Agricultural Development

Master (2 years) of Science in Agricultural Development, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7300 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The two-year MSc programme in Agricultural Development  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
  • environmental and natural ressource management.
The MSc programme combines a scientific approach to problem solving with the social understanding of the conditions for development.

The programme includes solid methodological and field based training that allows you to work with such diverse issues 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.

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, UNEP, FAO, 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 working with the Red Cross, CARE, DanChurchAid, the Child Fund Alliance (Denmark) and Save the Children (Denmark)
  • Find employment with companies engaging in fair trade, ecology and global trade, e.g. certification, labelling, purchasing and sales.

About the Degree

The MSc in Agricultural Development is studied at Faculty of Science (SCIENCE for short) at University of Copenhagen. SCIENCE is Denmark’s largest science research and education institution and part of University of Copenhagen which is ranked among the ten best universities in Europe.  

The MSc programme in Agricultural Development allows you to choose among many different profiles or specilisations: Plant Production, Human Nutrition, Tropical Forestry, Development Economics, Animal Husbandry, Food Science and Environmental Protection.

Read more about the specialisations

Read more about the Programme Structure.


Students with a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in a field related to Agricultural Development are qualified as applicants, as well as students with certain other degrees from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen. Please see the specific admission requirements for the Agricultural Development programme here.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.

Read about the language requirements.   

Apply with all relevant documentation 
using the online application portal.
Please read more about application.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of Copenhagen directly at the following mail address:

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EAA, or Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

Further Information

Read more about the two-year MSc programme in Agricultural Development and student life at Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), University of Copenhagen.

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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

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

Application date
Mar 01
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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