Profile and Career - MSc in Agricultural Development – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

The two-year MSc programme in Agricultural Development combines a scientific approach to problems in developing countries with a broader social understanding of the conditions for development. The programme includes solid methodological and field based training. 

The study programme allows you to specialise within crops and foods, forestry and natural resource management, food science, animal husbandry, nutrition or development economics.

Which competences will I acquire?

As a graduate in Agricultural Development and an expert on development, you are, among other things, able to:

  • provide a detailed account and critical evaluation of current research theories in connection with sustainable use and management of natural resources in developing countries.
  • distinguish critically between sustainable and livelihood-related issues in connection with the use of natural resources.
  • carry out research, advisory and policy-related activities within agricultural development.
  • identify and analyse research issues and communicate these to the general public.

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, the UN’s environment and agriculture organisations UNEP and FAO or the EU.
  • work within research in Denmark or at an international research institution, e.g. at universities, CGIAR institutions and government research institutions.
  • work in a private company dealing with tropical foods and environment.
  • find employment with one of the many organisations focusing on developing countries. Recent graduates from the programme are, for example, working with the Red Cross, Fairtrade, CARE, DanChurchAid, and Save the Children, Denmark.
  • find employment with companies engaging in fair trade, ecology and global trade, e.g. certification, labelling, purchasing and sales.

Read about the Programme Structure