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MSc in Water and Environment

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


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Water and Environment is a two-year MSc programme focusing on four main areas in four modules:

  • Module 1: Hydrology, Freshwater Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • Module 2: Pollutants and Pollution Control
  • Module 3: Statistics, Modelling and Global Change
  • Module 4: Integrated Water Management and Legislation

During the first year of the programme you follow courses related to each of the four modules (as shown in the programme structure below). The courses provides you with knowledge and competencies in basic disciplines such as hydrology, freshwater ecology, statistics and nutrients management. Additionally, you will follow more specific solution-oriented courses such as water pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, water management and computer modelling of future scenarios regarding water resources and water quality.

Thus, the programme gives you the competencies to make informed decisions regarding the aquatic environment, land use and ecology. The courses also prepare you for the 12 months of independent experimental thesis work in the second year of the programme.

All courses and coursework will be conducted in English.

The teaching is organised in small, exclusive classes in alternation with intensive, practical exercises and excursions over 2-3 days. You will also do joint projects drawing on courses offered in the same semester. These activities ensure a high level of learning and let you apply research and investigative methods in practice as well as theory.

On completion of the MSc programme you will be awarded the title Master of Science (MSc) in Water and Environment.

Application procedure

Applicants with citizenship from outside EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of 750 DKK (approx. 100 EUR) when applying for one or more Master’s degree programmes. Click here for exemptions and further information. The fee will be deducted from the tuition fee if the application is successful.

Application Procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  1. Make sure to check the admission requirements
  2. Contact (link is external)SCIENCE Student Servicex if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your relevant documentation (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  4. From 16 January to 1 March you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 March (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 March application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee. 
  7. You will receive a response no later than 15 May.
  8. Study start is 1 September.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  1. Make sure to check the programme admission requirements
  2. Contact (link is external)SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your relevant documentation (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  4. From 16 January to 1 March you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 March (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 March your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee:
  7. If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.

Grant opportunities

Danish citizens and other nationalities equated with Danish citizens who are required to pay tuition may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover their tuition.

Learning outcomes

Water resources are under increasing pressure from overuse and pollution, intensified by population growth and climate change. Finding ways to secure sufficient supplies of water of a quality suitable for drinking and agricultural production while ensuring the stability of ecosystems is crucial.

Competence Description

The two-year MSc programme in Water and Environment will prepare graduates to work professionally with the challenges of:

  • reducing and preventing water pollution
  • promoting sustainable use of water
  • protecting the environment
  • improving the state of water ecosystems
  • reducing the effects of floods and drought

The demand for this competence profile is increasing worldwide and you will have the option of working internationally.


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

According to national legislation in China, Chinese citizens cannot apply for admission to Water and Environment through a Danish university. Instead, Chinese Citizens must apply for admission through University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

ISCED Categories

Beleid en bestuur
Conservatie en milieumanagement
Mariene Geologie
Wetenschappelijke modellering