Nature Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    7390
    Tuition (Semester)
    Free
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
In the course of the MSc programme in Nature Management (Landscape, Biodiversity and Planning) from University of Copenhagen you will learn about different types of landscape, their ecology, development and biodiversity. MSc students of the Nature Management programme learn about management and sustainable development of nature and landscapes on the basis of knowledge of biology, ecology, human needs and legislation related to nature and the environment

About

Sustainable development involves combining nature and the environment with various interests and human needs for goods and services like food and timber, a clean environment and leisure in a planned and regulated way.

The two-year interdisciplinary MSc programme in Nature Management from University of Copenhagen qualifies you to work with administration, management and planning in municipalities, ministries and agencies in Denmark, in the EU or internationally. It also qualifies you to work as a consultant in private companies or in NGO's. Or you can start a career in science and research.

The main objective of the programme is to provide you with high level insight and knowledge to understand how and why human beings interfere with the environment and what consequences this interference might have. This involves knowledge about biological diversity, ecosystems and cultural landscapes as well as knowledge about the legal framework of nature management and the rationale behind national, European and global initiatives to conserve and manage nature and biodiversity.

The programme includes three general pillars:
  • Biology, ecology and the environment – you will get a sound basic knowledge of the most common nature types and important processes in the ecosystem as well as of ecosystem services, e.g. water, biodiversity, carbon storage and recreational options.
  • Management and regulation – you will learn about management and legislation within nature and the environment, providing you with the foundation for plans and projects in for example relation to regulation.
  • The human being as a player – you will gain insight in impact of human beings on landscape development and an understanding of the interests of various groups, including how conflicts can be avoided and resolved.

In the course of the study programme, you will also learn how to integrate the three areas and prepare sustainable overall solutions.

Career Opportunities

The programme offers many career opportunities, and you can work within a number of different areas.

You may find employment within public administration, for instance in municipalities, ministries or government agencies in Denmark, in the EU or internationally. In these public bodies, you may work with nature and planning at an overall strategic level or at a more operational level, for example as a project manager in a specific nature restoration project.

Other opportunities include working as a consultant in private companies, consultancy firms or NGOs. Furthermore, you may find work in international and supranational organisations with political and management-related tasks.

Finally, you may start a research and development career in the university community or other research institutions.

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Two thematic compulsory courses will give you the basic understanding of the core academic subject areas.

In addition, you must choose courses from a pool of semi-compulsory subjects, and thereby you can strengthen your specific profile.

Finally, it is possible to personalise your degree and to create a profile that suits your personal academic interests by choosing between many elective courses, including for example biodiversity and conservation, ecology, nature perception, environmental economics, environmental chemistry, international environmental management, conflict management and ecological restoration etc.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 83

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s degrees that grant direct access

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you are considered to meet all admission requirements and have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Nature Management. Learn about when and how to apply.

  • BSc in Natural Resources from the University of Copenhagen
  • BSc in Biology from the University of Copenhagen
  • Landscape Architecture from the University of Copenhagen
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in Forest and Landscape Engineering from the University of Copenhagen
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in Urban Landscape Engineering from the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Geography & Geoinformatics or Environmental Science

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Geography & Geoinformatics from the University of Copenhagen or Biology or Environmental Science from other Danish or foreign Universities, you may be academically qualified for admission to the MSc Programme, if your Bachelor’s degree includes the following elements:

  • Ecology – at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Ecology: Scientific competences within and knowledge of the structure and function of ecosystems. Relevant academic areas including e.g. plant physiology, population and community ecology, systems ecology, soil science, and biogeochemistry.
  • Species knowledge – at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Species knowledge: Fundamental knowledge and competences within botany or zoology.
Other Bachelor’s degrees

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements.Learn about when and how to apply.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Copenhagen or other Danish or foreign Universities you may be academically qualified for admission to the MSc Programme, if your Bachelor’s degree includes the following elements:

  • Ecology – at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Ecology: Scientific competences within and knowledge of the structure and function of ecosystems. Relevant academic areas including e.g. plant physiology, population and community ecology, systems ecology, soil science, and biogeochemistry.
  • Species knowledge – at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Species knowledge: Fundamental knowledge and competences within botany or zoology.

In addition, you may be admitted, if you after an individual assessment, are deemed to possess educational/academic qualifications equivalent to the requirements listed above.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 7390 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee for the MSc in Nature Management per semester: DKK 55,000

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.