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Landscape Architecture MSc with a major in Landscape Architecture

Study for your Master’s degree at one of Europe’s major universities for landscape architecture, design, planning and governance.


Welcome to a comprehensive Master's programme that gives you the opportunity to help shape the places in which we live in a way that is sustainable for both humans and the environment. Bringing together landscape architects, landscape engineers, architects, environmental engineers and urban planners from all over the world, this programme attracts students who want to deepen their knowledge of landscapes on the basis of their own specialist skills. 

Based at the SLU campus in Alnarp - close to Malmö and Copenhagen and in one of the most vital regions of northern Europe with four universities nearby - the focus of the programme is the planning, design and management of both small-scale urban open space as parks and plazas as well as large-scale regional landscapes. Depending on the desired focus of your studies, you will be able to choose courses from the fields of climate change and urban sustainability, ecosystem services, horticultural design, cultural heritage and process knowledge. 

After graduation, and with a Master’s degree in landscape architecture, you will have the skills required for a professional career within the field, possibly as an urban planner, landscape designer or landscape manager The programme also prepares you for PhD studies, if you want to continue to build your academic career.

Do you want to study abroad during the education? On this page you will find different international opportunities within the programme.


Name: Landscape Architecture- Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2024

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

First semester: SEK 99500
Total: SEK 398000

Application deadline for international students: 2024-02-01
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2024-04-15

Study location: Alnarp
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: On-campus
Application code for Swedish students: 81073
Application code for international students: 81055


To be eligible for the Landscape Architecture - Master’s programme, the requirements are:
• General entry requirements: a Bachelor´s degree (undergraduate cycle) corresponding to a minimum of 180 credits
• Specific entry requirements: 90 credits specialisation in one of the following subjects/educational areas:
- Architecture
- Landscape Architecture
- Landscape Planning
- Built Environment
- Design
- Spatial Planning
- Geography
- Landscape Science
- Environmental Science
- Civil Engineering

The specific admission requirements according to the above can also be fulfilled by those having corresponding qualifications from a foreign degree or if corresponding qualifications have been obtained in alternative ways.

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 universityadmissions.se.

For entry to the different courses included within the programme, the specific entry requirements prescribed for each individual course apply.
Admission to some of the courses (marked whit 1 during “CONTENT AND OUTLINE, b) courses in the program”) requires an approved portfolio according to instructions decided by the Programme board for educations within landscape and horticulture.

It is further recommended that the applicant has knowledge and skills corresponding to at least 15 credits from studio/project courses in landscape architecture.


Degree awarded on completion of the programme

Landscape Architecture – Master’s Programme aims at a Degree of Master of Science with a major in Landscape Architecture, a general qualification. See local instructions.

Students who fulfill the qualification requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) will be provided with a degree certificate upon request. The degree certificate will specify the qualification as Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Landscape Architecture.

Degree requirements

A Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Landscape Architecture will be awarded on completion of the course examinations (Pass grades) to the value of 120 credits, with the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 30 credits courses shall concern in-depth study within Landscape Architecture (A1N, A1F),

  • a minimum of 30 credits shall concern independent work (degree project) within Landscape Architecture (A2E),

  • a maximum of 30 credit courses at first cycle level.

    There is additional requirement of a completed Degree of Bachelor, Professional Degree of a minimum of 180 credits or a corresponding overseas qualification.


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. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


The courses offered in this programme represent a broad range of subjects in landscape architecture. The programme is based on contemporary and international theories in landscape architecture, in addition to research and knowledge developed by SLU in relation to practice and the profession. There are courses in open space design, urban and rural landscape planning as well as horticultural and dynamic vegetation design.

In addition, students can combine various courses to tailor their profile according to personal preferences and interests. Teaching includes a combination and synthesis of skills training and relevant theoretical input. Students will learn to use various computer programs for planning, design, analysis and presentation.

The final semester involves a degree project, for which students independently plan and carry out a theoretical and practical project.

Students on the programme are automatically admitted to the first courses of the semester:

  • Explorations into Landscape Architecture, 15 credits
  • Landscape Theory, Methodology & Practice, 15 credits

In the second semester, students will take elective courses that they will need to apply for via  www.universityadmissions.se.


In addition to being admitted to the programme, students need an approved portfolio for certain courses. The eligibility requirements are described in the course syllabuses.

The following courses require portfolios:

  • Digital Landscape Visualisation (LK0368)
  • Studio Project – Transforming Urban Landscapes (LK0442)
  • Studio Project – Large Scale Structures, Analysis and EIA(LK0447)
  • Studio Project - Site, Concept and Artistic Design Methods (LK0450)
  • Studio project - Composition, Materiality and Design practice (LK0445)

Instructions for the portfolio 

Visit the student pages to find out more.



This programme provides students with a strong basis and the relevant tools for a forthcoming career within the field. Professional roles include urban planner, landscape designer or landscape manager. Skills can be transferred to other professions based on knowledge about contemporary society and landscape development.

Degree awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a Major in Landscape Architecture.


Year 1

Urban Landscape Design

2025-01-20 - 2025-03-24
15.0 hp
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Theme course 2025

2025-03-25 - 2025-06-08
15.0 hp
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Year 2

People and Environment

2024-11-01 - 2025-01-19
15.0 hp
Beskrivning av grafiken nedan

Urban Landscape Design

2025-01-20 - 2025-03-24
15.0 hp
Beskrivning av grafiken nedan

Theme course 2025

2025-03-25 - 2025-06-08
15.0 hp
Beskrivning av grafiken nedan


Portfolio instructions

To be fully eligible for some of the courses within the Landscape Architecture Master's programme, you need to submit a portfolio according to the instructions. Instructions for the portfolio 2024/2025 are presented here.

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Campus Alnarp

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