Urban Landscape Engineer

The Urban Landscape Engineer programme is a professional Bachelor’s degree programme for students wanting to work with green urban areas at an expert level. The programme includes practical and theoretical content, and the teaching takes place both in the classroom and outdoors.

Urban Landscape Engineer

Good job prospects

Qualifying as an urban landscape engineer gives you a professional and creative profile with a strong integration of vocational and academic skills. You learn to work creatively, take the initiative and to assume financial responsibility.

As an urban landscape engineer, you can apply for jobs with:

  • Engineering firms
  • Contractors and construction companies
  • Private landscape architects
  • The state, for example the Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties, the Danish Road Directorate and the Danish Nature Agency
  • Local authorities – for example environment and planning departments
  • Housing associations
  • Cemetery administrations
  • Horticultural societies

Working as an urban landscape engineer, you will often have HR responsibilities and be responsible for project managing development projects or financially responsible for large urban landscaping projects as well as the maintenance of green metropolitan areas such as parks, sports facilities, avenues and street trees, squares and open spaces, roof gardens and green roofs, urban nature, playgrounds and cemeteries.

Programme structure

On the study programme, you will become acquainted with exciting subjects to do with plants, management, finance, creativity, climate and technology. You will be taught by skilled and committed lecturers and instructors, and a good balance between theory and practice creates a diverse study environment with equal focus on hands-on and minds-on activities.


The programme includes two internships. This will give you the opportunity to tackle real-life problems and tasks similar to those normally handled by urban landscape engineers, in the process acquiring valuable work experience that will make the transition from studying to your future job smoother and more targeted.

A school in the woods

By far the most of your study period will be spent at the Forest College (Skovskolen) which is scenically located in Gribskov woods next to Esrum Lake north of Hillerød. There are frequent excursions to companies or when we carry out assignments or other exercises in the open as part of the course. A number of short-term practical courses take place at Roskilde Technical School. In addition, individual course days may be held at Frederiksberg Campus, University of Copenhagen.

Live in the countryside

Forest College students are able to rent a room with a kitchenette and Internet access. You also have access to a sports hall, outdoor equipment, library and a canteen which serves healthy, tasty meals. At the college, there is also every opportunity to pursue your hobbies – indoors and out. There is an hourly bus service between the Forest College and Hillerød.

Enrolment on urban landscape engineer programme

Qualified applicants have:

  • Completed upper secondary education (STX, HF, HTX, HHX) or a foreign examination which is comparable to a Danish upper secondary examination
  • A vocational education as a skilled forest and landscape craftsman, landscape gardener, production gardener, greenhouse gardener, greenkeeper or qualified farmer

All applicants must have passed subjects at the following levels:

  • Danish A
  • Mathematics B
  • English C as well as
  • Biology or Chemistry B or Biotechnology A

Application deadline

5 July (quota 1) and 15 March (quota 2)

Study start

Every year in September

Information and student counselling

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (Forest and Landscape College) Britt Majgård, student counselling studievejledning_administration@ign.ku.dk

Roskilde Technical School (Vilvorde) Andreas Daneholm-Eliasen, student counsellor
ade@rts.dk, tel.: +45 4630 0400

You are also welcome to drop into the Forest College for a guided tour and a chat to see whether the Urban Landscape Engineer programme is for you.

Read more about the programme in Danish

The Urban Landscape Engineer programme is offered by Zealand Institute of Business and Technology (Erhvervsakademi Sjælland) in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (Forest and Landscape College) at the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde Technical School, Vilvorde.