Livelihoods and Governance – University of Copenhagen

Livelihoods and Governance

Livelihoods and Governance is a specialisation of the MSc in Agricultural Development.

This emphasizes people’s livelihoods and environmental resources, and the governance links between these. The specialization is oriented towards social science theories and concepts related to analysing and understanding challenges at the nexus of agriculture, livelihoods, and governance at local and household levels. Students will  learn a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques and learn to analyse and interpret different forms of data to generate consistent conclusions. This includes  the ability to apply principles, theories, and frameworks to case studies and critically engage in research and debates related to local development and environmental resource governance.

Livelihoods and Governance consists of a number of compulsory courses, elective courses and restricted elective courses during the first year. The amount of elective courses depends on the size of your thesis (30 or 45 ECTS points).

  • Compulsory courses – 37.5 ECTS-points
  • Restricted elective courses – 22,5 ECTS-points
  • Elective courses – 15 or 30 ECTS-points
  • Thesis – 30 or 45 ECTS-points

The thesis must be based on at least two months of field work in the Global South or countries with economies in transition.

The programme structure is shown below. Please note that the suggested block placement of restricted elective and elective courses is not mandatory. The placement depends on the courses chosen.

Programme structure, thesis 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1
Practising Interdisciplinarity Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management
Year 2
Research Planning Thesis

Programme structure, thesis 30 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1
Practising Interdisciplinarity Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management
Year 2
Research Planning 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.