MSc in Water and Environment

General information

The MSc programme in Water and Environment enables you to work professionally with the sustainable use and management of the world's freshwater resources. The programme takes place in Beijing China.

The programme is offered in English.

As a student of Water and Environment you will start with courses in the basic disciplines of hydrology, freshwater ecology, applied statistics, nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry, contaminants and ecotoxicology, methods in numerical decision systems and modelling.

In the second semester you will take more specific solution-oriented courses such as water pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, geospatial ecology, urban water management, global change and integrated catchment modelling.

The programme thus brings together essential courses that equip you to make well-informed decisions in respect to the aquatic environment, land use and ecology.

The MSc programme in Water and Environment will take place in Beijing, China.

In 2015/6, teaching takes place in Beijing. From 2017, activities will take place in the House of the Danish Industry Foundation located on UCAS' Yanqihu Campus in Huairou District, 60 km northeast of Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Areas of focus

  • hydrology and water resources
  • freshwater ecology and eutrophication
  • biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling and contaminants
  • hydrogeology and groundwater protection
  • hydro-eco-informatics and catchment modelling
  • water treatment and nutrient reuse
  • ecosystem restoration, mitigation and adaptations
  • sustainable land use and management
  • planning and governance
Learning outcome:

Water resources are under increasing pressure from overuse and pollution, intensified by population growth and climate change. Finding ways to secure sufficient supplies of water of a quality suitable for drinking and agricultural production while ensuring the stability of ecosystems is crucial.

Competence Description. The two-year MSc programme in Water and Environment will prepare graduates to work professionally with the challenges of:

  • reducing and preventing water pollution
  • promoting sustainable use of water
  • protecting the environment
  • improving the state of water ecosystems
  • reducing the effects of floods and drought

The demand for this competence profile is increasing worldwide and you will have the option of working internationally.

Career Opportunities. With an MSc in Water and Environment you can work within research, administration, consultancy, and project management. Through employment in, for example:

  • Engineering consultancy companies
  • Manufacturing companies, including companies that manufacture environmental technology products
  • Ministries and public administration institutions that set the political framework for the regulation of water and environment and carry out supervisory tasks
  • Educational institutions
  • Research institutions and companies
  • International organisations
  • Food and pharmaceutical companies
  • Professional agricultural organisations, including consultancy firms

you can contribute to reducing and preventing water pollution, promoting sustainable use of water, protecting the environment, improving the state of aquatic ecosystems and alleviating the effects of floods and droughts.

Contact Person: Vibe Aarøe Drostgaard (China-cooordinator) ( )


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0521 - Ecology", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0511 - Biology", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: Chinese University University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

In 2014/5, teaching takes place in Beijing. From 2016, activities will take place in the House of the Danish Industry Foundation located on UCAS' Yanqihu Campus in Huairou District, 60 km northeast of Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

The Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) is a joint research and education project between eight Danish universities, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, the Chinese University University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS ) and the Chinese research institute Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The overall aim of SDC is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese research and education for the benefit of both countries. SDC offers seven master programs in China. 

The Danish SDC Secretariat is located in Aarhus.


Open from
1 Feb 2017 to 1 Apr 2017


Danish and EU/EEA-students enrolled at a full Danish Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master programme or a Danish supplementary course in connection to a Danish Bachelor or Danish professional bachelor programme are exempted from paying tuition. Students who do not fulfill the conditions above, will be required to pay tuition to attend a SDC Master's Programme.

Tuition fee for the MSc in Water and Environment per semester: 20.000 DKK


To be admitted to the MSc programme in Water and Environment, you must have:

  • A successfully completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or higher in a natural science field such as Agricultural Science, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or Natural Resources. The Bachelor’s degree must as a minimum include basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and statistics.
  • High-level English language proficiency.

The following BSc programmes give direct access to the MSc programme in Water and Environment:

  • BSc in Natural Resources, specialisation in Environmental Science
  • BSc in Biology
  • BSc in Biotechnology
  • BSc in Agriculture, Food and the Environment, specialisation in Agriculture and the Environment
  • BSc in Geology
  • BSc in Environmental Technology

According to national legislation in China, Chinese citizens cannot apply for admission to Water and Environment through a Danish university. Instead, Chinese Citizens must apply for admission through University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Language requierements can be found here

Application Procedure:

The application is carried out via  the Online Application Portal. You need to prepare your relevant documentations and upload them on the application portal:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree;
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma;
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme;
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé;
  • A photocopy of your passport;
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers). 

Application Deadline: 1st April


Application Procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  1. Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  2. Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  4. From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee. 
  7. You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  8. Study start 1 September.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  1. Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  2. Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  4. From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 April your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee:
    • All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 1 May
  7. If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received yourtuition fee payment.
  8. 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.
    Read University of Copenhagen general information on Residence Permit.

Grant Opportunities:

Danish citizens and other nationalities equated with Danish citizens who are required to pay tuition may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover their tuition.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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