Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Recent advances in computer graphics, sensors and screen technology give us unprecedented possibilities to completely immerse humans in virtual environments or augment real environments. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) constitute a completely new computing paradigm finding its way into applications for industry, health care, education, entertainment etc. This master's programme aims at educating qualified professionals who can design, implement and evaluate VR and AR applications while also considering the ethical, cultural, and social implications of such technology.
The master's programme offers a truly holistic approach to VR and AR technology in a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and learning environment.
Courses in e.g. computer graphics, image analysis, interaction design, VR and AR are blended into a unified learning experience that covers the whole range from enabling technologies to the final user experience of VR/AR applications. At the core of the master's programme is the assumption that VR/AR technology is best learned when students fuse theoretical knowledge and technical skills with design thinking. This specifically means that active experimentation is a fundamental pillar of the master's programme, which means laboratory work and project assignments in Lund University's top tier laboratories. Examples of concrete content in the master's programme include:
- Computer graphics and its implications for VR/AR applications
- Image analysis and its applications in VR/AR tracking
- 3D interaction in VR/AR applications
- User-centred design methodology for VR/AR development
Detailed course information will be provided later.
The demand for engineers specialised in VR/AR technology is increasing rapidly. For this reason, local and global companies are strongly committed to contributing to the master's programme in various ways. Most importantly, this means huge opportunities to make project assignments and master thesis for companies, solving real world problems by applying VR/AR technology in a creative and innovative manner.
Students graduating from the Master’s programme in Virtual reality and Augmented reality will be extremely attractive for industry in the near future. For example, job market company Hired has reported a 1400% demand growth for VR/AR engineers in 2019. As the VR/AR research field is growing quickly, there are excellent opportunities for an academic career as well. The number of doctoral student positions is increasing all over the world and the master's programme provides qualifications for research studies at PhD level.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
See this Master's programme structure for 2021–22 (PDF, new window)
A word from the programme director
What industry representatives say
International Master Coordinator:
Lykke Jacobson, E-mail: msc [dot] vrar [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics (including calculus in one and several variables,linear algebra, systems and transforms and probability theory and statistics) of at least 30 credits/ECTS, and basic skills in object-oriented programming (at least onecourse). English 6.
The selection is based on academic qualifications.
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.
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 www.universityadmissions.se 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 www.universityadmissions.se. 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 lu.se.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit the document 'Summary sheet’ when you apply to this programme. To do this you need to:
- Fill in our template.
- Save the template as a PDF.
- Upload the PDF to your account at universityadmissons.se.
No additional programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.
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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 www.universityadmissions.se. 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.
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 Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada student finance