MSc in Water and Environment

General information

Water and Environment is a two-year MSc programme focusing on four main areas in four modules:

  • Module 1: Hydrology, Freshwater Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • Module 2: Pollutants and Pollution Control
  • Module 3: Statistics, Modelling and Global Change
  • Module 4: Integrated Water Management and Legislation

During the first year of the programme you follow courses related to each of the four modules (as shown in the programme structure below). The courses provides you with knowledge and competencies in basic disciplines such as hydrology, freshwater ecology, statistics and nutrients management. Additionally, you will follow more specific solution-oriented courses such as water pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, water management and computer modelling of future scenarios regarding water resources and water quality.

Thus, the programme gives you the competencies to make informed decisions regarding the aquatic environment, land use and ecology. The courses also prepare you for the 12 months of independent experimental thesis work in the second year of the programme.

All courses and coursework will be conducted in English.

The teaching is organised in small, exclusive classes in alternation with intensive, practical exercises and excursions over 2-3 days. You will also do joint projects drawing on courses offered in the same semester. These activities ensure a high level of learning and let you apply research and investigative methods in practice as well as theory.

On completion of the MSc programme you will be awarded the title Master of Science (MSc) in Water and Environment.

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: Michala Yun-Joo Schlichtkrull (


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

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


Venue: Chinese University University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
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.

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
16 Jan 2020 to 1 Mar 2020


Danish and EU/EØS-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.

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.

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

Please note that tuition fees are not refunded after 1 August (1 month before study start). After this date only a failed visa application will result in the refund of your tuition fee.


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.

Qualifying degree and other courses/projects

When we assess whether you meet the admission requirements for the Master's degree program, Danish legislation only allows us to assess your Bachelor's degree. Consequently, you cannot study supplementary courses between Bachelor's and Master's degree programs to meet the  admission requirements.

If you have passed courses/projects before you complete the qualifying Bachelor's degree, these can be included in the assessment, even though they are not part of the Bachelor's degree program.

  • It applies to courses/projects you have taken as single subjects and courses/projects you have taken as part of another study program.
  • A maximum of 30 ECTS credits of these courses/projects may be included.

Language requirements

Unless you hold a Bachelor's degree from a Danish University, you are required to document proficiency in English according to your background; see the language requirements.

Application Procedure:

Applicants with citizenship from outside EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of 750 DKK (approx. 100 EUR) when applying for one or more Master’s degree programmes. Click here for exemptions and further information. The fee will be deducted from the tuition fee if the application is successful.

Application Procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  1. Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  2. Contact SCIENCE Student Servicex if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your relevant documentation (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  4. From 16 January to 1 March you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 March (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 March application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee. 
  7. You will receive a response no later than 15 May.
  8. Study start is 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 documentation (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  4. From 16 January to 1 March you can send your application through
  5. We must receive your application no later than 1 March (Fall Semester).
  6. After 1 March your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee:
  7. If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.

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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