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Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)

Master (2 years) of of Science in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus), 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 2000 EUR
Erasmus Yes

Please note: University of Copenhagen does not admit students to this programme in 2018


As an MSc in Sustainable Development in Agriculture, you will work with all critical aspects of agriculturally related development activities, from soil fertility management to rural livelihood strategies in the developing countries.

During the two-year MSc programme, you focus on many different aspects of agricultural development, from the development of cropping systems and sustainable food systems to the increase of livestock prodution. The preservation of natural resources, especially land, water, forests and biodiversity is also a key element in the programme.

The learning approach is field-oriented, and you will obtain skills in techniques for collecting data under different conditions combined with training in the research process.

About the degree

Sustainable Development in Agriculture is part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme. It is offered by a consortium of six European universities: Wageningen University and Research Centre, University of Cork, Universiy of Catania, Universidad Polytécnica de Madrid, Montpellier SupAgro and University of Copenhagen. You are required to study at two of these universities of your choice and depending on which academic profile you want

Career Opportunities  

The Agris Mundus programme qualifies you to many different jobs internationally as well as in Denmark. Some graduates find employment in development or food organisations such as UNEP, FAO or Danida here in Denmark.

Others find jobs in organisations working with developing countries, such as Red Cross, CARE, DCA or Children's Fund. You can also do research work within UN environmental and agricultural organisations, or at international research institutions and universities.

Your qualifications are also in demand by the private sector, e.g. companies involved in fair trade, ecology and global trade, such as certification, labeling, purchasing and sales.

Career testimonials written by former Agris Mundus students can be found on the Agris Mundus website:


Every year, there are two rounds of academic admission. Academic admission refers to the right to follow the course, after a review of the academic background and professional project of the applicant. Candidates may be admitted even though they are not selected for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
You can apply for academic admission either at Round 1 (between October and January) or at Round 2 (between March and May), but Erasmus Mundus scholarships are only offered at Round 1. Be aware that an application can be considered only once a year: if you have applied for the first round without success, there is no possibility that your application will be considered again at the second round.

The minimum admission criteria are the same for all students irrespective of their country of origin or of the training track they apply for: 
  1. Bachelor of Sciences (180 ECTS) or equivalent in Agricultural sciences or a BA in Social Sciences if the candidate can demonstrate a particular interest for agriculture;
  2. Verified excellent quality of the institution where this last degree was obtained;
  3. Excellent academic background with marks identifying the candidate among the 20% best students of his former studies (1st class or 2nd class with honours);
  4. Strongly convincing letter of motivation and 2 letters of support from referees.
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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students the size of which depends upon whether you are a citizen from the EU/EAA/Switzerland or not. 

Agris mundus scholarships

There are two kinds of Erasmus Mundus scholarships, both offered at Round 1 and depending of your nationality and whether you have been living in Europe or not in the recent past. There is no allocation of scholarships in Round 2.

Read about the criterias for scholarships allocation

Further Information

Read more about the programme at the Agris Mundus homepage 

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Round 1 - all nationalities, possible scholarship funding

Application date
Feb 06
Start date
Sep 01

Round 2 - all nationalities, no scholarship funding

Application date
May 24
Start date
Sep 01

Frederiksberg Campus


The Frederiksberg Campus houses part of the Faculty of Science with areas of studies including natural and biosciences as well as part of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, including the University Hospital for Companion Animals. It is located a few kilometres west of the city centre in beautiful green surroundings. Frederiksberg is a popular residential area. The Frederiksberg Campus area includes beautful gardens with many facilities for students, including a student-run café in an old greenhouse.

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