Masters in Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Masters in Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

About this program

MSc in Landscape Architecture

Would you like to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of landscape architecture's more large-scale developments? Then this is the Master’s programme for you.

Urbanisation poses major challenges for the development of urban and rural landscapes and how they are planned, designed and managed for future generations. Welcome to a Master’s programme that alternates theory and project work giving you the opportunity to incorporate sustainable urban design into theoretical and practical aspects of landscape architecture.  

Based at the campus in Uppsala, the programme attracts students from all over the world interested in sustainable urban-rural perspectives. Real-life landscape architecture project assignments are primarily obtained from Sweden and the surrounding region, but contents of theory and method are international and current in character and you will also be able to participate in trips to study landscape architecture in Europe.  

You will be studying together with students from other programmes and you will also have the opportunity to study courses at SLU's Alnarp campus in southern Sweden. 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. 

As a Master’s graduate you will have a unique profile for future employment dealing with landscape and urban development issues in society and will be able to work with other landscape planners and architects in municipalities or consultancy companies. The programme also gives you a sound foundation for a future career in research.

Admission requirements

The following criteria must be met in order to be admitted to the Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation.

General entry requirements: first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

Specific entry requirements: specialisation comprising 90 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains:

  • architecture
  • landscape architecture
  • landscape planning
  • community planning
  • physical planning
  • human, social and economic geography
  • a portfolio submitted as per instructions and approved.

The 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 and images?

If the portfolio meets the above criteria, the applicant is deemed qualified and considered able to profit from the programme. The assessment of the portfolio is made by the programme board for education in landscape and horticulture. The specific entry requirements stated above can also be met by someone who has received equivalent knowledge through a corresponding qualification from abroad or in some other way.

In addition, knowledge equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course 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. English 6 can also be obtained in other ways. These are specified on

There are specific entry requirements for each course included in the programme. These are described in the relevant course syllabus.

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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 practise 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.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Bachelor’s and Master's programmes. The scholarships are awarded by SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI).

A scholarship offered by SLU covers tuition fees only, no living or travel expenses are included. You need to pay the application fee even if you apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships awarded by the Swedish Institute are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master’s programmes and cover both tuition fees and living expenses. There are several different scholarships available depending on your background.


For information about tuition fees, please visit the programme page.


Degree of Master of Science with a major in landscape architecture.

Career paths

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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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. SLU's educational programmes give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of...

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Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU's educational programs give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of fields with strong connections to the UN sustainability goals. Our students are in demand on the labour market and often find employment immediately after graduating.

Teaching at SLU takes place in close cooperation with research. We are the only Swedish university offering professional degrees in the following fields:

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Forest science
  • Landscape architecture
  • Veterinary medicine.

The program offering also includes a number of international Master’s programs, such as Forest Ecology and Sustainable management, Horticultural Science, Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being and Sustainable Food Systems.

More than 40 per cent of our courses are taught in English, and 60 per cent of our Master’s students come from countries other than Sweden. At our campuses there are students from around 50 countries.

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SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Arrheniusplan 4
750 07 Uppsala

Phone no: 4618672800

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