MSc in Landscape Architecture

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Landscape Architecture

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (MSc) in Landscape Architecture

As an MSc in landscape architecture and urban design, you shape the future urban environments and housing areas, parks and landscapes, so that they provide excellent human and natural settings for many years to come.

The programme is offered in English.

During the two-year MSc programme in Landscape Architecture you work with design, planning and analysis, in order to create attractive, varied and sustainable urban areas and landscapes which people use actively and thus bring to life.

When studying for an MSc in Landscape Architecture, you specialise in landscape planning, green space management or urban design. Within these fields you learn to undertake programming, planning, design and management at local and regional scales, developing competences in architectural method, natural and social sciences.

As a landscape architect you are trained as a highly skilled project manager who are able to handle complex and unpredictable work situations that often require new solution models. Thus you will achieve a high level of professionalism which will benefit your future career as a landscape architect.

Profile and Career

The MSc programme in Landscape Architecture combines creative disciplines and scientific knowledge with an understanding of society.

As a landscape architect and urban planner, you work with designing anything from local beach parks, harbour transformations and green urban areas to overall landscape planning.

You know the conditions governing the development and structure of the cities and regions and are able to plan, design and manage parks and green areas.

You work analytically and creatively to create unique architecture and perfect solutions for urban and rural areas, resulting in stimulating, well-functioning and sustainable surroundings for people in the future.

Competence Description

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Landscape Architecture, you will also have the competences, for example, to:

  • Propose hypotheses and analyse, programme and plan the development of green spaces
  • Evaluate the quality of landscape architecture projects – both your own and those of others
  • Take a spatial, social and artistic approach in a variety of contexts

Career opportunities

As a landscape architect and urban planner, you have many exciting career opportunities. You can, for example, work with developing specific plans for new urban spaces and areas, harbour transformations etc. at a private architectural firm.

Or you can work in the public sector as, for example, nature manager, parks officer or city planner in charge of developing parks and green areas.

Many landscape architects and urban planners also start their own business, where they handle development, design and management tasks for private individuals, companies and public authorities.

Finally, quite a few landscape architects and urban planners work within communication, research or teaching.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme consists of a number of elective courses, a compulsory thematic course and a thesis.

You shape your course of study yourself through elective courses on the basis of your academic and personal interests. The electives offer you the opportunity to strengthen your competences within area management, urban ecology and planning of recreational plantings. You can also combine your architectural knowledge with courses such as conflict management, ecology or economics in order for you to acquire specialised competences.

You can use the elective courses to immerse yourself in subjects in which you are particularly interested. This may concern sustainable urban areas and urban ecology, shaping of gardens and parks or policy and landscape management.


You can further enhance your personal profile by choosing between three specialisations alternating between theory and project work:

  • Urban Design
  • Green Space Management
  • Landscape Planning

The entire MSc programme is taught in English, and there are good opportunities for studying outside the University of Copenhagen in both Denmark and abroad. The Faculty of Science, where the Landscape Architecture programme is based, has also entered into a collaboration agreement with the schools of architecture in Copenhagen and Aarhus on which you can draw.

Master's thesis

The MSc programme is concluded with the writing of a thesis corresponding to six or nine months of studies.

The thesis may consist of a plan proposal for a specific area or may be a study of an academic problem area which you treat in a scientific context.

In connection with a thesis of 30 ECTS, an additional minimum of 60 ECTS must be obtained through the thematic course and the group of core courses, and, in connection with a thesis of 45 ECTS, an additional minimum of 45 ECTS must be obtained through the thematic course and the group of core courses.

Examples of theses and theme projects:

  • Urban development at Nordhavnen (harbour area in Copenhagen)
  • Life on urban rooftops – ideas for public roof gardens
  • General plan and project proposal for industrial site in the city of Fredericia
  • Landscape plan for new residential area in the town of Jægerspris
  • A child’s perspective on park policy with Esbjerg as case city
  • General plan for areas around the port of Aalborg, Denmark
  • The greenways in Copenhagen – recreation, nature, production
  • Plan for restoration of the Harrestrup Å watercourse
  • Garden design with focus on therapy for people affected by stress
  • The cemetery as a cultural phenomenon

 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

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA