copenhagen. The fine old building of the former Astronomical Observatory - 3 Øster Voldgade - now houses the Faculty Administration.

The Faculty of Science is a big and living work place. The faculty has a permanent staff of 1200 people inclusive academic tenures and technical or administrative personnel. Additionally a large number of temporary staff works at the faculty financed by external grants and contracts.

The Faculty of Science offers a three-year Bachelor of Science degree (BS), a two-year Master of Science degree (MS) and a three-year Ph.D. degree. There are two main areas of study programmes. One is the mathematical-physical-chemical subject group, which includes mathematics, computer science, actuarial science, mathematical economy, statistics, physics, astronomy, geophysics, meteorology, biophysics, chemistry, environmental chemistry, food science, biochemistry and nano-science. The other is the natural history-geography group, which includes biology, sports science, geology, geography, geo-informatics, geology-geophysics and bio-informatics. From September 2003 the Faculty of Science additionally offers 2 one-year master programmes, one in Geography and one in Physical Education and Sports Science.

In 2002 the faculty had a total of 6200 ordinary students enrolled together with a large number of guest students from universities abroad or other institutions in Denmark. The number of students in each programme varies significantly, whereas 1350 students are enrolled in the Biology programme, a total of 124 students is enrolled in the Actuarial Mathematics programme.

The seal[edit]

The seal of the faculty contains the following text

Sigilum Facultatis Naturalis
Universitatis Hafniensis
Seal of the Faculty of Nature (i.e. Natural Science)
The University of Copenhagen

which is written in a circle around a stilized rendering of a hafnium atom. Hafnium was discovered at the Faculty in 1923 by Dirk Coster and Georg von Hevesy, and the name of the element is derived from Hafnia which is the Latin name for Copenhagen.


The faculty’s research takes place across 12 departments:

  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Food Science
  • Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics
  • Department of Science Education
  • Natural History Museum of Denmark
  • The Niels Bohr Institute

On January 1, 2004, the Botanical Institute and Zoological Institute merged as Department of Biology, while the four museums Botanical Garden, Botanical Museum and Library, Geological Museum and Zoological Museum merged as Natural History Museum of Denmark.

On January 1, 2005, the August Krogh Institute and the Department of Molecular Biology merged as Department of Molecular Biology and Physiology.

The faculty previously known as the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University is located in Frederiksberg, Denmark and was established in 1856. As of 1 January 2007, the University merged with the University of Copenhagen. The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University was briefly a faculty under the University of Copenhagen called the Faculty of Life Sciences.

On January 1, 2008, the Department of Biology and the Department of Molecular Biology and Physiology merged as a reconstructed Department of Biology.

On January 1, 2012, the Faculty of Life Sciences split up, the veterinary part merged into the faculty of health sciences, and the rest merged into the faculty of science.

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Coordinates: 55°41′51″N 12°33′34″E / 55.69750°N 12.55944°E / 55.69750; 12.55944