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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 with a major in food studies 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.


Name: Food and Landscape
Level: Bachelor
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2023

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

First semester: SEK 62500
Total: SEK 250000

Application deadline for international students: 2023-01-16
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2023-04-17

Study location: Alnarp
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Number of admission places: 25
Application code for Swedish students: 81004
Application code for international students: 81003

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 antagning.se/universityadmissions.se.

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

Degree: Degree awarded on completion of the programme Masterprogrammet Food and Landscape syftar till en masterexamen som är en generell examen. Ytterligare examina kan vara möjliga om kraven för dessa uppfylls. Se SLU:s lokala examensordning. Den student som uppfyller fordringarna för examen får på begäran ett examensbevis. Till examensbeviset knyts benämningen masterexamen med huvudområdet Food Studies (Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Food Studies). Degree requirements A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Food Studies is awarded to students who have successfully completed the qualification requirements of 120 credits according to the following: - a minimum of 30 credits within the main field of study, food studies (A1N, A1F); - a minimum of 30 credits from a degree project within the main field of study, food studies (Master’s degree project/A2E). First-cycle courses can constitute a maximum of 30 credits, provided these credits were not included in a qualifying first-cycle degree or equivalent. In addition, a Degree of Bachelor, a professional qualification of at least 180 credits or an equivalent qualification from abroad is required.


Admission: 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 16 January 2023. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


This cross-disciplinary Master’s programme covers the relationships 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 cross-disciplinary, 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 food studies as a discipline.

Students on the programme will have the opportunity to learn about the tools and methods for strategic planning, design, entrepreneurship, management and communication centred on the food landscape as a part of sustainable development, covering all aspects, from local to global.

The programme also includes learning how to communicate 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 sustainable 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 establish a knowledge base and an understanding of the relationships between landscape, food and people – food culture – and how this may be used in sustainable planning. The course comprises 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.

In the second year, students will address problematisation in a globally focused course. This is followed by an applied project group task, applying 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 in a food or landscape-related subject.

The courses utilise several teaching methods to promote student learning and creativity and equip students with tools for future professional situations. Methods include 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 will have developed 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.

Visit the student pages to find out more and read the syllabus.


After graduation, students can work as strategists in food or food and sustainability, tourism and marketing developers, entrepreneurs in gastronomy and the food sector and project managers. It is possible to work within production, food companies and trade, communication, education, and research.

Degree awarded

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


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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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