Nature Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)


MSc students of the Nature Management programme at the University of Copenhagen learn about management and sustainable development of nature and landscapes based on knowledge of biology, ecology, human needs and legislation related to nature and the environment.

Sustainable development involves combining nature and the environment with various interests and human needs for goods and services like food and timber, a clean environment and leisure in a planned and regulated way.

The two-year interdisciplinary MSc programme in Nature Management qualifies you to work with administration, management and planning in municipalities, ministries and agencies in Denmark, in the EU or internationally. It also qualifies you to work as a consultant in private companies or in NGO's. Or you can start a career in science and research.

Profile and Career

The main objective of the programme is to provide you with high level insight and knowledge to understand how and why human beings interfere with the environment and what consequences this interference might have. This involves knowledge about biological diversity, ecosystems and cultural landscapes as well as knowledge about the legal framework of nature management and the rationale behind national, European and global initiatives to conserve and manage nature and biodiversity.

The programme includes three general pillars:

  • Biology, ecology and the environment – you will get a sound basic knowledge of the most common nature types and important processes in the ecosystem as well as of ecosystem services, e.g. water, biodiversity, carbon storage and recreational options.
  • Management and regulation – you will learn about management and legislation within nature and the environment, providing you with the foundation for plans and projects in for example relation to regulation.
  • The human being as a player – you will gain insight in impact of human beings on landscape development and an understanding of the interests of various groups, including how conflicts can be avoided and resolved.

In the course of the study programme, you will also learn how to integrate the three areas and prepare sustainable overall solutions.

Career Opportunities

The programme offers many career opportunities, and you can work within a number of different areas.

You may find employment within public administration, for instance in municipalities, ministries or government agencies in Denmark, in the EU or internationally. In these public bodies, you may work with nature and planning at an overall strategic level or at a more operational level, for example as a project manager in a specific nature restoration project.

Other opportunities include working as a consultant in private companies, consultancy firms or NGOs. Furthermore, you may find work in international and supranational organisations with political and management-related tasks.

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

A compulsory thematic course will give you the basic understanding of the core academic subject areas in the programme.

In addition, you choose courses from a pool of restricted elective courses, thereby strengthening your specific profile.

Finally, it is possible to personalise your degree and to create a profile that suits your personal academic interests by choosing between many elective courses, including for example biodiversity and conservation, ecology, nature perception, environmental economics, environmental chemistry, international environmental management, conflict management and ecological restoration etc.

The MSc programme is concluded with a scientific project, the thesis, which takes 6 or 9 months and entitles graduates to the title Master of Science (MSc).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Regardless of what university you are enrolled at, you can - if you meet the language requirements - apply on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree that grants direct access or another relevant Bachelor’s degree.

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Nature Management.

  • BSc in Natural Resources from the University of Copenhagen
  • BSc in Biology from the University of Copenhagen
  • Landscape Architecture from the University of Copenhagen

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14780 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7390 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition fee for the MSc in Nature Management per semester: DKK 55,000

Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Faculty of Sciene has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. The scholarships are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The scolarships are granted to cover the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases both tuition fee and living expenses.

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