Who is it for? 

Headache treatment at its best is multidisciplinary.

The Master of Headache Disorders is continuing professional development for health-care professionals.

If you are a neurologist, doctor, specialised nurse, psychologist, psychiatrist, pharmacist, dentist or physiotherapist you could benefit by becoming a Master of Headache Disorders.

Key benefits 

This programme provides you with the ability to

  • Diagnose, do the proper work-up and set up an evidence based treatment plan
  • 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

Worldwide demands for headache specialists

The demand for headache specialists who can provide quick and correct diagnoses in order to provide the patient with the right treatment is high worldwide.

Today, only a fraction of the many patients with headache disorders have access to the right treatment, which is due to the low treatment capacity and a lack of professional qualifications.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists migraine and other headache disorders as the most frequent neurological illness amongst all known diseases.


Part-time studying for working professionals

The Master of Headache Disorders is 60 ECTS credits, equivalent to one year of full-time study. The programme is designed to be completed over a span of two years, allowing health-care professionals to study alongside a full-time job.

The programme is tailored to fit into the busy schedule of a health-care professional. This is achieved by offering all courses with a flexible online learning component combined with a short and intensive in-person course in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Throughout the two-year programme, participants are expected to make a total of six trips to Copenhagen, Denmark, as follows:

  • First four courses involve a flexible online learning period followed by a one-week course held at the University of Copenhagen.
  • The clinical course consists of a flexible online learning period followed by a three-week clinical stay at the Danish Headache Center.
  • For the Master’s project, students receive personalized academic guidance, available online if needed. The culmination of this project is an oral examination held in Copenhagen.

The programme

Each ECTS credit is equivalent to 27.5 hours of study. The total workload for this master’s programme is estimated to be 1650 hours in total, which is equivalent to one year of full-time study at a university. In total 60 ECTS.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Epidemiology and Diagnosis of Headache and Facial Pain (7,5 ECTS) Investigations and Management of Headache and Facial Pain (7,5 ECTS) Clinical Course at a Specialized Headache Center (10 ECTS) Master's project (20 ECTS)
Mechanism and Comorbidities of Headache and Facial Pain (7,5 ECTS) Organization of Headache Care and Clinical Practice (7,5 ECTS)
We announce all course dates well in advance. Please note, that courses are available only every second year.

Translating research-based knowledge into clinical practice

The Master of Headache Disorders offers research-based teaching at an advanced level, led by world-renowned headache researchers. We prioritize bridging the gap between the latest research and clinical practice, providing hands-on experience.

Our programme welcomes talented students from around the globe, fostering an open learning environment that values students' experiences and knowledge. Building networks with lecturers and fellow students is a vital component of our program.

The Master of Headache Disorders is accredited by The Danish Accreditation Institution and undergoes continuous quality assurance processes by the University of Copenhagen.

Advanced teaching, bridging the gap between the latest research and hands-on practice

Examination schedules

View exam and re-exam details by clicking the link below.


Click the course to apply and view the full description and details.

Teaching Staff and Partners

Head of studies

Rigmor Højland Jensen

Professor, MD, Dr.Med Sci. and Head of Studies

Henrik Winther Schytz

Henrik Winther Schytz

Associate Professor, MD, PhD, Dr.Med.Sci and Co-director of Studies

Teaching staff

The faculty consists of renowned experts, providing the students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills.


Danish Headache Center logoThe Danish Headache Center (DHC) is an academic headache center with an extensive human and basic research portfolio. DHC 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.

University of Copenhagen collaborates with the Danish Headache Center to ensure that the Master of Headache Disorders is driven and developed on an internationally high academic level.


Michael Long, student MHD

The tutors and course leads are fantastic and their enthuthiasm for headache medicine and your education is a real highlight of this course for me.

Michael Long, GP with special interest in Headache, United Kingdom


The Master of Headache Disorders programme is endorsed by the following organisations:

The programme is tailored to fit into the busy schedule of health-care professionals.

Tuition Fees and Grants

Tuition fees

Master's programme:

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens: 70,000 DKK.
Non-EU, non-EEA, or non-Swiss citizens: 110,000 DKK.

Citizens from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland are eligible for reduced tuition fees according to EU legislation.

The full programme tuition fee is paid in four instalments, one per semester, which must be paid prior to the start of the semester.

The fees for individual courses are listed under each course.


Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we manage two types of grants for students enrolled on Master of Headache Disorders. 

