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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.

Programme structure

Information in Swedish NLEKO Masterprogram i landskapsekologi, 120 hp

Second Level/Cycle. 120 credits (2 years, daytime, study tempo 100%). Start Autumn Term 2021.

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The two-year Master’s Programme consists of 120 credits

45 credits Mandatory advanced courses
15-45 credits Optional courses
30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)
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


Mandatory courses and optional courses

Autumn A-B Landscape Ecology - Theory and Design, 15 credits
Autumn C-D Applied Remote Sensing, and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits
Spring A-B Optional courses, 15 credits
Spring C Applied Aerial Photographic Techniques for Landscape analysis, 7.5 credits
Spring D Project in Landscape Ecology, 7.5 credits

Year 2


Optional courses and master thesis

    Optional courses, 0/15/30 credits
    Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30/45/60 credits



Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Earth sciences, Environmental sciences, Biology-earth sciences, Geography or Biology and that must include at least 15 ECTS credits Ecology. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.


Grades of academic courses, motivation letter and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme.

Application documentation specific for this programme

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)
  2. CV
  3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide explanation of grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme.

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.

How to apply and upload documents

Follow the instructions at on how to apply and how to submit your supporting documents. Please do not send any documents directly to the department.

Dates and deadlines

January 15 – Last date to apply for Master programmes for all applicants
Application period: October 16 - January 15

Application process

All applications must be sent through The number of students admitted to each of our programmes is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected by an admission committee.

Step-by-step guide

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