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  • Foreign: $ 18k / Year
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  • English

    In the MSc programme in Agricultural Development you will learn about the development of forestry and farming and foods in developing countries. As an MSc in Agricultural Development, you will be making sustainable positive changes to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

    The programme is offered in English.

    Agricultural Development (AD) focuses on sustainable development in developing countries and provides you with scientific and practical knowledge about farming, forestry systems, food processing and quality, economic development, rural livelihoods and envronmental and natural ressource management.

    The two-year programme combines a scientific approach to problems in developing countries with a broader social understanding of the conditions for development.

    Profile and Career

    The two-year MSc programme in Agricultural Development combines a scientific approach to problems in developing countries with a broader social understanding of the conditions for development. The programme includes solid methodological and field based training.

    Some of the academic issues you might be working with are how health and food safety can be secured through food production and how improved processing of food can generate a better income for the local communities.

    What competences will I acquire?

    As a graduate in Agricultural Development and an expert on development, you are, among other things, able to:

    • Provide a detailed account and critical evaluation of current research theories in connection with sustainable use and management of natural resources in developing countries.
    • Distinguish critically between sustainable and livelihood-related issues in connection with the use of natural resources.
    • Carry out research, advisory and policy-related activities within agricultural development.
    • Identify and analyse research issues and communicate these to the general public.

    Career opportunities

    The programme gives you career opportunities within development in developing countries. As an MSc in Agricultural Development, you can, among other things:

    • Become a consultant in a Danish or international organisation specialising in development and/or food, e.g. Danida, the UN’s environment and agriculture organisations UNEP and FAO or the EU.
    • Work within research in Denmark or at an international research institution, e.g. at universities and government research institutions.
    • Find employment with one of the many organisations focusing on developing countries. Recent graduates from the programme are, for example, working with the Red Cross, CARE, DanChurchAid, the Child Fund Alliance, Denmark (Børnefonden) and Save the Children, Denmark.

    Find employment with companies engaging in fair trade, ecology and global trade, e.g. certification, labelling, purchasing and sales.

    The programme consists of three elements: Basic subjects, interdisciplinary courses and thesis.

    At the start of the programme, you will meet students from other universities. In small interdisciplinary groups, you work to solve a specific problem from a developing country.

    At a later point, you and your fellow students will participate in three weeks’ field work abroad. This might be, for example, the mountain areas of Thailand, where you collaborate with foreign students and educational institutions on how the local population reduces soil erosion through plantings in the area.

    The programme will provide you with scientific and practical knowledge about agricultural development, including the production of plants, livestock and fibres, about food processing and about food quality, economics and the environment.

    • Teaching on the MSc programme in Agricultural Development

    The teaching method varies between lectures, exercises, field work and project work. The language of instruction is English. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

    There is a well-established collaboration between the students and the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

    • The MSc programme in Agricultural Development also offers you the chance to study abroad.

    The thesis requires a three-month stay in a developing country where you will usually be attached to a local or international organisation.
    You decide the subject for your thesis, which is usually based on a specific problem.


    Program requirements

    The following bachelor's degree from University of Copenhagen qualify directly:Natural Resources (Naturressourcer)Food Science and Technology (Fødevarevidenskab)Horticultural Sciences (Hortonomi)Landscape Architecture (Landskabsarkitektur)Forest and Landscape Engineering (Skov- og Landskabsingeniør)Agricultural Economics (Jordbrugsøkonomi)Students with a bachelor's degree in one of the below-mentioned areas may be considered qualified for admission:From University of Copenhagen:Biology (Biologi)Biochemistry (Biokemi)Geography (Geografi)from Aarhus University:Biology (Biologi)Ethnography and Social AnthropologyStudents with a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in a field related to Agricultural Development or in the Social Sciences are also qualified as applicants.Language RequirementsTo 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:English is your native language. The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, accepts The University of Purdue view that citizens of the following countries are exempted from taking an English Language Proficiency exam: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales and United States of AmericaIf 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.Prior studies completed in the English language/in an English speaking country. For example, if you have studied your Bachelor degree in England you are not required to complete an English language proficiency exam. We ask such students to provide a signed statement from the Educational institution (with the institution's stamp on it) stating that English is the main language of instruction. Furthermore, applicants from Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.Applicants with English as their second language (except Scandinavians) must pass an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced English test before being admitted. The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, accepts the following tests and scores:IELTS-test (British Council) with a minimum score of 6.5Computer-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 213 pointsPaper-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 pointsInternet-based TOEFL-test with a min score of 83 pointsLanguage tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83

    The Faculty of Science will not be awarding any scholarships for the academic year 2014/2015.

    Please note that many scholarships are offered by companies or organisations, it can be worthwhile to research your particular options from your home country.

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