Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Introduction

SLU (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) is a university with a clearly defined role in society: to take responsibility for the development of learning and expertise in areas concerning biological resources and biological production. This responsibility stretches over the wide-ranging fields of agriculture, forestry and food industry to environmental questions, veterinary medicine and biotechnology. A comprehensive viewpoint, inter-disciplinary approach and applicability are keywords in SLU's research and teaching and in the contacts with industry and society.

University activities are spread between several departments in four faculties: the Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science, the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agriculture Sciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and the Faculty of Forest Sciences. A total of 3 200 people are employed at the University.

SLU offers a broad spectrum of educational programmes and single subjects courses. About 3 300 undergraduates and 800 postgraduate students are enrolled at SLU.

Main campuses are located at Alnarp, Skara, Ultuna and Umeå. Research and teaching activities are carried out throughout the country.

SLU concerns us all

SLU’s knowledge is an important component in many things that people take for granted. Whether it is the food we eat, or the animals we either husband on our farms or love as pets, or the forests that we wander in - all are subjects of SLU’s attention.

SLU works with everything that grows, whether it is plants that provide us with food, give us income, or are just there to be beautiful.

The knowledge that we supply is essential to enable us to utilize our forests, our landscapes, our soil and our animals in a sustainable way.

This sustainable use will allow us to develop, and will also guarantee a good quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

Research and education for life


Research and education at our university spans the range from genes and molecules to biological diversity, animal health, sustainable forestry and food supply – and all in a healthy environment. We are also concerned with global phenomena such as the global warming.

A comprehensive view, interdisciplinary studies and applicability are the ethos of SLU’s research and education, and in our contacts with industry and society.

At our university you will find people with an ardent interest and devotion to their work, and who combine traditional knowledge with a pioneer spirit.

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Master's Programme - Agroecology

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Alnarp

Using case studies and field experience, the Master´s Programme in Agroecology guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings ... [+]

Agroecology

 

Can agriculture support both man and the ecological systems? Is it possible to separate social and ecological systems within agriculture?

Using case studies and field experience, the Master´s Programme in Agroecology guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings, as well as people and local resources. The programme offers a head start for students who seek to work with development or research for agriculture to support small-scale farmers.

 

Farming and food production are ecologically, economically and socially important in all societies. Worldwide there is a need for academic experts that can deal with land use systems that are complex, multifunctional and rapidly changing. This programme investigates the social, economic and environmental barriers and opportunities for small scale and sustainable agricultural production. Some examples of subjects are: agronomy in a systems ecology perspective; farm production integrated with nature conservation and production of ecosystem services; the sociology of farming and agriculture.... [-]


Master's Programme - Animal Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Uppsala

The aim of the Master's Programme - Animal Science is to give you a scientific basis for the identification, analysis and solving of problems, taking into consideration the needs of the animal and society. [+]

Master's Programme - Animal Science

 

Farm animals primarily supply us with food and clothing, whilst our sporting and companion animals bring us other benefits. Do you care about the function and health of our animals?

 

Our domestic animals are of great importance for our society. Farm animals primarily supply us with food and clothing, whilst our sporting and companion animals bring us other benefits. Whatever we expect of our animals, it is important that they both function well and are in good health. We also have to consider the various needs of our society. Through advisory work, education, research and animal husbandry, animal scientists can improve the production and wellbeing of our animals. Within the international collaboration, animal science plays an increasing role when it comes to improving and developing animal husbandry practices. The program has a duration of 2 years and will prepare you for a number of careers, for instance research.... [-]


Master's Programme - Environmental Communication and Management

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Uppsala

In the Master's Programme - Environmental Communication and Management we learn how to understand communication processes, to create communicative strategies for environmental changes, organize collective action and mediate in environmental conflicts in a constructive way. [+]

Master's Programme - Environmental Communication and Management

 

Practical work in the field of natural resource management and sustainable development also involves communication. How can we manage conflicting interests between people and orginisations?

 

Communication plays an important role in the facilitation of sustainable management of natural resources and environmental issues. In the ECM program we learn how to understand communication processes, to create communicative strategies for environmental changes, organize collective action and mediate in environmental conflicts in a constructive way.

