Master of Science in Landscape Ecology


Programme Description

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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Programme structure

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)

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 centre 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.


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 program.

Application documentation specific for this program

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. A brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide an explanation of the grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfil 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 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

Application process

All applications must be sent through 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.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

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