MSc in Agricultural Economics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Agricultural Economics

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Agricultural Economics

By 2050, we will be about nine billion people on earth, and we all need food. Resources are scarce and the needs plentiful. As an MSc student of Agricultural Economics you will be equipped with methods and tools that can help tackle these huge challenges.

The programme is offered in English.

As an Msc Student of Agricultural Economics you will work with economics and policy in an international perspective with a special emphasis on food, agribusiness and development.  

You will gain knowledge about the way economic incentives can regulate the consumption and production of food, and why rich parts of the world have large food stocks while people in the third world are starving.

The programme also gives you a chance to study industrial organization, and innovation in the food industry, and analyse the agribusiness value chain from farm to fork.

If you would like to work with big challenges within international economics and food policy, an MSc in Agricultural Economics is an obvious choice for you. 

Admission requirements 

The BSc programme in Agricultural Economics at the Faculty of Science qualifies graduates directly for admission to the MSc programme in Agricultural Economics.

BSc graduates in Economics from other Danish universities are admitted directly.

BSc graduates in Natural Resources at the Faculty of Science with the core module course in Environmental Economics may be admitted if the courses Investment and Finance as well as Economic Policy have been passed.

Students holding a BSc degree from other study directions at the Faculty of Science and students holding a BSc degree from another university or from institutions of higher education may be admitted on an individual basis. It is a minimum requirement that their examination includes courses in:

  • Microeconomics (at least 22.5 ECTS)
  • Macroeocnomics (at least 15 ECTS)
  • International Economics (at least 7.5 ECTS)
  • Statistics (at least 7.5 ECTS)
  • Econometrics (at least 7.5 ECTS) 

Profile

As a student of Agricultural Economics you will be sought after by business and industry, and it will be easy to get a study-related job in public and private organizations. You may also get an internship, for instance with an embassy abroad, where you will have the opportunity to test and challenge your knowledge and skills.  

The MSc programme in Agricultural Economics is a social science programme that focuses on economic methods and tools which equip you to solve problems.

With an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics, you can assess agribusiness economics, international economics and development economics issues and decision-making processes. You can work with legislation and relevant institutions, and you are able to analyse interdisciplinary topics from an economic angle. At the same time, you are able to communicate academic issues and solutions to peers and the public.

You acquire in-depth knowledge about the economic policy landscape. In addition, you are provided with the necessary tools to analyse and advise on international economics and development and/or industrial economics from a food policy perspective. During your studies, you will come across both national and global issues. 

What competences will I acquire?

As a graduate in Agricultural Economics, you are, among other things, also able to:

  • Apply economic methods and principles to solve current problems and issues
  • Explain how changes in the EU and world trade affect the everyday lives of households
  • Apply your insight into how economic incentives can regulate consumption and production
  • Handle work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models in the private and public sectors – both nationally and internationally



Career opportunities

With an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics, you may find employment with various institutions and companies in Denmark as well as internationally. You may, for example, be hired by:

  • Banks and financial institutions or international organisations such as the EU and OECD
  • Ministries (e.g. the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries) and government agencies (e.g. the Danish Environmental Protection Agency), where you can contribute to establishing the basis for the policy in the food and environmental area
  • Central agricultural organisations and companies
  • Economic consultancies and advisory services

Or what about becoming a researcher or a lecturer in economics and social conditions?
 

Structure

In your first year of study, you can choose between elective courses at gradually higher academic levels. In your second year, you can also choose to study at a foreign university. Or you can follow courses at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, at Copenhagen Business School or other universities.

Moreover, you have the option, for example, of working on a theme project in collaboration with a company. Previous projects have, for instance, dealt with enhanced conflict resolution in the WTO or tariff barriers for manufacturers in the EU and developing countries.

The MSc programme consists of:

  • Compulsory and elective subjects
  • Thematic course (block 1, 9 weeks with one project)
  • Thesis


For a closer look at the programme structure and compulsory courses, take a look at the 3 specialisations offered: International Economics and Development, Agribusiness and Food Economics and Agribusiness and Innovation.


Master Thesis

You complete your MSc programme by writing a thesis, which is a large scientific project corresponding to six months of teaching. You can write your thesis on your own or in a group.

The thesis is often based on a specific problem, for instance a task on which a research institution or company is working.

Examples of theme projects and theses:

  • Changes in purchasing patterns in connection with low VAT on selected foods
  • Can the conflict resolution system in the WTO be improved?
  • The economic impact of the tariff barriers on sugar beet producers in the EU and the developing countries
  • Non-tariff barriers to trade in the Southern African Customs Union


You gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Agricultural Economics (in Danish: cand.oecon.agro.).
Teaching on the MSc programme in Agricultural Economics

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens


  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.


Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).


Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  •  EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

With an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics, you may find employment with various institutions and companies in Denmark as well as internationally. You may, for example, be hired by:

    Banks and financial institutions or international organisations such as the EU and OECD
    Ministries (e.g. the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries) and government agencies (e.g. the Danish Environmental Protection Agency), where you can contribute to establishing the basis for the policy in the food and environmental area
    Central agricultural organisations and companies
    Economic consultancies and advisory services

    Or what about becoming a researcher or a lecturer in economics and social conditions?

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
4,000 EUR
Information
Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 4,000 EUR
per semester for non-EU/EEA citizens