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