Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation

Published: 09 June 2020

The ongoing urbanisation poses major challenges for the development of urban and rural landscapes. Within landscape achitecture 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.

The UN sustainable development goals in our teaching

Programmes at SLU generate knowledge which contributes to the goals for sustainable development, both in Sweden and internationally. 


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.

Want to know more? You can read the syllabus at the student web.

Portfolio - Instructions

Portfolio instructions for applying to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master’s Programme

A portfolio is a collection of samples from projects, assignments or other work that have been carried out during previous education or previous professional activity. The submitted portfolio should include examples from three (3) projects or assignments that illustrate, in both text and images, the student’s ability to plan or design a landscape or an environment. The balance between amount of text and images depend on the treated subject. The text must be correctly referenced and reflect the student’s choice as well as his/her relation to the illustrated landscape.

A jury assigned by SLU will evaluate the portfolio according to following aspects:

  • Relevance of the treated subject – has the student worked with questions relevant for landscape architecture?
  • Level of knowledge – has the student handled the subject in a relevant theoretical context?
  • The skill of the work – has the student presented an ability to handle the project or assignment in words as well as visually?

The University’s evaluation of the submitted portfolio will, apart from the formal application, be the decision basis on whether the student can be accepted to the programme or not. The students will not receive comments on submitted portfolios.

Portfolio format:

  • Maximum of 12 pages
  • Either in A4 or A3 format
  • Saved as a PDF document (max 60MB)
  • The portfolio must be anonymous

The portfolio, including the presented projects/assignments within the portfolio, must beanonymous. Write only your application number from or in the portfolio.

The portfolio should be submitted in an e-mail as a PDF-file to the e-mail address:

Name the PDF-file “Portfolio_LASU_x.pdf” (x = your application number). In the e-mail you write both your name and application number. Write in the e-mail’s subject field: Portfolio LASU

Please note:

That you, international students, should also apply to the programme at

The last day for application is 15th of January 2020.

The last day for submitting the portfolio is the 3rd of February 2020.

Welcome with your application to the Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master’s programme in Uppsala!

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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.

Qualification awarded

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


Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

Next start: Uppsala, 31 August 2020
Number of admission places: 15

Application period 16 Oct 2019 - 15 jan 2020: All international students
Application period 16 March 2020-15 April 2020: Swedish students and students within EU/EEA

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
First instalment: 90 000 SEK 
Total programme: 360 000 SEK 

All applications are made through the Swedish online application service at Find out how to apply and more about the application and admissions process (on our website).


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