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Food and Landscape MSc with a major in Food Studies

Help create future sustainable perspectives on food by learning about the relation between food, people and places.
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Welcome to a Master’s programme that gives you in-depth knowledge about customer-producer relationships, where food comes from and how it is a part of our culture. Covering topics such as how urban and rural landscapes can be planned, designed and maintained from a sustainability perspective regarding the consumption and production of food, this programme is perfect if you would like to work as a strategist in food or food and sustainability. 

Your fellow students on this interdisciplinary programme will have a background from a variety of different domains from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to create your own profile by taking courses from other SLU programmes and higher education institutions in Sweden and abroad. 

With a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science you will have a broad understanding of the entire food and landscape chain and have sufficient tools in strategic planning, communication and advocacy for sustainable development to be employable both nationally and internationally. You will also be able to continue your studies towards a PhD.


Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 60 800 
Total: SEK 243 000

Program code: LM010
Name: Food and Landscape
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

Study location: Alnarp
Pace of study: Helfart
Teaching form: Campus

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

Application code for international students: 81003
Application code for Swedish students: 81004

Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Food Studies.

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

There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


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.



After your graduation you can work as ie.:
- strategist in food or food and sustainability strategist, for example with a municipality or regional government
- tourism and marketing developer
- entrepreneur in gastronomy and the food sector
- production
- project manager
- food companies and trade
- communication
- education 
- research


Watch how you can be involved in shaping the food landscape of the future.
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Campus Alnarp

Campus Alnarp is located in a large park surrounded by agricultural fields close to the sea between Malmö and Lund in southern Sweden. There is so much for students to explore here. Apart from all the activities on campus, you will also have access to the cities of Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. Campus Alnarp’s study programmes focus on landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture and silviculture in southern Sweden. The campus has computer rooms, a restaurant, café, landscaping and horticultural laboratories, and a library with thousands of digital journals, databases and three kilometres of printed materials. The student unions organise many activities, ranging from weekly coffee-drinking get-togethers to comedy sketches and proms. 


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