Water and Environment

Master (2 years) of Science in Water and Environment, 120 ECTS
Agriculture and environment

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus Sino-Danish Center, Beijing, China
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The two-year MSc programme in Water and Environment enables you to work professionally with the sustainable use and management of the world's freshwater resources. The programme takes place in China, near Beijing.

As a student of Water and Environment you will start with courses in the basic disciplines of hydrology, freshwater ecology, applied statistics, nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry, contaminants and ecotoxicology, methods in numerical decision systems and modelling.

In the second semester you will take more specific solution-oriented courses such as water pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, geospatial ecology, urban water management, global change and integrated catchment modelling.

Read more about the structure of the programme.

Career Opportunities  

With an MSc in Water and Environment you can work within research, administration, consultancy, and project management. Through employment in, for example:
  • Engineering consultancy companies
  • Manufacturing companies, including companies that manufacture environmental technology products
  • Ministries and public administration institutions that set the political framework for the regulation of water and environment and carry out supervisory tasks
  • Educational institutions
  • Research institutions and companies
  • International organisations
  • Food and pharmaceutical companies
  • Professional agricultural organisations, including consultancy firms
You can contribute to reducing and preventing water pollution, promoting sustainable use of water, protecting the environment, improving the state of aquatic ecosystems and alleviating the effects of floods and droughts.


To be admitted to the MSc programme in Water and Environment, you must have:
  • A successfully completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or higher in a natural science field such as Agricultural Science, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or Natural Resources. The Bachelor’s degree must as a minimum include basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and statistics.
  • High-level English language proficiency.
The following BSc programmes give direct access to the MSc programme in Water and Environment:
  • BSc in Natural Resources, specialisation in Environmental Science
  • BSc in Biology
  • BSc in Biotechnology
  • BSc in Agriculture, Food and the Environment, specialisation in Agriculture and the Environment
  • BSc in Geology
  • BSc in Environmental Technology
In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of University of Copenhagen.

Application takes place through an online application portal to find out how and when to apply, please go to this page

If you have any questions regarding the Water and Environment programme please contact China-cooordinator Vibe Aarøe Drostgaard at or call her on  +45 35320413.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA, or from Switzerland. 

Further information

Read more about the MSc programme in Water and Environment which takes place in China

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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

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Non-EU/EEA students

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Sino-Danish Center, Beijing, China


The Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is a joint project on education and research between the eight Danish universities, the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). 

Sino-Danish Center is located at UCAS' Zhongguancun Campus, centrally located in Beijing.

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