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Innovative and sustainable solutions

Worldwide freshwater resources are under pressure due to overuse, pollution and climate change. It is crucial to find ways to secure sustainable supplies of water of a quality suitable for drinking, agricultural production and other purposes, while at the same time ensuring the stability of ecosystems. The Master’s programme in water and environment focuses on the growing need for innovative and sustainable solutions and better water management systems.

The Chinese government and industry are investing heavily in sustainable water management strategies and research in order to combat China’s vast water challenges. With a Master’s degree in water and environment in China, you get a unique understanding of these complex and large scale issues.

You gain expertise in efficient water use in biological production, pollutant fate and control, water treatment technology and recycling, and strategies for the restoration of freshwater systems for sustainable development.

The teaching is organised in small, exclusive classes alternating with intensive theoretical and practical exercises. You also do joint projects which draw 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 degree you receive the titles Master of Science in Water and Environment from the University of Copenhagen and Master of Environmental Science from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Semesters

The first semester consists of two modules.

Module 1
The focus is to give a general introduction to the main content and theoretical background of the programme. You take the following courses:

• Hydrology
• Freshwater ecology
• Biogeochemistry

Module 2
This module introduces you to the fate and processes of contaminants, the current status of soil and water pollution and the techniques for pollution control and water treatments. You take the following courses:

• Contaminants – fate and processes
• Soil and groundwater pollution
• Pollution control and water treatment
The second semester consists of two modules.

Module 3
In this module, you acquire the necessary tools to deal with data analysis and processing related to water and environment research at different scales in the context of global change. You take the following courses:

• Statistics
• Integrated catchment modelling
• Geospatial ecology
• Global change

Module 4
The focus of this module is integrating the knowledge gained from earlier modules and its applications in the management of water resources in different systems including the policies and legislations. You take the following courses:

• Freshwater ecosystem management
• Agricultural water and nutrients management
• Urban water management
• Water policies and legislation
On the water and environment programme, you spend a full year on specialised independent experimental Master’s thesis work. You have both Chinese and Danish supervisors for your thesis project.

The research work related to your thesis is conducted at institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences located in different provinces of China.

While working on your Master’s thesis, you have the opportunity to conduct research in different parts of China and possibly in cooperation with industry. You may start with a two-month internship in a company if the work is related closely to your thesis subject.

It is also possible to conduct the whole thesis project in the company if a local project supervisor is available and the thesis contract is signed.

Career

The Master’s programme in water and environment gives you knowledge and competencies in fundamental disciplines such as hydrology, freshwater ecology, statistics and nutrients management.

You acquire the necessary tools to work in a solution-oriented manner with issues such as water pollution control, soil and groundwater remediation, water management and computer modelling of future scenarios regarding water resources and water quality.

A degree in water and environment prepares you to work in a wide variety of fields, for example:
• Engineering consultancy companies
• Manufacturing companies, including companies that manufacture environmental technology products
• Educational and research institutions and companies
• International organisations
• Food and pharmaceutical companies
• Ministries and government that set the political framework for the regulation of water and environment

Admission

You apply through the University of Copenhagen. To find out if you are qualified go to ku.dk. Deadline is 1 April.

Tuition

Tuition is 40 000 RMB a year. Please read the following carefully to see if you have to pay tuition to attend the programme.

Danish citizens

You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled at a Danish university. However, you may be eligible to receive the Danish “Udlandsstipendium” to cover your tuition fee. To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen. Most Danish citizens will be eligible.

You do NOT have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are enrolled at a Danish University – either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course in connection to a Danish Bachelor or Danish professional bachelor programme.

Non-EU citizens

For all non-EU citizens the tuition fee for all MSc programmes at SDC is
40,000 RMB a year.



EU/EØS citizens

You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled as a student at a Danish university either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or supplementary courses.
However, if you are equated with Danish citizens, who are required to pay tuition, you may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover tuition.
To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen (The Danish Education Support Agency) for more information.

You do not have to pay tuition if at the time of application are enrolled at a full Danish Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course.


Contact current student

If you are curious about what it is like to study Water and Environment at SDC, you are welcome to contact current student Cecilie Arent at ceciliearent@gmail.com

Heads of the Educational Programme

Danish Head of Water and Environment
Associate Professor Fulai Liu
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Chinese Head of Water and Environment
Professor Xianfang Song
Institute of Gegraphic Sciences and Natural Resources Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences