In the course of the MSc programme in Nature Management (Landscape, Biodiversity and Planning) 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
The programme is offered in English.
Sustainable development involves combining nature and the environment with various interests and human needs for goods and services like production of food and timber, a clean environment and leisure in a planned and regulated way
The two-year interdisciplinary MSc programme in Nature Management 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 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 the necessary insight and knowledge to understand how and why human beings interfere with the environment and what the consequences of this interference might be. 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 intiatives to conserve and manage nature and biodiversity.
The programme includes three general areas:
In the course of the study programme, you will also learn to integrate the three areas and prepare sustainable overall solutions.
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.
Or you may start a research and development career in the university community or other research institutions.
If you hold a citizenship from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland, you are covered by the rules of tuition fee.
The tuition fee applies per semester and must be paid by 1 May (for Autumn semester) and 1 December (for Spring semester).
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.
You can read more about the MSc in Nature Management in the curriculum (upper right part of this page).
Teaching on the MSc programme in Nature Management
The teaching varies between lectures, exercises, excursions and project work. The two thematic courses and most of the elective and compulsory courses include much field work and excursions. The programme is taught in English.
The MSc programme is concluded with a large scientific project, the thesis, which takes 6-12 months and entitles graduates to the title Master of Science (MSc).
The following BSc graduates are accepted in the programme:
BSc graduates in Biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, including basic knowledge on environmental law (specified below), e.g.
BSc in Biology from EU countries and associated countries including basic knowledge on environmental law (specified below)
BSc graduates in Natural Resources from Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Forest and Landscape Engineer from Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
BSc graduates in Landscape Architecture from Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
BSc graduates in Agricultural Economics from Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, with an additional requirement for 7.5 credits within ecology (specified below), e.g.
In order to be eligible for admission, other BSc graduates must have completed a BSc programme containing elements from all three dimensions: ecology, species knowledge (plant and animal) and environmental law.
In practice, there is a minimum requirement for the number of credits within each of the three academic areas:
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: Fundamental knowledge and competences within botany, zoology and concepts of species diversity.
Environmental law: Knowledge on laws and regulations of land-use and protection of nature and the environment.
To gain admission to an MSc in the English language, non-Danish applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school English level B'. The Faculty of Science accepts the following 3 ways of documenting this:
If you are citizen of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit any proof of English proficiency. Your copy of your passport will suffice as sufficient proof.
Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline)
No work experience is required.
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