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Masters in Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021

Program description

Masters in Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

The ongoing urbanisation poses major challenges for the development of urban and rural landscapes. Within landscape architecture we work with these, our living spaces, and how they are planned, designed and managed for future generations.

The Master's programme is located at SLU's campus in Uppsala, one of Sweden's oldest university cities and close to Sweden's capital, Stockholm. It is primarily for those who are interested in sustainable urban-rural perspectives, who are problem solving-oriented and who want to deepen their knowledge of and skills in the field of landscape architecture's more large-scale developments. Theoretical and practical components prepare you and equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop creative and current theoretical knowledge and positions. Real-life project assignments are obtained mainly from Sweden and the region, but contents of theory and method are international and current in character. Study trips in Europe occur and courses are taught in English.

The programme leads to a Master's degree in landscape architecture and makes use of courses, resources and development opportunities available on the SLU campus. First and foremost, you are studying with students on the Landscape Architect professional programme offered by the Department of Urban and Rural Development. There is also the possibility to study courses at SLU's campus Alnarp in southern Sweden, including the Master's programme in Landscape Architecure. The two programmes are strategically located in two of Sweden's most vital and expansive regions, and together they represent Europe's largest combined concentration of educational competence in landscape architecture.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master’s programme, the requirements are a Bachelor´s degree (undergraduate cycle) corresponding to a minimum of 180 credits, including 90 credits specialisation in one of the following subjects/educational areas:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Planning
  • Built Environment*
  • Design*
  • Spatial Planning*
  • Geography*
  • Landscape Science*
  • Environmental Science*
  • Civil Engineering*

For subjects/teaching areas marked * a portfolio must also be submitted. The submitted portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the subject area – has the student worked on issues within landscape architecture?
  • Level of knowledge – has the student formulated the task in a relevant theoretical context?
  • Skills – has the student demonstrated an ability to formulate the task in a comprehensible way in text or pictures?

If the portfolio meets the above criteria, the applicant is deemed as qualified, and is considered to have the ability to profit by the education. The assessment of the portfolio is made by the Programme board for educations within landscape and horticulture.

Alternatively, one of the following professional degrees must have been obtained:
‐ Degree of Master of Science in Landscape Architecture, Degree of Master of Science in Architecture or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Landscape Construction and Management.

The requirements for special eligibility as stated above can also be fulfilled by those who have equivalent knowledge through a foreign degree or if equivalent knowledge has been obtained in another way.

In addition, knowledge corresponding to English 6 (Swedish secondary school) is required. This is according to a local SLU decision fulfilled by those who have a degree comprising at least 180 credits at first cycle level from a Swedish higher educational institute or 120 credits completed studies at SLU. English 6 can also be achieved in other ways, which are specified on the University Admissions in Sweden website.

For admission to the courses included in the program, the requirements for special qualifications are stated in the syllabus for each individual course.

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Program content

This Master's programme includes courses in the history of landscape architecture, theory, methodology and interdisciplinary studio courses with landscape and urban development perspectives, including those with an ecological focus and management of culturally valuable landscapes. The courses are led by researchers and teachers with solid professional experience based on current science, with an artistic foundation and proven experience. You will meet several professionals working with these issues.

You practice space and landscape analysis, develop previously acquired knowledge in digital visual presentation tools and deepen your ability to work in projects. You develop your analytical and creative abilities in real-life landscape projects focusing on a holistic perspective, and you have the opportunity to learn GIS and geographic analysis.

The open structure of the programme also enables individual study plans for those who wish to study other courses at SLU or other universities.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:

First instalment: 90 000 SEK 
Total programme: 360 000 SEK


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in landscape architecture.

Career opportunities

In combination with previous education, this programme provides a unique individual profile for future work on landscape and urban development issues in society. We are convinced that the sustainable society of the future needs people with landscaping skills and the ability to describe, analyse and propose complex spatial solutions. Depending on your country's professional certification guidelines, you may work in municipalities or consultancy companies. You will compete with landscape architects, architects and planners. The programme is also a good foundation for a future career in research.

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