Programme Structure - MSc in Agricultural Development – University of Copenhagen

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Programme Structure

The programme consists of compulsory courses, elective and restricted elective courses. The teaching methods varies between lectures, exercises, field work and project work. The language of instruction is English. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

At the start of the programme, you will take a methods course, widening your toolbox and introducing sampling strategies, triangulation and stratification. Meanwhile, you select restricted elective courses from a list of development oriented disciplinary courses in order to compose your own study track.

Read about the different study tracks available

At a later point, you and your fellow students will participate in three weeks’ field work abroad. This might be, for example, the mountain areas of Thailand, where you collaborate with local students and educational institutions in a problem based case study on resource use, agriculture and livelihoods.

The programme will provide you with scientific and practical knowledge about agricultural development, including the production of plants, livestock and fibres, about food processing and about food quality, economics and the environment.

Do a Project in Practice or study abroad

You may choose to use some of your elective courses to do a project in practice in collaboration with a company or an organisation. You can also choose to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time.


The programme is completed with a thesis, which takes approximately nine months. Your title will be MSc in Agricultural Development. The thesis requires a three-month stay in a developing country where you will usually be attached to a local or international organisation. You decide the subject for your thesis, which is usually based on a specific problem.

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Qualitative Methods in Agricultural Development Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management Agricultural Value Chains in Developing Countries
Year 2 Thesis

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.