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Fall 2021

Program description

Masters in Food and Landscape

Future sustainable perspectives on food are based on a better understanding of the relationship between consumer and producer, cities and rural areas, where food comes from and how it is a part of our culture.

How is land exploited in rural areas and how is it used in towns and cities? Are there any new routes for communication between producers and consumers? How is food used and presented at different stages in the process?

This international programme will give you knowledge of the entire chain in close contact with different stakeholders, as well as tools for strategic planning, communication and advocacy for sustainable development. The programme is interdisciplinary and appropriate for students from many different domains, such as society, nature, technology, food, landscape, cultivation and agronomy

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the degree programme Food and Landscape (MSc), the following are required:

  • general entry requirement: first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.
  • specific entry requirement: specialisation comprising 90 credits in one of the following subjecs/disciplinary domains:
    - natural sciences
    - social sciences
    - technology
    - food and meal science.

The specific entry requirement can also be met by someone who has acquired equivalent knowledge through a corresponding qualification from abroad or in some other way.

In addition, knowledge equivalent of English 6 is required. According to a local SLU decision, this requirement is fulfilled by applicants who have a first-cycle degree (180 credits) from a Swedish university or have completed 120 credits at SLU. The English 6 requirement can also be obtained in other ways, more information is available at

For admission to the courses included in the programme, there are specific entry requirements for each course.

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Program content

This cross-disciplinary Master’s programme covers the relation between food, people and places as well as how urban and rural landscapes can be planned, designed and maintained from a sustainability perspective regarding the consumption and production of food. The programme combines the crossdisciplinary, synthesising and place-related approach of landscape architecture with the understanding of the role of food from a broad cultural and critical perspective that characterises the subject food studies. Students on the programme will have the opportunity to learn tools and methods for strategic planning, design, entrepreneurship, management and communication centred around the food landscape as a part of sustainable development, covering all aspects, from local to global. Also covered is communicating knowledge about how different types of production contribute to the added value of landscapes, using the broad competence available at SLU as a basis. The purpose is to take a holistic approach to the relation between food, people and the landscape and relate these aspects to the UN’s global development goals. 

During the first year, students acquire knowledge about the scientific scope that characterises the interface between landscape studies and the international, multidisciplinary subject food studies. The programme starts with an introductory course to create a knowledge base and an understanding of the relations between landscape, food and people/food culture and how this may be used in sustainable planning. This course (Foodscapes 1, Food Studies and Landscape) is made up of thematic weeks providing an overview of relevant themes such as meal history in parallel with landscape history, urban-rural relations and added values linked to food production. This is followed by courses where students specialise in production systems, agroecology, financial incentives, consumer behaviour and bases for planning as well as urban cultivation for social and other values. During year 2, progression increases through more problematisation in a globally focused course (Foodscapes 2, Critical Food Studies). This is followed by an applied project task in groups, with method studies and strategic solutions to food and landscape-related challenges. The programme concludes with a degree project which can consist of either cross-disciplinarily applied case studies or deepened theoretical studies of a food/landscape-related subject.

Different types of instruction are used on courses to promote student learning and creativity and provide students with tools for future professional situations. This is done through lectures, literature reviews, seminars, study visits, excursions, case studies, project work, design proposals, academic papers and a degree project. Models and methods that support knowledge acquisition are applied in practical course components reflecting different situations and are followed up by critical analysis and evaluation. Upon completion of the programme, students should have skills in collaboration, method choice and oral, written and visual communication. They will have a holistic view and be able to predict development to take on a project management role either individually or in large contexts. This Master's programme has clear links to current research and global issues, making graduates employable both nationally and internationally.

During their studies, students have the option of taking courses from other SLU degree programmes and other higher education institutions in Sweden and abroad.

The programme is taught in English.

Courses on the programme

Main fields of study:

  • Food studies (FS)
  • Agricultural science (LB)
  • Biological sciences (BI)
  • Landscape architecture (LK)
  • Horticultural science (TD)

Scholarships & funding

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Tuition fees

This Master's programme has clear links to current research and global issues, making graduates employable both nationally and internationally.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme has clear links to current research and global issues, making graduates employable both nationally and internationally.

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SLU is a world-class international university focusing on the very foundations of our existence: clean water, a living landscape, sustainable food production, high standards of animal welfare and sustainable cities. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they...

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