Masters in Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-Being

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree

Start dates
Fall 2024

Fall 2024
Masters in Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-Being

About this program

MSc in Environmental Psychology

Study this distance-based Master’s programme and learn how outdoor environments in people's everyday life can promote development, health and well-being.

Welcome to an international programme that gives you the opportunity to investigate how outdoor environments can be designed and used as a way of promoting health and well-being. The in-depth courses will teach you how different locations work for different groups of people and how humans perceive, use and are affected by nature and other elements in the outdoor environment. Would you like to gain knowledge useful in planning for an attractive outdoor environments, that activate children, young people and the elderly? Then this is the programme for you! 

Environmental psychology and landscape architecture are the starting points of this programme, which provides essential knowledge for urban planning and for the design of outdoor environments for healthcare services, schools, housing and public environments.  

With a Master’s degree in Environmental Psychology you will have the skills needed to take on strategic roles in the development and more active use of physical environments in public domains, as well as adapting them to specific user groups, for example schools and healthcare environments. 

This programme is a distance-based education, meaning admittance to this program will not make you eligible for a residence permit in Sweden. 

The programme includes 2-4 meetings per course. These meetings will take place online in the autumn of 2021 and spring 2022. Some physical meetings on campus may become relevant in the spring of 2022.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being – Master’s Programme, the requirements are:

  • General entry requirements: a Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate cycle) corresponding to a minimum of 180 credits

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 at

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.

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

It is further recommended that at least 15 credits have been taken within any of the behavioral disciplines, health care, education, design, environmental science, landscape architecture, gardening or forestry.

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Program content

This programme is aimed at students from different academic or professional fields. It provides scientific perspectives and concepts within the relevant subjects in an interdisciplinary context that can be used both to understand and explain the interactions between people and the physical outdoor environment and to apply the acquired knowledge in different societal contexts.

Examples of subjects include the interdisciplinary research discipline that studies nature-assisted therapy/health promotion and the role of outdoor environments for learning and development, e.g. within outdoor education and habilitation. It also includes broader perspectives such as spatial planning or landscape design informed by environmental psychology. Special attention is given the importance of outdoor environments for individual development, quality of life, well-being and health.

You will also study national and international approaches to integration of green environments in an urbanisation/densification context, focusing on public health through access to natural environments. The health aspects will cover promotion as well as illness prevention and treatment. These concepts include an understanding of the influence of green environments with indirect (e.g. increased physical activity) as well as direct (e.g. reduced negative effects of stress) health effects.

The programme also deals with the specific role of public space in relation to emotions and restorative mechanisms important for public health. Students are given assignments to practise various methods used to survey the use, experience and effects of different outdoor environments such as gardens, parks, forests and other types of natural environments and public spaces, including the role of animals in everyday life.

Each course combine mandatory campus meetings with tasks carried out independently and/or in groups. The different campus meetings can be held at different SLU campuses.

When applying, you can choose to study the programme full-time or part-time.


Tuition Fees: Only citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees.

First semester: SEK 68,500

First semester half time: SEK 68,500

Total: SEK 274,000


Degree of Master of Science with a major in Environmental Psychology.

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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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