MSc in Agriculture

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Agriculture

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Agriculture

Sustainable production of sufficient high quality food for a growing population is a major global challenge. At the same time new needs for green environments and plants for health, well-being and bioenergy are emerging. As a graduate from the MSc program in Agriculture, you will shape the future use of plants for human benefits, by improving the plants, designing sustainable systems for production and managing the effects on nature, biodiversity and the environment.

The programme is offered in English.

MSc Agriculture is a broad program targeted students interested in the potentials of plants for human benefits and in agriculture as a human activity. In the two year MSc program you specialize either in Plant Science or in Production and Environment. You can also choose the joint European program in Environmental Sciences (EnvEuro).

We aim to educate graduates who are capable of professionally conducting research, developing innovative solutions and improving systems within the fields of plant science, production systems, natural resource use and environmental impacts.

Profile and Career

As a graduate of the MSc Agriculture program you have the capacity to identify and analyse problems and to suggest and implement improvements to complex situations related to sustainable human use of plants and other natural resources within your focus area.

Graduates with a Plant Science profile will be highly qualified within physiological and molecular methods to improve plant performance, plant growth factors and interactions between plants and other organisms.

Graduates from the Production and Environment specialisation have strong competencies in production systems and the economically efficient and environmentally sound management of soil, water and plants in these systems.

Graduates from the joint Environmental Science specialisation have expertise in handling and solving environmental problems related to land use and in the principles and practices behind environmental policy and regulation in Europe.

Competencies common for all of the specialisations are:

  • The capacity to plan and organise own research including problem identification, research question formulation, data requirements and selection of experimental or empirical methods, independent analyses, interpretation and critical discussion of results
  • A capacity for independent thought, creativity and rigour in the application of knowledge and skills in professional situations
  • Ability to structure own learning processes and assume responsibility for continuous professional development
  • Independence and integrity when working in complex settings on an individual basis, in teams as well as in cross-disciplinary and intercultural environments


Career tracks

Depending on specialisation graduates pursue a wide range of careers:

  • National and international advising and consultancy in crop production, nature and environment, in the horticultural and agricultural sector
  • Research, innovation and product development of plants, plant protection and environmental technologies in public institutions, private businesses or in own enterprise
  • Policy development, implementation and administration related to plant production, nature conservation, environment and related technologies in the public sector, e.g. in ministries and municipalities and in private stakeholder organisations, including international NGOs
  • Teaching and communication in universities or agricultural schools or to the broader public

Programme Structure

The MSc programme in Agriculture consists of compulsory courses depending on your specialisation, elective courses and a thesis. You can also include an internship or studying abroad in your program.

 
Teaching and learning methods

We emphasize student learning of scientific and professional competencies, and we have a long tradition for close contact between students and teachers and their research groups.  Most courses include a combination of lectures, exercises, group or individual projects, individual readings, excursions and field work. In all three specialisations the programme starts with a compulsory course for students in the specialisation.


Specialisations

The programme has 3 specialisations:

  • Plant Science specialisation
  • Production and Environment specialisation
  • EnvEuro specialisation

Plant Science

In the specialisation Plant Science you work with individual plants and plant products, from genes to traits, genetic resources, quality parameters and postharvest biology, plant functions in relation to agricultural and horticultural production and use of plants.

Central topics are physiological and molecular methods to improve plant performance, plant responses to internal and external growth factors, interaction of plants and other organisms, nutritional composition of food, feed, energy, high value crops and ornamental plants.


Study programme

The programme includes the following elements:

  • A thesis of 45 or 60 credits
  • One compulsory course (15 credits)
  • Restricted elective courses of 15 or 30 credits depending on thesis size
  • Elective courses of 30 credits

The Compulsory course

In the course Experimental Plant Science you gain experience in conducting experimental work in plant science on the basis of your previous acquired knowledge and skills. The course covers a range of established methods, state-of-the art and cutting edge technologies used to study plants, their development and function. The course runs over two blocks to allow studying the processes involved in growth and development of plants over longer time periods. The aim of the course is to give in depth knowledge and understanding of key physiological and molecular function of plants and plant organs, from molecular and cellular perspectives to whole plant level. Learning, understanding and practice is obtained by combining knowledge about plants within a number of selected themes with appropriate methods and technologies used to analyse plants and plant products.
Restricted elective courses are key courses which you select from the list of relevant courses. To secure the focus on plant application you must choose at least one course with a production perspective. An internship (Project in Practice) can be included as a credit activity.  


Elective courses

The elective courses allow you to create your own academic and professional profile. You can choose courses which either deepen or broaden your competencies. Elective courses can be followed either at SCIENCE, at one of the other faculties at the University of Copenhagen or at other Danish and international universities.


Master thesis

You complete your programme with a thesis which is your opportunity to work for 9 or 12 months (45 or 60 ECTS) on an issue or a scientific problem within your core area of interest.  The thesis involves independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. It is often carried out in collaboration with a research group or with external partners, e.g. private firms, proposing problems for which solutions are needed. 

Production and Environment

In the specialisation Production and Environment you work with production systems, both in the field and in protected cultivation. Your focus is on designing and managing economically viable and environmentally sound production systems, aiming for wise use of natural resources, biodiversity protection and the provision of ecological services. The major focus is on agricultural and horticultural systems in the European natural and regulatory context. In the compulsory course in the end of the first year you collaborate with a partner enterprise in food production.


Study programme

The programme includes the following elements:

  • A thesis of 30 or 45 credits
  • Two compulsory courses (22,5 credits)
  • Restricted elective courses of 22,5 or 37,5 credits depending on thesis size
  • Elective courses of 30 credits

The Compulsory courses

The compulsory course Crop Production in a Farming Systems in the first block of the programme aims to qualify you to work with the complex challenges of crop production. You analyse key elements in plant production systems and synthesise your knowledge from disciplinary courses to suggest solutions to problems within crop production. The course includes work with decision support systems and a farm case.

The intensive course European Farm and Food Systems in the end of year 1 brings together the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses, in a three week field work where you go off campus and engage in a real-life case (e.g. a large vegetable producer). You learn to employ a structured work process to identify potential areas of improvement through interactions with key stakeholders. The teaching and learning environment is characterized by being experiental (learning by doing) and interactive (involving stakeholders).

Restricted elective courses are key courses which you select from the list of courses in the curriculum.  An internship (Project in Practice) can be included as a credit activity.


Elective courses

The elective courses allow you to create your own academic and professional profile. You can choose courses which either deepen or broaden your competencies. Courses can be followed either at SCIENCE, at one of the other faculties at the University of Copenhagen or at other Danish and international universities.


Master thesis

You complete your programme with a thesis which is your opportunity to work for 6 or 9 months (30 or 45 ECTS) on an issue or a scientific problem.  The thesis often involves independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. It can be carried out in collaboration with a research group or with external partners, e.g. firms, public partners or organisations with proposals for problems to which solutions are needed.


Environmental Sciences - Soil, Water and Biodiversity (EnvEuro)

If the specialisation EnvEuro is chosen, you will work with soil, water and biodiversity.

With this specialisation, you will spend one year at University of Copenhagen and one year at a European partner university. The choice of partner university depends on your focus: soil, water or biodiversity within environmental science.

 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


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

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Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
7,300 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2017
Place
Denmark Copenhagen
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Duration 2 years
Price 7,300 EUR
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