Master of Headache Disorders


Program Description

Become a headache specialist

The Master of Headache Disorders is a continuing professional development programme for healthcare professionals such as medical students, neurologists, general practitioners, pain specialists, dentists, nurses, psychologists, and physiotherapists.

The programme has been developed by the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Headache Centre. The Danish Headache Center is the first headache center in Scandinavia to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with rare or severe headache disorders and cranial neuralgias.

As a student you will be taught by one of the leading Headache Research Groups in the world and has more than 30 researchers working in a translational research environment covering experimental in-vitro and in-vivo models, human genetics and epidemiology as well as human experimental headache models and development of new treatment modalities.

This medical master’s program consists of modules covering headache epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiological mechanisms, investigation and management, headache treatment organization, and research.

“I can’t put into words how great this programme is. It is extremely well structured and it is so unique in its breadth and depth of the subjects that it covers”

- Carl Göbel, Neurologist at the Department for Neurology, University Hospital Lübeck, Germany

Participant profiles

Headache treatment at its best is multidisciplinary. This is evident in modern tertiary headache centres, which consist of specialized nurses, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, dentists, and physiotherapists.

The Master’s programme will qualify you to become a key specialist in the treatment of headache disorders at places like:

  • Tertiary headache centers;
  • Specialized neurological day-care clinics;
  • Private headache clinics;
  • General medical practice;

The Master of Headache Disorders invites applications with the above-mentioned degrees and experience in the field of headache medicine to apply for admission.

Programme structure

Part-time study for full-time employees

The 60 ECTS credits master’s programme (equivalent to 1 year of full-time study) is designed to be completed in 2 years of part-time study.

The programme requires a minimum of 6 individual visits to Copenhagen, Denmark over a two-year period.

Course modules

Most course modules have a few available seats for single course students. Deadline for application to individual course modules is 8 weeks prior to course start.

E-learning prior to on-campus lectures

  • Modules 1 to 4: E-learning self-study period followed by one week of face-to-face sessions at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Module 5: A three-week clinical course at the Danish Headache Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Module 6: A master’s thesis, which is completed with an oral examination in Denmark.

“I love the group discussions that we have because I feel they give us the opportunity to reflect over the topics of the day and thereby translate the knowledge into clinical practice”

- Susie Lagrata, Headache nurse, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, United Kingdom


Learning outcome

Scientific and clinical competences

During the six course modules, you will obtain a mix of scientific and clinical competences to diagnose and treat a headache together with organizational skills to set up and run a headache centre.

This program provides you with the ability to:

  • Diagnose, do the proper work-up and set up an evidence-based treatment plan for each individual patient.
  • Find and include the scientific background, development, and methods in headache medicine.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary setting, to give each patient the most relevant and best care needed.
  • Set up and run a headache clinic.

Tuition fees


The tuition fee is differentiated, but still fixed – negotiation is not an option

The Danish Government pays a Ministry subsidy for EU/EEA students, whereas all other students must pay the full course price.

  • Full course price: non-EU/EEA citizens (actual costs)
  • Reduced course price: EU/EEA citizens (costs partly covered through a Ministry subsidy)

Sponsors provide grants

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, students enrolled at the master of Headache Disorders may apply for a grant to help cover part of the study fee and part of the travel costs. You can find more information via the programme website,

The University of Copenhagen does not offer tuition remission, grants or scholarships

Admission and application

Admission criteria for Master of Headache Disorders

Both full programme students and single course students must

  • Hold a relevant bachelor's or master's degree or equivalent
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have knowledge of Statistics equivalent to high-school Mathematics level A or B

Application process

The programme only admits applicants every second year (even years), and hence, is open for applications from January to May 1 in even years.

Fill out the application form via the Master’s programme website,, and remember the required documentation.

Individual course modules available

Most modules have a few available seats for single course students. Application deadline for typically 8 weeks prior to the start date.

Residence permits and visas

Students from non-EU/EEA countries must obtain a visa before entering Denmark. Visa requirements to enter the country vary, so you must consult the Danish embassy or consulate in your area.

Admission to a part-time study programme does not warrant a residence permit as a student. For further information, please contact the Danish Immigration Service.

  • TYPE: Continuing Professional Development
  • PLACE: University of Copenhagen and the Danish Headache Centre, Denmark
  • DURATION: 2 years part-time study
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PARTICIPANTS: Healthcare professionals working with headache disorders
  • ADMISSION: Every second year (even years)

Duration and price

Start date: October 2020

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Price: DKK 70,000 for EU/EEA citizens. DKK 110,865 for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Last updated May 2019

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