Tuition Grant Travel Grant
Covers part of the tuition fee. Maximum DKK 70,000 Covers part of the cost for travel and accommodation. Maximum DKK 22,500


The grant application period commences in January 2026 and application deadline is 1 May 2026. Apply for the grant concurrently with your programme application or directly on the link below:



The assessment of your grant application is undertaken in parallel with the admission process for the Master of Headache Disorders.

Priority will be given to:

  • Academically outstanding applicants. The selection is based on an evaluation of the applicants academic level as well as relevant work experience as stated in the application for the Master of Headache Disorders
  • Applicants whose workplace / country will benefit the most from undertaking the Master of Headache Disorders. The selection is based on an evaluation of the applicants’ description in the application for grants
  • Publications and participation in conferences are an advantage



Danish Headache Society
H. Lundbeck A/S

The sponsors have had no influence on or input to the development or the performance of the programme.

Training at the Danish Headache Center


Application period:

1 October 2025 - 1 May 2026.

The admission is closed. Submit your application from 1 October 2025.


The programme welcomes new students every other year, in even numbered years, with studies beginning in September.

Admission criteria

Qualifying degree
Either a master’s degree in neurology, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, public health or similar, or a relevant bachelor’s degree in nursing, physiotherapy or similar. The qualifying degree must be obtained from a recognised higher education institution in Denmark or abroad.

Work experience
After completing the qualifying degree, you must have at least 2 years of relevant work experience demonstrating your clinical competence in pain medicine or headache management.

English proficiency
You must have a standard of English equivalent to level B in Danish secondary education.

Selection criteria


Up to 25 students are admitted on each enrolment. The admission committee selects eligible students based on an overall evaluation of the application including evidence of qualifying degree, relevance of work experience in pain medicine and/or headache field, and the motivation and goals for applying to the programme.


Priority is given to students admitted on Master of Headache Disorders. Once the enrolled students have been admitted to individual courses, the remaining seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


Collect documentation for your application


An official certified diploma and transcript of academic records, with stamp and signature from your home university.

In case the original documents are not available in one of the following languages: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English, you are required to upload a certified translation with the copy of the original document.



A CV with your relevant work experiences which clearly states workplaces, specific work periods and job responsibilities.



You can document your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

Native English language
Native English speakers from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland may submit a copy of the page of their passport that has their photograph as proof.

Diploma from a Nordic university
Nordic applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a certified copy of a high school diploma proving that they have passed English level B or by submitting a certified copy of a bachelor's or master’s diploma from a Nordic university.

Degree from an English speaking country
Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a certified copy of their degree certificate if their degree was taught in English. A semester or year spent on a student exchange programme is not sufficient.

English working language
Applicants working in companies with English as the official working language can demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting a letter from their employer, on official headed paper, stating that their working language is English.

English language proficiency test
Applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency if they have passed a recognised English language proficiency test with an adequate score. We accept the following tests:

Name of test

Minimum score

Information required for online check of test

IETLS (academic)

IELTS Home Edition

6.5 (overall test score) 

6.5 (overall test score)

Only overall score will be considered.

TRF Number (Test Report Form Number)


  1. Internet-based test (IBT)
  2. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  3. ITP TOEFL-test

(MyBest Scores are not accepted)





Registration number

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

Passed at level C1 or C2

ID-number and Secret Number

Cambridge Proficiency

Passed at level C1 or C2

ID-number and Secret Number

ELTS and TOEFL tests older than 2 years will not be accepted (counted from the programme application deadline). The Cambridge Assessment English may have been gained at any time.



You must prepare a statement of motivation (1 or 2 pages) about why you want to enrol in the Master of Headache Disorders and submit this together with your application.



If you are applying for a grant, you need to upload a detailed list of publications, presentations/participation in professional conferences and meetings.


A copy of your passport (photo page) is required for non-Danish citizens. If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with a permanent Danish residence permit, a copy of this permit must be uploaded.



Please check whether you require a visa to enter Denmark by consulting the list from the Danish Immigration Service:

If you are admitted to the programme and require a visa, we will assist you in the application process. Please note that the visa application can only begin upon receipt of the initial tuition fee installment.

Also note, that acceptance into a part-time study programme does not entitle you to a residence permit in Denmark. For additional details, please contact the Danish Immigration Service:



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Master of Headache Disorders

Continuing Professional Development
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Blegdamsvej 3B
2200 Copenhagen N - Denmark