 

To work in practice with environmental change and sustainable development mean to work with people and communication. Communication is involved in all environmental issues: industries’ adaptation of environmental technology, governmental protection of wildlife, international governmental agreements etc. Companies, governmental agencies and environmental organisations are demanding people with professional skills in environmental communication. To facilitate sustainable development, society needs to know about e.g. plants, soils and water. But that is not enough. We also need to know about how to coordinate different resource users, how to motivate consumers to adapt environmental technology, and how to manage environmental conflicts.... [-]


Master's Programme - Euroforester

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Alnarp

This first class MSc programme in Euroforester is conducted in an international environment, preparing students for a career in the forestry sector. The MSc programme "Euroforester" has been developed in cooperation between 13 forest faculties in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden. [+]

Master's Programme - Euroforester

 

Forestry faces profound changes, thus forestry education must equip students with new skills. This first class MSc programme is conducted in an international environment, preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.

 

The forestry profession faces profound changes. Forests are no longer regarded simply as "factories" for wood production. The perspective has widened and the wide range of outputs from forests, has become a keen concern for the whole of society - nationally, regionally and globally. Across borders, countries share environmental and social issues; likewise, forest industries and markets increasingly cross national boarders. Consequently the forester of today must have a wide perspective and be capable of working in an international environment.... [-]


Master's Programme - Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Umeå

The Master's Programme - Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations covers different aspects of the management and conservation of fish and wildlife, including scientific theory and methods, as well as relevant laws and conventions at the international level. [+]

Master's Programme - Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations

 

Why is wildlife important to human life? How do we handle depleted populations? Become a student and help solve the problem!

 

The programme covers different aspects of the management and conservation of fish and wildlife, including scientific theory and methods, as well as relevant laws and conventions at the international level. It includes obligatory courses, a Master’s thesis and elective courses. The programme targets both Swedish and international students, including students from developing countries. It is offered by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, where approximately 55 researchers and PhD students actively conduct research in the fields of fish and wildlife management, biological conservation, and aquaculture.... [-]


Master's Programme - Rural Development and Natural Resource Management

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Uppsala

This Master's Programme - Rural Development and Natural Resource Management offers students knowledge and skills from different disciplines - with a key theoretical base in the social sciences - to create appropriate ways of managing rural problems in context. [+]

Master's Programme - Rural Development and Natural Resource Management

 

Why is it so difficult to collectively organise sustainable fishing in lake Chilwa in Malawi? What are the basic ideas of development policies of the European Union and the World Bank?

 

There is a growing recognition that the challenges in the development and management of rural areas globally are due to a multitude of social, economic, political and ecological factors. Understanding and dealing with this complex and multi-layered reality therefore requires interdisciplinary analyses and innovative solutions. This programme offers students knowledge and skills from different disciplines - with a key theoretical base in the social sciences - to create appropriate ways of managing rural problems in context.... [-]


Master's Programme - Sustainable Development

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Uppsala

The Master programme Sustainable Development offers opportunities to learn more about sustainable development in various disciplines. Sustainable development is an important political objective in Sweden, the European Union... [+]

Master's Programme -  Sustainable Development

 

Human activities affect and are affected by natural resources in many ways. Do you want to learn more about sustainable development in natural and social contexts?

 

The programme Sustainable Development offers opportunities to learn more about sustainable development in various disciplines.

 

 

Content

 

Sustainable development is an important political objective in Sweden, the European Union, and other countries all over the world. The concept of sustainable development has an interdisciplinary basis and applies a holistic approach incorporating economic, social and ecological dimensions. Knowledge of the way interactions between environmental and social factors affect economic development is central.... [-]


Master’s Program - Food of Life (Erasmus Mundus Program)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 Sweden Uppsala Denmark Fredriksberg Finland Helsinki Spain Barcelona + 6 more

Food of Life is a cross-disciplinary master’s program within the science of animal-derived foods. In a unique way the course combine animal science, food science and technology. [+]

Master’s Program - Food of Life

 

Food of Life is a cross-disciplinary master’s program within the science of animal-derived foods. In a unique way the course combine animal science, food science and technology.

Food of Life is a part of the Erasmus Mundus program initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. The two-year Master’s program builds on the expertise of four European universities:

 

-- University of Copenhagen,

-- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,

-- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,

-- University of Helsinki... [-]


Master’s Program Sustainable Forest & Nature Management (Erasmus Mundus)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Sweden Alnarp Italy Padua United Kingdom Bangor Germany Göttingen Denmark Copenhagen + 8 more

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) is a two-year world-class integrated programme aimed at enabling graduates to deal with the enormous challenges in sustainable management of natural [+]

Master’s Program Sustainable Forest & Nature Management (Erasmus Mundus)

 

Are you interested in a deeper understanding of holistic forest and nature management? Would you like to work as a forester in an international environment?

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) is a two-year world-class integrated programme aimed at enabling graduates to deal with the enormous challenges in sustainable management of natural resources, namely the challenge of management of forests and nature in an integrated landscape.

 

The MSc Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) offers:... [-]