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Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits


This Master’s programme gives you an interdisciplinary education specialising in the environment and climate of Arctic areas. The programme covers how biological, physical geographical and societal processes shape and affect the Arctic environments. You gain knowledge of global environmental issues and global cycles as well as specialised expertise regarding climate change in the Arctic, as well as environmental issues and environmental management in the region.

In connection with the Arctic becoming more and more accessible for people, activity is increasing in the area, which affects both the natural resources and population there. As a student in our Master’s (120 credits) programme, you gain experience of planning and tools for environmental management in the region. The programme also prepares you to be able to collaborate in interdisciplinary teamwork with colleagues from different international and cultural backgrounds.


The programme is a joint Nordic Master’s programme offered by Lund University, the Agricultural University of Iceland and the University of Helsinki. As a student, you can earn a degree from two of these universities. The Master’s programme includes a compulsory semester in Iceland, and you will also have access to courses and research projects at one of the four other partner universities in the programme. These are the University of Oulu, the University of Århus, the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Estonian University of Life Sciences. The programme is conducted in English.


Many of the lecturers in the programme are also researchers. At our department, research focuses on climate and environmental issues both locally and globally and mainly using an interdisciplinary approach. Our researchers have a very extensive international network of contacts and carry out field studies in many countries.


Programme structure


In the first year, you initially study a course on greenhouse gases and biochemical cycles. This also includes field studies in a subarctic environment, around Abisko in northern Sweden. Thereafter, you study a number of shorter online courses in, among other things, statistical tools and climate change in the Arctic. During the next semester, you study in Iceland. The courses cover research ethics and communication as well as environmental management and environmental changes in the Arctic, and sea ice ecology.


The second year begins with elective courses at one of the universities participating in the Master’s programme. You can deepen your knowledge in a relevant subject you wish to have as part of your profile. Finally, you carry out a degree project based on the topic that interests you.


When you have been admitted to the programme, you are guaranteed a place on all courses, provided that you fulfil the specific entry requirements of the individual courses. 


Career prospects

The accelerating changes in Arctic environments increase the need for expertise with interdisciplinary knowledge about the region’s environmental issues. There is a need for people who have expertise in external monitoring and interpreting current research results and converting these into concrete strategies and policies in work for a sustainable situation in the Arctic. After completing the Master’s programme, you will be trained for jobs in areas such as environmental conservation, consultancy, climate modelling and also research focusing on Arctic environments.


There is more information on the programme at

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Selection criteria

based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, particularly qualifying courses, as well as a statement of purpose for the application and professional qualifications and/or other practical experience of relevance to the study programme (from the applicant s Summary sheet ).

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Start Autumn Semester 2021

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In English

Study period

30 August 2021 - 2 June 2023


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations