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Master's Programme in Landscape Ecology

Landscape patterns and land use change are important components for understanding ecological processes affecting biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services.

As most political and economical drivers are expressed through human activities, having a landscape focus has recently been recognized as important to address many of our current environmental goals. Our education program builds on our research strengths in applied historical ecology, landscape analysis and resource management, linking community ecology with restoration and management of both terrestrial and marine environments.

This two-year Master’s program is for students that want to understand and explore the link between ecological processes, landscape patterns and human interactions. The program welcomes students with a multidisciplinary interest of ecology at broader spatial and temporal scales. It can provide an extended platform for topics such as habitat monitoring, conservation and restoration of biodiversity, ecosystem services and management of landscapes, seascapes and their associated resources.

Isands and water, Stockholm archipelago
Isands and water, Stockholm archipelago. Photo Sara Cousins.
  • Programme overview

    The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Degree project, which may extend over one or two terms. The compulsory courses in the program are both theoretical and practical, such as experimental design, data collection through field inventories and remote sensing, analyses and management of spatial data using geographic information systems (GIS). The optional courses in the program can include several different subjects so that the student acquires sufficient knowledge to complete the program with a thesis on landscape ecology.

    Year 1

    Autumn term

    Landscape Ecology - Theory and Design, 15 credits

    Applied Remote Sensing, and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits

    Spring term

    Optional courses, 15 credits

    Applied Aerial Photographic Techniques for Landscape analysis, 7.5 credits

    Project in Landscape Ecology, 7.5 credits

    Year 2

    The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis 30, 45 or 60 credits, which may extend over one or two terms: Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology 30/45/60 credits.

  • How to apply

    All applications must be sent through January 17 2022 - last date to apply for all applicants.

    Required supporting documentation

    In addition to the documents required by, the following documents must accompany all applications to this master’s programme:

    1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page). Please indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme in the letter.
      Further information: Frequently asked questions about admissions.
    2. CV
    3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS).

    If you are still studying for your Bachelor degree when making the admission application then please write in the personal letter which courses and credits are yet to be completed

  • Contact

    Student Counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Program responsible
    Sara Cousins