Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, General - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Do you long to work to ensure the balance of nature and a sustainable society? The Master’s programme in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science gives you the high level of expertise to work on issues in spatial planning and areas relating to the environment, nature and climate change. As a student, the programme prepares you for jobs in both societal sectors and the business sector.
This Master’s (120 credits) programme gives you specialised knowledge in the physical geography subjects of land and vegetation, terrain forms and ecosystems, water and climate, environment and global changes. There are several options for specialisation. During the programme, you can choose to specialise in, for example, environmental and climate systems, global environmental issues and global cycles, environmental analysis methods, GIS with an environmental orientation or remote sensing with an environmental orientation.
The programme is conducted in English. Many of the lecturers 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.
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. The next course covers climate change and its environmental effects. Thereafter, you choose either to study different ecosystem models or take two short courses on spatial analysis or geographical databases. Lastly in the spring semester you learn about satellite-based remote sensing.
The second year begins with an in-depth look at the interplay between the biosphere and the atmosphere; you learn about the processes that control the state and flow of mass and energy. Alternatively, you study a course on geographical information systems (GIS). This is followed by a course on global ecosystem dynamics, about how ecosystem processes among other things are affected by direct and indirect climate effects as well as different actors and their ecosystem services. This course has an interdisciplinary perspective to illuminate the interaction between local, regional and global driving forces and changes. Finally, you carry out a degree project based on the topic that interests you.
The programme is structured so that you can choose to follow the courses selected for the programme, or customise your programme with 45 credits from elective courses. When you have been admitted to the programme, you are guaranteed a place on all courses, provided that you fulfil the entry requirements of the courses.
The Master’s programme in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science links to a large number of important societal issues and prepares you for work in public and private organisations, both locally and globally. You can, for example, work on climate and water issues, municipal nature conservation planning, tests and inspections in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, maintenance and management duties, aid activities, issues related to the EU, data processing and development of analysis methods. After the programme, you are also eligible to apply for third cycle studies.
There is more information on the programme at http://www.nateko.lu.se/masters/nateko
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
Email: susanna [dot] olsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Degree of Bachelor of Science of at least 180 credits in physical geography, geology, geoscience, biology/ecology, physics, agronomy, forest science, environmental science or the equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
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.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
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 the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- 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 (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph 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.
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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply for this programme.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
First payment: SEK 72 500
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*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.
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.
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.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance