Agro-Environmental Management

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:24 months
Foreign:$ 18.5k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Mar 15, 2021
StudyQA ranking:2871

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One of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century is at the core of the MSc in Agro-Environmental Management programme. Nationally and globally there is a need for solutions that combine the increasing demand for food with sustainable management of nature, the climate and the environment.

With an MSc in Agro-Environmental Management, you will acquire a holistic understanding of agro-ecosystem processes and the interaction between agricultural production, nature and environmental management. You will be able to help make a difference by creating win–win situations that address these challenges.

Climate change is a building block

The MSc in Agro-Environmental Management builds on components from four core areas at Aarhus University, providing students with a broad education with specialised skills. We aim to provide a holistic understanding of the environment, nature, climate and agriculture. The broad base ensures that students are taught by leading international scientists within the main study areas.

The programme looks at topics such as nutrient cycling and environmental management; environmental effects of various types of production; xenobiotics; use of natural resources; landscape ecology and biodiversity; geographic information systems; environmental legislation, regulation and administration; nature restoration; and climate change.

These topics are of global relevance. Combined with the considerable Danish expertise and experience in this area, this means that the degree programme attracts students from all over the world. We therefore guarantee that, as a student on the MSc in Agro-Environmental Management programme, you will be challenged and stimulated at both the scientific and social levels. In the course of the programme, each student will be connected with relevant research groups in connection with project work or their thesis.

The MSc in Agro-Environmental Management is open to students with a BSc degree in the fields of agricultural sciences, natural resources, biology, geology or geography. The objective of the degree is to provide the tools needed to assess and apply theoretical and experimental methods and results, so as to clarify relationships in primary agriculture and the interaction with the environment.


With an MSc in Agro-Environmental Management you will be well equipped to seek a wide variety of jobs. Graduates have extensive knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise in the areas of agriculture, nature, the environment and climate interactions. This means that there are job opportunities in regional environment agencies, municipal nature conservation offices, agricultural advisory services, firms of consulting engineers, educational institutions, NGOs concerned with nature and the environment, engineering firms, and EU institutions, ministries and other public authorities.

Research is also an obvious career path. Students can apply for admission to the university’s PhD programme either after the first year of the MSc degree or following completion of the thesis.

Agro-Environmental Management is a 2-year MSc programme that consists of a range of mandatory and elective courses. In the course of the second year you do a MSc thesis of 30, 45 or 60 ECTS.

Degree structure

Mandatory courses, 1st semester

  • Nutrient Cycling and Environmental Effects
  • Carbon Cycling and Climate Change
  • Agricultural Policy and Agro-Environmental Regulation
  • Agroecology and Environmentor
  • Geographical Information Systems*

Mandatory courses, 2nd semester

  • Agro-Ecosystem Analysis and Management and Farm Scale
  • River Basin Analysis and Management

Elective courses, 2nd semester

  • Restoration of Wetlands, Streams and Lakes
  • Landscape Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Fate and Effects of Xenobiotics
  • GIS modeling

Elective Courses, 3rd Semester

  • Communication, Extension and Decision Making
  • Soil Physics in Managed Ecosystems
  • Modelling of biological and technical systems
  • Study Design and Analysis
  • Geostatistics and Spatial Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry - Analysis of Xenobiotics
  • Temperature effects in soil microbial ecology
  • Open Project
  • Open Project
  • Open Project
  • Thesis
  • Thesis
  • Thesis

*Students with a bachelor degree with an emphasis on agroecology and GIS may be allowed to choose another subject instead of one of these.

Admission to the Master's degree programme in Agro-Environmental Management requires a Bachelor's degree in agricultural science, biological sciences, geology or geography.Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master's degree programme, provided the University assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above. In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding composition of the degree programme.It is a condition that each student's language skills are sufficient to be able to follow teaching in English and prepare written material in English. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83
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