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 in 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.
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The two-year Master's Program consists of 120 credits
45 credits Mandatory advanced courses
15-45 credits Optional courses
30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)
Year 1 - Mandatory courses and optional courses
Landscape Ecology - Theory and Design, 15 credits
Applied Remote Sensing, and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits
Optional courses, 15 credits
Applied Aerial Photographic Techniques for Landscape analysis, 7.5 credits
Project in Landscape Ecology, 7.5 credits
Year 2 - Optional courses and master thesis
Optional courses, 0/15/30 credits
Degree project in Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30/40/60 credits
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.
Why Stockholm University?
Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference
Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.
Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.
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 program.
Application documentation specific for this program
In addition to the documents required by universityadmissions.se, the following documents must accompany all applications to this Master’s Program:
Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page)
A brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide an explanation of the grading scale.
List your courses to indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the program.
If you are still studying for your Bachelor's 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 universityadmission.se 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 programs for all applicants
Application period: October 16 - January 15
All applications must be sent through universityadmissions.se. The number of students admitted to each of our programs is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected by an admission committee.