Specialisations - Production and Environment – University of Copenhagen

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Production and Environment

In the specialisation Production and Environment you work with production systems, both in the field and in protected cultivation. Your focus is on designing and managing economically viable and environmentally sound production systems, aiming for wise use of natural resources, biodiversity protection and the provision of ecological services. The major focus is on agricultural and horticultural systems in the European natural and regulatory context. In the compulsory course in the end of the first year you collaborate with a partner enterprise in food production.

Study programme

The programme includes the following elements:

  • Two compulsory courses (22,5 ECTS)
  • Restricted elective courses of 45 or 30 ECTS depending on thesis size
  • Elective courses of 22,5 ECTS
  • A thesis of 30 or 45 ECTS

The compulsory courses

In the compulsory course "Advanced Crop Production" in the first block of the programme you work with the improvement of crop production within modern cropping systems, mainly in temperate areas of the world. The course includes visits to Danish case farms with access to detailed farm data which enables you to analyze the complex, real-life problems within crop production.

The intensive course "European Farm and Food Systems" in the end of year 1 brings together the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses, in a three week field work where you go off campus and engage in a real-life case (e.g. a large vegetable producer). You learn to employ a structured work process to identify potential areas of improvement through interactions with key stakeholders. The teaching and learning environment is characterized by being experiental (learning by doing) and interactive (involving stakeholders).

Restricted elective courses

These are key courses which you select from the list of courses in the curriculum. A Project in Practice can be included as a credit activity.

Elective courses

The elective courses allow you to create your own academic and professional profile. You can choose courses which either deepen or broaden your competencies. Courses can be followed either at SCIENCE, at one of the other faculties at the University of Copenhagen or at other Danish and international universities.

Master thesis

You complete your programme with a thesis which is your opportunity to work for six or nine months (30 or 45 ECTS credits) on an issue or a scientific problem. The thesis often involves independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. It can be carried out in collaboration with a research group or with external partners, e.g. firms, public partners or organisations with proposals for problems to which solutions are needed. 

Programme structure (thesis 30 ECTS, full time):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Crop Production European Farm and Food Systems
Year 2 Thesis

 One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks.

Programme structure (thesis 45 ECTS, part time):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Crop Production European Farm and Food Systems
Year 2 Thesis
Thesis

 One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks.

Programme structure (thesis 45 ECTS, full time):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Crop Production European Farm and Food Systems
Year 2 Thesis

 One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks.

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

The placement of elective and restricted elective courses shown in the diagram above is an example – the actual placement will vary depending on the courses chosen.

Restricted elective courses

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